Dissertation Writers

CEDaR invites doctoral students who are in the writing phase of their dissertation, or any student who wants to work on independent research projects, to join this graduate student working group. The working group provides a time and space for students who are no longer in coursework, or who want a network of early scholars, to build community, collaborate and get feedback on their dissertation/project. This group meets weekly on TUESDAY in COLLINGS HALL ROOM 340. You can come and go as needed. This working group decides how to structure their work time. Bring a project or a question. CEDaR can provide resources for working group members such as faculty guests, workshops, help with department dissertation processes and more.

If you have not been able to meet on Mondays, and you are interested in collaborating, we are creating a graduate student collaboration database. Please add yourself to this list so that other students can reach out to you, and you can contact others:

Sharing Scholarship

CEDaR aspires to showcase the brief bios, recent scholarly research works of the JRCoE new faculty and graduate students on our website. Scholarly works that you choose to be featured could be a journal article, conference presentation, and any other academic accomplishments.

Please visit SHARING SCHOLARSHIP page to enjoy the accomplishments of the JRCoE academic community.



CEDaR seeks opportunities to support interdisciplinary work within our university, as well as with statewide organizations. Examples of our collaborations include grant-writing, literature review, research design, data collection, data analysis, serving as an external evaluator, and conducting workshops for professional development. 

Four Year Research Engagement (FYRE)

For this interdisciplinary project, CEDaR worked on the grant proposal in collaboration with the Principal Investigator (PI) from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for a four-year longitudinal study, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2017. CEDaR conducted an extensive literature review to create the research constructs including surveys, questionnaires, and assessments that were reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) located at the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma.

John Rex School

John Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES), located at Oklahoma City Downtown, is sponsored by Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCoE). In 2017, CEDaR served as an external evaluator to collect and assess feedback from parents throughout the process of designing the constructs for the surveys, distributing and monitoring the surveys, and collecting and analyzing the qualitative and quantitative data gathered through the surveys.

Rural Educators Engaged in Bioanalytical Engineering Research and Teaching (RET III)

CEDaR has been an external evaluator for the RET III Project (Rural Educators Engaged in Bioanalytical Engineering Research and Teaching). Funded by the NSF, this program recruited rural Oklahoma educators as participants with the goal of increasing teacher self-efficacy in teaching STEM concepts to rural students.


The advisory board is department elected faculty and students whose purpose is to promote and provide input regarding annual goals, activities, and services of CEDaR.  Board members are integral pieces of college-wide collaborative efforts as they are the liaison between CEDaR and each board member’s respective department.  Those serving on the board for the 2019-2020 academic year are:

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS)

Dr. Derek Houston, Faculty Member, Assistant Professor

Oluwayemisi Ogunade, Student Committee Member

Department of Educational Psychology (EIPT)

Dr. Amy Bradshaw, Faculty Member, Associate Professor

Laura Lewis, Student Committee Member

Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum (ILAC)

Dr. Kate Raymond, Faculty Member, Assistant Professor

Kristen Shelton, Student Committee Member

Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education (JRCoE) Staff

Michael Jenkins, Staff Committee Member