Funded Projects

2008-2010 Co-Principal Investigator, The CIRTL Network: Shaping, Connecting, and Supporting the Future National STEM Faculty. Funded by the National Science Foundation. I lead the evaluation and research team. Funding level for full project involving seven institutions: $5,085,696. Subcontract to MSU: $678,909.
2008-2013 Co-Principal Investigator. Impact of Professional Development Programs on Future STEM Faculty: A Mixed Methods Longitudinal Study. Funded by the National Science Foundation. CCLI 0817537; Total Grant $405,830 (P.I. Mark Connolly, UW Madison); Sept., 2008-August, 2013. Subcontract to MSU: $144,738.
2003-2008 Co-Principal Investigator for Research and Evaluation for a National Center entitled: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL). Funded by the National Science Foundation as one of two National Centers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM fields), CIRTL is a collaboration of STEM and higher education researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, and Pennsylvania State University. Responsible with Dr, James Fairweather for the research and evaluation components of the national project. Funding Level for MSU’s work in the Center for five years: $1,558,480.
2005-06 Researcher, Evaluation Study of the Ford Higher Education Initiative. I worked with James Fairweather (who wrote the proposal) on a one-year grant in response to an invitation from the Ford Foundation to study the impact of their funding in the higher education field.
2000-2001 Principal Investigator for a project entitled: Reconceptualizing Faculty Development: Reviewing the Past, Monitoring the Present, Envisioning the Future. Funded by a College of Education In-House Competitive Grant, this project involves surveys, interviews, and literature review to assess the current state of faculty development in higher education and to develop new theoretical perspectives appropriate for changing faculty roles and organizational environments and directions. Funding level: $4,430.
1995-2000 Co-Principal Investigator for a project entitled: The Development of Graduate Students as Teaching Scholars:  A Longitudinal Research Project. Funded by the Spencer Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, this qualitative four-year project (1995-1999) focused on the preparation of graduate students for teaching roles, and included examination of graduate students’ teaching-related experiences, their beliefs about teaching and learning, the messages they receive about teaching as a component of the faculty role, and their relationships with their disciplines. Funding level: approximately $450,000.
1996-1997 Co-Director for a project entitled: Realigning Institutional Missions and Faculty Work: Project on Lessons and Strategies. Funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, this project (March, 1996-December,1997) examined and supported institutional and departmental change efforts to achieve greater excellence in faculty work across multiple institutional missions at five large universities. Funding level: $150,000.
1997 Co-Principal Investigator for a project entitled: Evaluation Study of The Collaboration’s Summer Faculty Institutes. This project was commissioned by the Minnesota-based consortium called The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning and concerned multi-institutional summer programs to nurture teaching improvement.
1993-1994 Principal Investigator for a project commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts entitled: Evaluation Study of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Consortium-Based Faculty Development Strategy.  This project involved study of four different consortium arrangements linking major universities and liberal arts colleges for purposes of faculty development.
1991-1992 Member of a team (with Drs. K. Moore, R. Nienhuis, & J. Votruba) who wrote a proposal for a one-year grant (Summer, 1991-Summer 1992) entitled: Multi-Dimensional Excellence in Support of Multiple University Missions: Phase I. Funded by the Kellogg Foundation, the project brought together universities in the Council for Institutional Cooperation (CIC) to develop strategies that enhance faculty capabilities and nurture institutional environments that address the full range of university missions.  Funding level: $99,000.
1988-1990 Principal Investigator for a three-year project (January, 1988 – December, 1990) entitled: Evaluation of the Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellows Program. This project was funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and concerned faculty development for junior faculty in major universities.  Funding level:  $79,000.
1989-1990 Principal Investigator for a two-year project (January, 1989 – December, 1990) to continue data analysis on faculty data collected as part of the Project on the Academic Workplace at Small, Private Liberal Arts Colleges. The project was sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.  CIC secured funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., with additional support from TIAA.  Funding level:  $40,000.
1985-1988 Co-Principal Investigator for a three-year project (1985-1988) entitled: The Future of the Academic Workplace in Liberal Arts Colleges. This project was sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C.  CIC secured funding from the MacArthur Foundation, CBS, and the Ford Foundation, with support from TIAA.  Funding level: $40,000.
1987-1988 Member of a three-person research team (with Dr. W. Hawley and Dr. E. Goldman) that conducted a study for the Southern Regional Education Board during 1987 and 1988. The project concerned changes in teacher education programs and the role of institutional leaders in the change process.