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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 groups, there are opportunities to engage with others in efforts to enhance your research. Please see the resources available below. Additionally, keep an eye out for email from me regarding upcoming events and opportunities, and watch for event announcements on the E-Boards located throughout McCracken Hall.

Sara R. Helfrich, PhD


Graduate Student Resources

Patton College Graduate Student Travel Fund (Note: At this time, travel is not supported by the University due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Patton College Fall Research Fund - Funding cycles in Fall (due October 1)

Patton College Spring Research Fund - Funding cycle in Spring (due April 1)

Patton College Asik Stats Lab

Patton College Group Study Rooms

Career and Leadership Development Center 

Career and Leadership Development Center Resources

Graduate Writing & Research Center

Graduate College (general info)

Graduation Information

Graduate Student Senate (GSS)

Research (general information)

Research Compliance

Thesis and Dissertation (TAD) Services