Office of Educational Research and Outreach

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.

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 on the About page.

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.

On-campus

All classrooms on the Blacksburg campus have high-speed wireless internet access points. All computing centers are wired with 10-base T LAN lines.

Educational Technology Lab

  • More than 40 computers for student use. Desktop PCs run Window 7 & 8. Apple notebook computers (wireless enabled) run OS X. All computers have many of the latest productivity and multimedia software packages.
  • A digital video and digital audio production facility
  • SmartBoard systems for interactive whiteboard presentations

Math Emporium

  • More than 500 networked, Apple computers running Mac OS X
  • Proctoring available

Innovation Space

The InnovationSpace is a multimedia computer lab open to the students, faculty, and staff of Virginia Tech, as well as the local general public, with the mission of providing assistance through free and open access to software, hardware, and specially-trained staff.

 

Off-campus

Tom Williams
Associate Director, OERO
Associate Professor
Phone: 540-231-8337
Email: thwilli1@vt.edu

Dana Long
Grant Coordinator Assistant
Phone: 540-231-4952
Email: dana13@vt.edu

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

Jeeyoung Chun
Graduate Assistant
Email: jeeyoung@vt.edu

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

Budget:

Contact Paul Zvonkovic: paulz@vt.edu | (540) 231-9694

Contact Dana Long: dana13@vt.edu

Hiring

Regardless of type of position, it is imperative that you contact Lori Berry (loberry@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

All OERO research, including funded research, can be found on the School of Education Research Page:

All OERO research, including outreach initatives, can be found on the School of Education Research Page:

Contact Us

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

Email
Grant Coordinator Assistant
Dana Long: dana13@vt.edu

Phone
540-231-4952