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; and 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 their research. View recent examples below. Learn more about the nine Research Centers affiliated with the Neag School.

Rebecca Campbell

$500K NSF Grant Funds Interdisciplinary STEM Education Research

Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, is co-principal investigator on a new $500,000 federal research grant funded by the National Science Foundation. Read More on the NSF grant project


Student doing math writing exercise

More Than $5M in Federal Funding to Support Gifted Education Research

Neag School educational psychology faculty have secured more than $5 million in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Education’s Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act for two new research projects centered on gifted educationRead More on the Javits Grants


Professor Michael Coyne with schoolchildren

IES Awards $6.9M for Neag School Research

The Institute of Education Sciences has announced that researchers from UConn’s Neag School of Education have been awarded $6,896,988 over five years for three research projects related to special educationRead More on the IES Grant Awards

Dean Gladis Kersaint visits classrooms at East Hartford Middle School in November 2016. (Nathan Oldham/Neag School)

Incorporating Cultural Responsiveness into PBIS Framework

Segregation in schools was abolished in 1954 in the Supreme Court’s historical decision in Brown v. Board of Education. But this decree from the court did not magically wipe segregation or racial prejudices and tensions awayRead More on the NIH Grant


Mary Beth Bruder

Educating Educators to Help Children With High-Intensity Special Needs

Mary Beth Bruder has received a $6.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a doctoral leadership program to train 28 future faculty. These trainees will then design and teach courses and programs of study designed to prepare teachers, social workers, and therapists to provide specialized interventions to infants and young children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Read More on This $6.5M Grant

Devin Kearns

$2.5M Grant to Support BU Wheelock, Neag School Partnership Project

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $2.5 million in funding through its Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to special education faculty at Boston University (BU)’s Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and UConn’s Neag School of Education for a project that will fully fund five doctoral students at each institution over the next five years.Read More on This OSEP Grant

NRCA Teacher Professional Development

Professional Development Workshop for High School Science Teachers

The workshop training, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute on Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) grant, was developed and is taught by UConn Extension faculty from the Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) and partners from the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment; the Center for Environmental Sciences and Engineering; and the Neag School of EducationRead More on This USDA Grant

Image of black female leader in classroom, Story on Spencer Foundation Grant Funding Study by Weiner, Burton on how microaggressions and discrimination affect the experiences of black female principals

The Experience of Black Female Principals

Through a $50,000 grant from the Spencer Foundation, University of Connecticut assistant professor of educational leadership Jennie Weiner will investigate how microaggressions and discrimination affect the experiences of 25 black female principals. Neag professor Laura Burton is the co-investigator on this project. Read More on the Spencer Foundation Grant