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Research & Outreach

Edward J. Kame'enui
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development


Our research and outreach units

The College of Education is home to 13 Research and Outreach units. Faculty in these units have a reputation for conducting cutting edge work in school reform, assessment, school wide discipline and behavior management, positive youth development, family interventions, special education, early intervention, and culturally responsive educational practices.  Our research and outreach programs touch children and families of all ages—from infants and toddlers to adolescents and young adults. See links on this page for more details on each center. Some highlights:

  • Funded research per faculty member is consistently among the highest in the nation, with research awards averaging $872,000 per tenure-related faculty member;
  • Faculty-developed research models, methods, curriculum, and assessment tools touch 97 percent of Oregon children and are used in more than 20,000 schools in the United States and internationally;
  • The COE achieved the distinction this year of receiving more research awards from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) than any other American university, outpacing larger education-research institutions such as Peabody at Vanderbilt, Curry at UVA, and Steinhardt at NYU. The college’s tenure-related faculty is far smaller than that of these institutions.
  • This research activity is translated into the development of services and products that produce 90 percent of all research licensing revenue earned by the university, or $6 million in annual revenue.

Our approach

COE research and outreach centers engage in possibility thinking. We see what can or should be through an intimate understanding and insightful criticism of what is. Educational and social changes often come about slowly. Overcoming such inertia requires passion and tenacity, but above all, it requires a fervent belief in the possible. In potential.

Some of the questions we are working to answer RIGHT NOW:

  • What if girls and students of color were actively encouraged to participate in computer sciences?
  • What if we could solve things like obesity and addiction though well-timed interventions with at-risk kids?
  • How can we leverage our expertise in social systems in equity to impact the Central American refugee crisis?
  • How do we bridge the gap between the component skills of reading and comprehension?
  • What if we were the first COE to require a research experience of all students, undergraduate and graduate?

Student Internship Opportunities

This document contains information about current student internship opportunities through COE's Research and Outreach Units.