Following a nationwide search for a new director to lead the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy, John Hitchcock’s appointment to the position at Indiana University began on August 1, 2013. Dr. Hitchcock is nationally known as an expert in program evaluation and mixed methods research. As CEEP’s director, he supervises an annual array of 30-40 evaluation projects (representing over $12 million in external contracts at IU) and the center’s education policy research activities, as well as a staff of over 50 researchers, student assistants and support personnel. He is an associate professor of Instructional Systems Technology within IU’s School of Education.
Dr. Hitchcock came to CEEP from Ohio University, where he taught doctoral courses in program evaluation and mixed methods research. He also taught introductory and intermediate statistics, qualitative methods and research design. His extensive work outside the classroom includes working with the What Works Clearinghouse, and serving as the lead or co-principal investigator on several large projects, including with ICF International, Mathematica Policy Research, the American Institutes for Research, Edvance, the Instructional Research Group, CNA, REL Northwest, the Hawaii Department of Education and other organizations that do major national and international education research and program evaluation projects.
Because of his experience and outstanding credentials, the Regional Education Laboratory Appalachia has selected CEEP’s new director to serve as the lab’s research director. One of a network of 10 federally sponsored education research labs, REL Appalachia serves the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The labs work in partnership with school districts, state departments of education, and others to use data and research to improve academic outcomes for students. The mission of the RELs is to provide support for a more evidence-reliant education system. As the REL’s director of research, Dr. Hitchcock will help provide direction for the research agenda of the lab and ensure the rigor and quality of studies and final reports. He will also communicate with the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, to ensure the lab’s portfolio of studies is in line with expectations.