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SUF College of Education

Office of Educational Research
June 2008

Office of Educational Research Bulletin (ORB)

News & Notes

PhD Students Survey

On the recommendation of the Research
Task Force, the OER conducted a survey
of current PhD students and alumni to
ascertain their career aspirations and the
quality of their preparation. A survey
report was drafted, and OER presented
the results on May 15. The session was
well attended, and constructive
feedback was offered for additional data
analyses. For those of you who were
unable to attend, we offer the following

Response Rates
52% of current COE students and
59% of COE alumni (1987-2007)

Summary of Findings

Current Students
Regarding plans for the future, 45% of
respondents indicated a strong or very
strong interest in becoming a professor
in a college or university that
emphasizes research, and 63%
expressed strong interest in a career at a
community college or college or
university that emphasizes teaching.

48% plan to become a clinician/
practitioner in their area of specialty in
business, industry, non-profit,
government, or the private sector.

38% of current students had changed
their career plans. In general, those who
moved away from a research career
cited the bureaucracy of higher
education, demands on faculty, and
desire for a balanced lifestyle. Some
students view the emphasis on research
as a detractor from teaching

Other students moved toward a
research career after working closely
with faculty mentors who encouraged
and supported a research focus.
Involvement in research led these
students to consider an academic career
at a research extensive university.

Factors that influenced career choice
were also explored. Faculty
encouragement (50%) and the ability to
raise a family and lead a balanced life
(36%) ranked highest in students' minds
as impacting their career choice.

65% of respondents expressed a strong
interest in doing research, and 64%
placed a high value on the role of
research in their future career.

On the other hand, respondents did not
feel highly confident or particularly well
prepared to conduct research
independently, design studies, write
grants, or analyze data, with either
quantitative or qualitative methods.
Confidence and preparedness were
rated much higher on other aspects of
faculty work, such as teaching courses
and seminars, and supervising clinical
or field experiences.

The following represent the proportions
of COE alumni in faculty positions or
professional practice, by department:

Counselor Education
53% Faculty; 47% Professional Practice

Education Administration & Policy
28% Faculty; 72% Professional Practice

Educational Psychology
46% Faculty; 54% Professional Practice

School of Teaching & Learning
64% Faculty; 36% Professional Practice

Special Education
82% Faculty; 18% Professional Practice


Current COE doctoral students have
diverse career interests. About one third
report having changed career interests
during their programs, and about two
thirds have strong interest in doing
research and value it highly. However,
they feel less well-prepared to do
research than to perform other job

functions. The proportions of COE
doctoral graduates who go on to faculty
and professional positions vary
dramatically by department. In this
sense, some programs seem well-suited
for the research doctorate (e.g., SE) and
some for the professional practice
doctorate (e.g., EAP).

CAPES is up and running!

The Collaborative Assessment and
Program Evaluation Services, CAPES, is
a direct response to the increasing need
among UF principal investigators and
proposal writers for support with
project evaluation, design and analysis,
and educational services. The mission of
CAPES is to provide timely and
appropriate support for program
evaluation and analytic research.
Services include applied statistical
analysis, research design, measurement
and survey design, qualitative and
mixed method data collection and
analysis, evaluation, and accountability.
Please email us at
or call (352) 392-2315 ext 234 for

New Senior Fiscal Assistant

CAPES and the OER are pleased to
introduce Karen Ledee, our new Senior
Fiscal Assistant. Before moving to
Gainesville, Karen was employed at
Broward Community College as a
treasury analyst/senior accountant.
Please drop by the OER and say hello to
our newest team member!

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May 2008 Awards & Submissions

Congratulations to Pat Snyder (SE) for
her Vanderbilt University subcontract
award; to Sevan Terzian (STL) for his
Spencer Foundation award and to Tom
Dana (STL) and Alan Dorsey (Physics)
for their National Math and Science
Initiative award.

Best wishes to Bernard Oliver (Dean's
Area) for his AT & T proposal
submission; Fred Taylor (ECE) and
David Miller (EP) for their submission
to the National Science Foundation;
Jeanne Repetto (SE) and Cyndi Garvan
(EP) for their US Department of
Education submission, and to Maria
Denney (SE) and Pat Snyder (SE) for
their submission to Florida State

For more details about these awards and
submissions, see the table on the next

Paul & Ana

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College of Education Funded Projects May 2008

Principal Investigator: Patricia Snyder Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Vanderbilt University
Proposal Title: Examining the Potential Efficacy of a Classroom-Wide Model for Promoting
Social Emotional Development & Addressing Challenge Behavior in Preschool Children With
and Without Disabilities
Project Period: 08/16/07-02/28/11
Award Amount: $136,572.00

Principal Investigator: Sevan Terzian Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: Spencer Foundation
Proposal Title: Enlisting Science Education for National Strength: An Examination of
Historical Precedents
Project Period: 06/01/08-05/31/09
Award Amount: $39,075.00

Principal Investigator: Tom Dana Co-PI: Alan Dorsey (Physics)
Funding Agency: National Math and Science Initiative
Proposal Title: Florida Teach: Increasing the Quantity and Quality of Mathematics and
Science Teachers in Florida
Project Period: 11/15/07-07/31/12
Award Amount: $2,400,000.00

College of Education Submitted Proposals May 2008

Principal Investigator: Bernard Oliver Co-PI: N/A
Funding Agency: AT & T
Proposal Title: UF Alliance Transition Academy
Requested Amount: $400,000.00

Principal Investigator: Fred Taylor (Electrical & Computer Engineering) Co-PI: David
Funding Agency: National Science Foundation
Proposal Title: ENABLE
Requested Amount: $149,999.00

Principal Investigator: Jeanne Repetto Co-PI: Cynthia Garvan
Funding Agency: US Department of Education
Proposal Title: Project FAIR: Education for Advancement of Fair Learning Environments
Requested Amount: $485,475.00

Principal Investigator: Maria Denney Co-PI: Patricia Snyder
Funding Agency: Florida State University
Proposal Title: Team Primary Service Provider Train the Trainers Project
Requested Amount: $11,250.00

ORB -June 2008 4

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