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Office of Educational Research and Outreach

The Office of Educational Research and Outreach (OERO) supports faculty and graduate students in Virginia Tech’s School of Education as they pursue evidence-based empirical and qualitative inquiries related to education, training, program and product evaluation, and related venues in statewide, national, and international contexts.

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Office of Educational Research and Outreach (OERO) supports faculty and graduate students in Virginia Tech’s School of Education as they pursue evidence-based empirical and qualitative inquiries related to education, training, program and product evaluation, and related venues in statewide, national, and international contexts.

Among our goals is the enabling of high quality research and data management in all areas related to education, pursuit of publicly and privately funded research initiatives, and the preparation or coordination of training related to grant-writing, budgeting, and project management.

The Office will maintain and build a culture of careful, intentional inquiry into human learning, where systematic collection and thoughtful use of data in education is the highest goal. We will encourage our faculty to continue investigations through the creation of team-based approaches that emphasize rigor and cross-disciplinary collaboration. We will continue to encourage the dissemination of findings to colleagues at national and international conferences.

The culture of Virginia Tech, a national leader in scholarship and outreach, has always valued and encouraged research. Faculty across the university, including units related to preparation of education or training professionals, have carried out substantive research for decades. Academic inquiry and writing has been and continues to be a central responsibility for all professors no matter their college or department.

As a land grant institution funded in part by the government of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the organization of the university has undergone changes as political leadership has changed or refocused priorities. For example, a number of years ago, what was known as the College of Education was reorganized into the College of Human Resources and Education (CHRE). Departments within the college remained largely the same as relatively autonomous entities. During this period, individual faculty or groups of faculty would use their own time and departmental resources to find, apply for, implement, and evaluate sponsored research proposals.

Starting in 2003, the university as a whole began a to restructure itself due to goals set by the administration. The hope is that Virginia Tech will continue to advance towards its goal to become a top 30 research institution. Departments from a number of colleges were examined and realigned based on overall research and teaching purposes. As a result, departments and program areas in education were placed in what is now known as the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS). The components of CLAHS are similar to, but more expansive than, the former CHRE components.

To ensure the identity of individual departments that deal specifically with teacher education and disciplines related to education or training (ex., health promotions, career and technical education, educational leadership), the School of Education was formed. Its leadership realized at an early stage that the School would benefit from two sub-units that would help departments maintain focus on the goals directly related to Virginia Tech’s central mission: research, teaching, and outreach. To handle the academic program areas and related affairs (such as accreditation, etc.), the Office of Academic Programs was created. The Office of Educational Research and Outreach (OERO) was also created to encourage and aid the School’s academic and research faculty as they seek sponsored research opportunities. Additionally, OERO oversees the research and outreach efforts of a number of centers. The specific mission and goals of OERO are listed below.

The first director of OERO is Dr. John K. Burton. The School of Education became an official Virginia Tech entity as of July 1, 2005.

OERO supports faculty and graduate students in Virginia Tech’s School of Education as they pursue evidence-based empirical and qualitative inquiries related to education, training, program and product evaluation, andrelated venues in statewide, national, and international contexts.

Goals

  1. Enable or develop high quality research and data management in all areas related to education.
  2. Pursue of publicly and privately funded research initiatives and contracts.
  3. Develop sponsored research inquiry, programs, and centers.
  4. Assist in the development of new lines of inquiry with an emphasis on those which have the potential to have national and international impacts.
  5. Prepare or coordinate training related to grant-writing, management, and project management.
  6. Develop research-related outreach activities and materials for constituents within and outside the university.
  7. Assist in the recruitment and retention of highly qualified faculty members, as well as the recruitment and training of promising graduate students.
  8. Facilitate in whatever way possible the communication of research findings and find practical means of implementing results.
  9. Enable interdisciplinary collaboration across the university that leads to educational research.
  10. Create relationships among and between academic and non-academic organizations to open venues of research and evaluation.

