Ohio University

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

A Message from Senior Associate Dean Sara Helfrich

Sara Helfrich

Welcome to the Research and Graduate Studies website for The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. The Patton College has a strong history of graduate education and research that has built its foundation as a community of scholars. Our graduate students and faculty members are important elements of this continuing legacy.

Our goals as they relate to research include:

  • Attaining and maintaining national and international recognition for the quality of research being generated by faculty and students within The Patton College;
  • Becoming a national leader by engaging in and promoting evidence-based practice in the area of research and evaluation;
  • Generating research that is directly connected to community-based analysis and outcomes, which will serve to inform and influence public policy at the local, state, and federal levels; and
  • Enhancing productivity in acquiring grants and other external funding that result in scholarly production and collaborative partnerships.

Our faculty have published in top journals in their fields, including Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Studies in Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Teacher Education, International Journal of Hospitality Management, Journal of Travel Research, Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, and Educational Researcher. In the past several years, grants totaling over $2,000,000 have been awarded to our faculty by the US Department of Education, National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, and various state organizations.

Whether you are a faculty member, graduate student, an undergraduate honors student, or collaborator with someone from the aforementioned group, there are opportunities to engage with others in efforts to enhance your research foundation. Please attend as many of our research forums sponsored by the Research and Graduate Studies Committee; the events are open to the public and all are welcome. Our Patton College research forums, along with many other research-related events are announced on the Vice President for Research Calendar. Additionally, watch for event announcements on the E-Boards located throughout McCracken Hall.

Additionally, I am pleased to share with graduate students and faculty in The Patton College the opportunity to apply for funds to support your research activities. There are funds (up to $1,000 per year, dependent on availability) that can support thesis and dissertation research. Additionally, you can also apply for funds to support research before you have begun the thesis or dissertation. Mark your calendar for the two review cycle deadlines: October 1 and April 1.

The Patton College typically offers support to students who travel to present research. Students are eligible for $150 to $350 to support their conference and travel expenses (reimbursed upon return), depending on the scope of the research and the extent to which other funds are sought, and limited to availability. Complete details are provided in the Qualtrics Student Travel Application form.  At this time, due to the COVID-19 related travel restrictions currently in place, applications for travel funding will be reviewed and awarded if travel restrictions have been lifted/changed to allow for such an activity to take place.

Finally, please be on the lookout for announcements regarding the 2020 OHIO Research and Creative Activities Expo, held each April. All students who complete research – and especially those who have received funding and/or traveled to present their work – should participate. 

You will see email announcements from me about the aforementioned items and about other important deadlines, funding opportunities, and events as they happen.

Sara R. Helfrich, PhD