College of Education and Human Services Research Office

Effective January 2, 2014 – All external funding proposals, including those submitted to foundations MUST be directed through the CEHS Research Office. Associate Dean for Research M Cecil Smith has signature authority for all proposals.

The Research Office, in the College of Education & Human Services, is committed to supporting faculty members in their efforts to obtain external funding.

The Research Office is available to assist faculty in identifying funding sources, preparing proposals and budgets, providing knowledge about University and College policies, and serving as a liaison between CEHS, WVU’s Office of Sponsored Programs, and various funding agencies and philanthropic organizations.

The goal of the Research Office is to make grants application processes efficient and effective for CEHS faculty members.

All grant proposals (draft form) must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Research
14 days prior to funding agency deadline for approval.


CEHS Research Office Mission Statement

The Research Office of the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies will serve as the catalyst for identifying opportunities, facilitating interdisciplinary projects, and working with campus-wide initiatives related to CEHS faculty research and external funding efforts.

Primary goals:

  • Developing the capacity of CEHS faculty and the college’s infrastructure to submit high quality, competitive proposals for external funding and, thereby, increase the number of proposals submitted by and awarded to CEHS faculty;
  • Strengthening the research capacity and output of the College of Education and Human Services through establishment of a one-stop research support center to (a) better utilize undergraduate and graduate research assistants in faculty research, (b) increase the number of research publications in top tier professional journals, (c) increase research collaborations within the college and across campus, and (d) prepare graduate students as educational researchers;
  • Establishing an integrated, systematic approach to external funding for the College by working closely with faculty to produce timely, competitive proposals that fit the College’s mission and goals, and which are aligned with the professional skills and knowledge of the faculty—including identification of collaborative strengths such as STEM teacher preparation, mental health counseling or therapy with military veterans and family members, or improvement of literacy education—and broaden the participation and success of underrepresented groups in all levels of education and human services enterprises; and,
  • Facilitating the acknowledgement and utilization of CEHS expertise by working with other Associate Deans for Research across campus and with the Office of Sponsored Programs to integrate CEHS faculty into interdisciplinary, cross-campus, and multi-campus external funding endeavors.

WVU Statement on Faculty Research

Faculty members at West Virginia University have an obligation and responsibility to conduct research. A significant component of WVU’s land-grant mission includes gathering and analyzing data and then contributing this analysis to inform the discussion and understanding of various issues affecting the lives of West Virginians and others around the world.

Research conducted at WVU is data-driven, objective and independent. It is not influenced by any political agenda, business priority, funding source or popular opinion.

The research findings of WVU faculty and scholars are subject to intense review and challenge by academic peers – including review of data sources, methods and analysis – consistent with widely accepted practices of academic research in higher education.

Engaging in a rigorous protocol, WVU faculty and scholars can, and often do, reach varying and sometimes divergent conclusions when studying and testing similar data. Their work, however, is always informed and protected by the academic freedom that ensures the ability to choose and conduct research unfettered by bias, outside influence or external agendas.