Vision

Our vision is to create a sustainable research unit that encourages a culture of careful, intentional inquiry into human learning, fosters systematic collection and thoughtful use of data in education, and creates rigorous, team-based approaches to research that earns respect at the national and international level.

Dr. Marcus L. Johnson
Associate Director
Professor
Phone: 540-231-4622
Email: marcusjohnson@vt.edu


Michelle Howell
Grant Coordinator Assistant
Phone: 540-231-4952
Email: mlhowell@vt.edu

Lori Berry
Grants & Contracts
Budgets Manager
Phone: 540-231-9694
Email: loberry@vt.edu

Vickie Martin
Fiscal Technician Senior
Office: 111 War Memorial Hall
Phone: 540-231-1140
Email: vmartin@vt.edu

Internal Grants

Azano, Amy, Racism and Rurality Webinar CLAHS Diversity Mini-grant program, $500
Catalano, Chase, Reimagining the History of Higher Education in the Digital Age, 4-VA,  $5,000
Catalano, Chase, Working Title: An Exploratory Study of the Experiences of Safe Zone Facilitators, Niles Grant, $5,000
Ellington, Breanna, “Assessing for suicidal ideation in children and adolescents: Virtual Reality-enhanced software for school counselor professional development”, ISCE, $9,975
Jones, Brett, Supporting Faculty Using the MUSIC Model, Pathway Grant, $5,000
Rasheed, Michelle, Wright, Heather (Co-PI), SEE VT Curriculum Project: Writing the Rural Food-Energy-Water Nexus, ICAT, $1,500
Boyles, Emily, Education Leaders’ Role in Fostering School-Family Partnerships to Improve the Literacy of Students Living in Poverty, Roop and Kavita Mahajan Research Awards, $2,500
Wells, John, Design Based Biotechnical Education -STEMbot: Fostering Critical Thinking Skills, Disciplinary Knowledge, and STEM Awareness, TLOS, $24,900
Hicks, David, "If this place could talk”, Provost, $7,500
Hicks, David, OSINT for Good (O4G): Preparing Under-Represented Students for Data Science Careers with Open Source Intelligence Training, Data & Decisions, $15,000
Hicks, David, Supporting Remote Design Critique of Physical Objects through Collaborative Augmented Reality $9,862

External Grants

Amy Azano (PI), Appalachian Rural Talent Initiative, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, $500,000
Amy Azano (PI), Summer Enrichment Experience at VT, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, $260,290
Patty Bickley (PI), Barbara Lockee  (co-PI), Laura Beeken (co-PI), T-TAC Continuation Proposal for the Training and Technical Assistance Center, VDOE, $1,531,171
Patty Bickley (PI), Barbara Lockee  (co-PI), Laura Beeken (co-PI), T-TAC Continuation Proposal for the Training and Technical Assistance Center, VDOE, $382,777
Nancy Bodenhorn (PI), Nancy Bradley (co-PI), Southwest Virginia Professional Education Consortium, VA Department of Education, $54,356
Bradley Bowen (PI), PEEC Phase II: 2+2+2+infinity:Pipeline for Tribal Pre-engineering to Society PEEC II:  PTIPS, South Dakota State University, $34,376
Brenda Brand (PI), Brandy Faulkner  (co-PI), AGEP Transformation Alliance: Supporting Underrepresented Participation in Research and Academia (SUPRA), National Science Foundation, $916,616
Chase Catalano (PI), Do I get a sticker for that?: A critical examination of how LGBTQIA+ ally training programs cultivate institutional concepts of safety, American College Personnel Association (ACPA), $3,000
Matthew Fullen (PI), Equipping Nutrition Services with Evidence-Informed Mental Health Skills, Georgia State University, $59,733
Matthew Fullen (PI), Equipping the aging network to address social isolation, loneliness, and elevated suicide risk among vulnerable older adults during Covid-19: A double blind partially nested randomized controlled trial, Georgia State University, $53.246
Matt Fullen (PI), Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Group Wellness Coaching Pilot Program in Life Plan Communities, Mathers Institute, $100,000
Paul Quigley (PI), David HIcks (co-PI), Experiencing Civil War History Through Augmented Reality: Soldiers, Civians, and the Environment at Pamplin Historical Park, National Endowment for the Humanities, $30,000
Tonisha Lane (PI), ACPA-College Student Educators International Emerging Scholars, American College Personnel Association, $3,000
Tonisha Lane (PI), Ian Shoemaker (co-PI), Broadening Access to Undergraduate Research for Underserved Students in STEM amid Unprecedented Times, The Spencer Foundation, $50,000
Tonisha Lane (PI), Graduate Student Scholarships to Advance Community Engaged Solutions to the Grand Challenge of Managing Nitrogen, University of South Florida, $67,987
Gerard Lawson (PI), David  Kniola (co-PI), Secondary School Climate Survey, VA Department of Criminal Justice Services, $197,847
Bill Price (PI), Joseph Makuni (PI), Globalization Business Skills, Diversity Awareness, and Entrepreneurship Workforce Development in Zambia, Department of Education, $99,232
Bill Price, Catalyzing Afghan Agricultural Innovation (CAAI), USAID, $55,407
Joseph Makuni, Catalyzing Afghan Agricultural Innovation (CAAI), USAID, $41,070 
Narendran Ramakrishnan (PI), Yasuo Miyazaki (co-PI), Collaborative Research: Framework: Software: CINES: A Scalable Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Innovation in Network Engineering and Science, University of Virginia, $347,671
Claire Robbins (PI), Examining the Role of Graduate Colleges in Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Public Universities, Spencer Foundation, $49,998
Dean Sutphin (PI), International Health Outreach, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, $3,083,330

