Research Highlights

Research productivity and scholarly influence are a central foundation for the Neag School of Education. Its research portfolio currently averages more than $10 million in annual expenditures, with a mix of federally funded grant projects and state and local contracts. Neag School faculty actively compete for a diverse range of federal awards through the Institute for Education Sciences (U.S. Department of Education), National Science Foundation, and National Institutes for Health, and are regularly rewarded for their high-quality and innovative ideas. The expertise of Neag School researchers is highly sought at state and local levels to advance initiatives and evaluate outcomes. Together, the School’s faculty and departments are highly ranked across national metrics for their research productivity and scholarly influence.

The Neag School academic plan clearly acknowledges contributions to research and scholarship, and defines clear directions for moving into the future. The School’s strategic areas of focus are organized around the following four themes:

  • Equity and Social Justice
  • STEM Education
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Educator Quality and Effectiveness

Engaging in innovative education reform with substantial impact on students and the systems surrounding them requires coordinated work over time to simultaneously implement change, study its effectiveness, and share it widely in ways that have lasting impact. We will accomplish these goals through deepening our transdisciplinary collaborations among educators, policymakers, researchers, and stakeholders across multiple fields to establish the policies, funding streams, and evidence-based practices that will promote achievement of state and national education goals.

We welcome your interest in our scholarly work, and invite you to contact us for more information about our current projects as well as potential for collaboration.


Recent Research in the News

Faculty researchers from across the Neag School are regularly featured in stories and announcements regarding new grants and awards. View recent examples below. You can learn more here about the nine Research Centers affiliated with the Neag School.

Shaun Dougherty; Morgaen Donaldson; Institute of Education Sciences; IES; Grant Research; CTE; Education Policy; Principal Evaluation; School LeadershipNeag School Faculty Awarded More Than $2M in IES Grants

Two Neag School faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership have recently received funding — totaling more than $2 million — from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES), as part of the latest round of grants issued by the National Center for Education Research (NCER)’s Education Research Grants Program. Read More


NSF; National Science FoundationNSF Awards $3M Grant to Neag School’s Moss, Campbell, and UConn Colleagues

A group of UConn faculty that includes Neag School associate professors David Mossand Todd Campbell has received nearly $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), a program that seeks to enhance learning in informal environments as well as to broaden access to and engagement in STEM learning opportunities. Read More

Wallace FoundationWallace Foundation Names Neag School Part of $47M Principal Preparation Program Initiative

The Wallace Foundation has selected the University of Connecticut to participate in a $47 million national initiative to develop models over the next four years for improving university principal preparation programs and to examine state policy to see if it could be strengthened to encourage higher-quality training statewide. An independent study will capture lessons from the participating universities and their partners, to be shared with policymakers and practitioners across the country. Read More


Neag School Professors Renzulli and Beghetto Receive Grant from UPenn’s Imagination Institute

Professors Joseph Renzulli and Ronald Beghetto of the Neag School of Education have been awarded a $175,000 grant from the Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The grant will fund their research into creativity, imagination, and innovation as vital outcomes of schooling, and will include the development of a new series of validated instruments, a portfolio that documents schools’ outcomes, and a guidebook for schools to develop and extend their imagination, creativity, and innovation (ICI) resources.  Read More