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Research Design Workshop for Faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions: July 21– 23, 2014

Objective: With support from a grant from the National Center for Education Research (NCER) in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, Michigan State University and Northwestern University will be conducting the 2014 Research Design Workshop for Faculty from Minority-Serving Institutions. The purpose of the Workshop is to provide an overview of quantitative education research design and introduce faculty from minority-serving institutions to the IES research community and its research culture. The long term goal of the Workshop is to increase the capacity of researchers from minority-serving institutions to develop and conduct rigorous evaluations of the impact of education interventions.
Type: Training
Dates: July 21– 23, 2014
Location: Hilton Orrington Hotel; Evanston, IL
The Research Design Workshop will be held at the Hilton Orrington Hotel in Evanston. The Hilton Orrington is located on Orrington Avenue, between Church and Clark Street, in the town of Evanston, just north of Chicago.
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Course Content: The Research Design Workshop for Faculty from MSIs provides an introduction to the basics of quantitative research design and analysis used in education research and development. It also provides participants with a conventional set of terminology and perspectives that are widely used in the quantitative education research community. This workshop focuses primarily on exploratory and efficacy research and therefore will not cover the entire range of research methods supported by IES.

MSI Faculty seeking advanced, in-depth training on evaluating the impact of education interventions should apply for the Summer Research Training Institute on Cluster-Randomized Trials instead.

The proposed schedule and content to be covered during the Workshop can be found here.

Michigan State University and Northwestern University are providing support for this Research Design Workshop for Faculty from Minority Serving Institutions through grant R305U110001 from the Institute of Education Sciences.
Eligibility Requirements and Selection Criteria for Training Institute Fellows: This workshop is designed especially for faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) who have conducted, or are currently conducting or plan to conduct, quantitative research in education.

Applicants should be faculty at MSIs who wish to carry out high-quality education research of the type supported by IES. We will also accept applications from other MSI staff who are employed in carrying out education research. Minority Serving Institutions include:

  • Alaska Native-Serving Institutions
  • American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • High Hispanic Enrollment and Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Minority Institutions
  • Native American-Serving, Nontribal Institutions
  • Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions
  • Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)

Applicants must have a Ph.D or Ed.D degree. Applicants should also have a background in basic quantitative education research ideas, including some background in statistics. Familiarity with Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) or advanced statistics and research design, however, is not required. Extensive experience with statistical software is not necessary, but the workshop will require use of a "point-and-click" software, such as SPSS, for regression analyses.

Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).

The format of the workshop is a combination of lectures, discussions, and small-group exercises. The size of the workshop is restricted to no more than 15 participants. Each application will be evaluated on its own merits.

If selected for participation in the Research Design Workshop, individuals who require reasonable accommodations for disabilities should contact Valerie Lyne at Northwestern University.

Costs and Stipends: Northwestern University will pay for participants' travel to and from the Research Design Workshop site, lodging, and for course materials. Participants will be provided a per diem to cover the cost of meals on days of instruction. Participants are responsible for the cost of meals in transit (to and from the Workshop).
Application Procedures: The two-and-a-half day workshop will be offered July 21-23, 2014. (There is an optional dinner on Sunday, July 20.) If you are interested in attending the Research Design Workshop, please e-mail the following materials to Valerie Lyne at and complete the online application form at the link below by Tuesday, April 1, 2014:
  1. A copy of your curriculum vitae.
    Your curriculum vitae should include information on:
    • Your current title/position at your institution or organization
    • Your academic/professional degree(s)
    • Your citizenship status (citizen or permanent resident)
    • A list of currently funded research grants and the sources of funding
  2. A 2- to 3-page personal statement describing
    • Your institution's MSI-status.
    • Your current and planned education research projects
    • Your previous statistical training and familiarity with statistical packages such as SPSS, SAS, or HLM
    • How this workshop is likely to influence your future research

    Requirement: The personal statement is limited to 3 single-spaced pages in 12-point font and must be attached as a MS Word document or as a PDF file.
  3. Complete the online application form.

  4. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by Thursday, May 1, 2014, via e-mail. The selected applicants will receive the workshop course schedule and information about travel and lodging.
Contact Information:

For inquiries about the workshop and/or MSI-status:

Dr. Katina Stapleton
National Center for Education Research
Institute of Education Sciences
555 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20208
Telephone: 202-219-2154

For inquiries about the submission of application materials:

Valerie Lyne
Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University
2040 N. Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
Telephone: 847-467-4001