Budget:

Contact Michelle Howell: mlhowell@vt.edu

OERO fiscal personnel will assist with managing your budget once you receive a grant award. Vickie Martin (vmartin@vt.edu) keeps track of grant awards, allocations, expenditures and current balances. All expenditures run through her so she can help you ensure Circular policy compliance. Vickie works closely with the OSP Post Award Administrators and is able to act as a liaison between you and OSP. Vickie runs monthly web reports and performs a reconciliation, which you will receive a copy of, and will assist you with closing out your grant.

All procedures related to grants for ordering merchandise, processing travel requests, state car reservations, or other fiscal matters should be handled by the staff support person that is assigned to the PI by their respective department. The staff support person must route fiscal transactions paid by grant money to Vickie Martin.

Contact Vickie Martin: vmartin@vt.edu | (540) 231-1140

Hiring

Regardless of type of position, it is imperative that you contact Michelle Howell (mlhowell@vt.edu) before allowing any individual to begin working for the School of Education.

The federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) prohibits the hiring of unauthorized aliens, and requires the eligibility of all employees to be documented; thus the federal requirement to obtain an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) for every employee ON OR BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF WORK.

Since a non-documented or improperly documented worker is not authorized to work, failure to comply with the provisions of this policy will result in an immediate suspension of the employee, without pay, until employment eligibility is determined and documented. Such suspensions will be initiated by Payroll in the University Controller's Office.

Faculty

Forms

OERO fiscal personnel will assist with managing your budget once you receive a grant award. Vickie Martin (vmartin@vt.edu) keeps track of grant awards, allocations, expenditures and current balances. All expenditures run through her so she can help you ensure Circular policy compliance. Vickie works closely with the OSP Post Award Administrators and is able to act as a liaison between you and OSP. Vickie runs monthly web reports and performs a reconciliation, which you will receive a copy of, and will assist you with closing out your grant.

All procedures related to grants for ordering merchandise, processing travel requests, state car reservations, or other fiscal matters should be handled by the staff support person that is assigned to the PI by their respective department. The staff support person must route fiscal transactions paid by grant money to Vickie Martin.

Contact Vickie Martin: vmartin@vt.edu | (540) 231-1140

Contact Us

Address
Public Safety Building,
Suite 201 (0313)
330 Sterrett Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Email
Michelle Howell
Grant Coordinator Assistant
mlhowell@vt.edu

Phone
540-231-4952