Our Staff and Faculty
Jacinda K Dariotis
Director, Evaluation Services Center & Director of Research, CECH & Professor, School of Education , CECH Evaluation Services Center
638L Teachers College
Benjamin M Kelcey
Associate Professor of Quantitative Research Methodologies, CECH Research Methods
3311B Teachers College
My research focuses on causal inference and measurement methods within the context of multilevel and multidimensional settings such as classrooms and schools. With respect to causal inference, I develop and apply methods for statistical adjustment that enable researchers to mount focused, specific analogies of their observational studies to randomized experiments with emphasis on multilevel or clustered settings. In this way, I view statistical methods not as substitutes for random assignment but rather as tools to uncover objective information that will lead to well specified and designed randomized studies. My measurement work is also generally situated within multilevel contexts (e.g., measurement of teaching) and develops and applies methods to address the multilevel and multidimensional nature of teaching and learning. Statistically, these research areas unfold within the context of multidimensional, multilevel and cross-classified explanatory item response models, mixed effect models, propensity score methods, and analogues and extensions of each of these. The confluence of these statistical foci take substantive root in understanding the extent to which teacher and school factors can intervene to promote more effective and contextually responsive classroom and school environments. This work has included the measurement and analysis of teachers' knowledge, instructional quality and strategies, and student achievement to identify and develop methods of effective teaching and to establish links among these constructs.
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Vicki L. Plano Clark
Associate Professor, CECH Research Methods
638N Teachers College
As a methodologist specializing in mixed methods research, she studies the conduct of research that effectively integrates quantitative and qualitative approaches. Her scholarship focuses on delineating useful designs for conducting mixed methods research, examining procedural issues associated with these designs, and examining larger questions about the contexts for the adoption and use of mixed methods. She has written numerous books and articles in the field of mixed mehtods research. She was the founding Managing Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and currently serves as an Associate Editor. In 2011, she co-led the development of Best Practices for Mixed Methods in the Health Sciences for NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. In 2012 she became a founding co-editor of the new Mixed Methods Research Series with Sage Publications. She recently served as Chair of the Mixed Methods Research Special Interest Group of the American Association of Educational Research (AERA).
As an applied research methodologist, Vicki also engages in research and evaluation projects on a wide array of topics such as the management of cancer pain, the identity development of STEM graduate students, the professional development of teachers of Chinese, and the well-being of rural low-income families.
Before joining the University of Cincinnati in 2012, she was the director of the Office of Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, a service and research unit that provided methodological support for proposal development and funded projects at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). She also taught research methods courses in UNL's Educational Psychology department. Prior to that work, she spent 12 years developing innovative curricular materials for introductory physics as UNL's Physics Laboratory Manager.
Associate Professor & Associate Director of Research Methods, CECH Research Methods
638Q Teachers College