Research | College of Education and Social Services | The University of Vermont(title)

Researchers in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS) are known throughout the world as leaders of investigation and discovery in solving complex problems to uplift people and the planet. We prioritize resources and provide incentives that promote interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

CESS researchers secured 43 awards totaling $15.4 million to support 73 projects over the past two years. 


Dean's Office Leadership

Katharine Shepherd

Dean, College of Education and Social Services • Levitt Family Green and Gold Professor

Kieran Killeen

Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies • Associate Dean for Graduate, Non-Degree and Research Programming

Kelly Clark/Keefe

Professor of Education • Interim Associate Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs

Research Proposal Development Support

Kunie Renaud

Financial and Grants Administrator • Business Manager (802) 656-8576

Recent Highlights

Shana Haines and Jessica Strolling-Goltzman

Cultivating Collaborative and Resilience-Oriented Practices in Special Educators (C-CROPS)

Dr. Shana Haines and Dr. Jessica Strolin-Goltzman received a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to address the shortage of special educators. C-CROPS will provide tuition and innovative programming for graduate students to become licensed special educators prepared to serve students with high intensity social-emotional-behavioral needs and emotional disabilities. The project will also create a network of educators working collaboratively to sustain their engagement in the profession.

Matthew McCluskey

Turning the Table on Teacher Turnover

In his recently published article in Research Outreach, Dr. Mathew McCluskey's research identifies that impacting the nationwide issue of teacher turnover, offering recommendations to improve retention and reduce the contagion effect.  

Brittany "Brit" K. Williams

Emerging Scholar

Dr. Brittany M. Williams is a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/ Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow serving in the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at UVM. Williams delivered the keynote address at the 2023 ACPA College Student Educators International convention. She is a recipient of the 2024 ACPA Emerging Scholar Award, the 2023 ACPA Research and Scholarship Award, Coalition of Women’s Identities. Her national media appearances include National Public Radio, Teach for America, the National Black Women’s Health Imperative. 

Project CORE research team members Bernice Garnett, Anna Elliott, Peter Knox, Colby Kervick, Lance Smith, and Amanda Simpfenderfer.

Project CORE: Participatory Action Research

Project CORE is an interdisciplinary research team focusing on community-based, participatory action research in support of educational and health equity in local communities. They utilize transformative mixed-methods community and youth participatory action research to advance school and social change.

More Research and Scholarship News


Introducing the Planetary Health Initiative

aerial view of UVM campus, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains beyond


2023-2024 Jean S. Garvin Fellows Announced

A pale-skinned young woman with wavy dark hair falling to her shoulders stands in a shady glen, smiling gently at the camera.


UVM researchers and Vermont Agency of Education partner to create community schools


Advancing Equity and Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Kaitlin Northey receiving her award from VTAEYC Executive Director Sharron Harrington and NAEYC CEO Michelle Kang. (Photo: Katie Titterton)


UVM Curriculum and Instruction Program Revamps Approach, Welcomes New Scholar

UVM Curriculum and Instruction program faculty


New Faculty Bring International Perspective and Vermont Expertise to UVM Social Work Programs

Simon Chan and Cassie Gillespie


UVM Disability Center Collaborates on $10 Million Economic Outcomes Grant

A group of college students sit in a cafeteria eating lunch


Developing Educational Leaders and Policy Researchers Across Vermont

Rebecca Callahan, Matthew McCluskey, and Daniella Sutherland


Improving Community Health and Wellbeing

Anna Elliott and Robin Hausheer


UVM Launches PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision

Nancy Thacker Darrow, Aishwarya Joshi, Lance Smith, Jane Okech, and Julie Welkowitz


Vermont School Leaders Awarded UVM Doctoral Scholarships

Monica Desrochers and Andrew Conforti


UVM Human Development and Family Science Faculty Receive National Recognition

Christine Proulx and Jaz Routon


Gund Institute Names 2023 Catalyst Award Winners

Top (L to R): Carol Adair and Raju Badireddy. Bottom: Leon Walls and Julia Perdrial.


UVM Faculty Awarded $1.25 Million Grant to Prepare Higher Education Faculty Specializing in Social, Emotional-Behavioral Health and Inclusive Education

Justin Garwood, Shana Haines, Bernice Garnett, Colby Kervick, and Jessica Strollin-Goltzman


Human Development and Family Science Program Welcomes New Scholars

Chrstine Proulx and Jaz Routoon


Social Work Professor Leads Research on Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Jennifer Putney


Challenging Inequity, Bias, and Classism in Education

Brittany (Brit) Williams and UVM HESA Colleagues