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Roger D. Goddard

Education researcher Roger Goddard joins McREL

Denver — Dr. Roger D. Goddard, founding director of the Education Leadership Research Center at Texas A&M University and former professor of educational leadership, has joined Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) as a senior fellow.

A leader in research on the effects of collective efficacy in schools, Goddard also led a U.S. Department of Education-funded study on McREL’s Balanced Leadership® professional development program. Preliminary results from the study found that principals participating in the program reported improving the practices and behaviors that research links to improved student achievement. Goddard’s other research interests have included the sociology and psychology of organizations and school characteristics that improve instruction and learning.

“Roger is a bright light and rising star in the field of education,” said Tim Waters, president and CEO of McREL. “We have admired and utilized his work for a long time; in particular, his research on collective efficacy has helped shape our Balanced Leadership and Success in Sight® school improvement programs. We are thrilled that we can now seamlessly integrate Dr. Goddard’s expertise into McREL research initiatives, program and product development, and services that further our mission to change the odds for all students.”

An in-demand author and presenter, Goddard’s work has appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals such as American Education Research Journal, Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Researcher, and Journal of Educational Psychology. Previously, he was an associate professor of educational administration and policy at University of Michigan School of Education and an adjunct assistant professor of educational administration at The Ohio State University.

Goddard earned a doctorate in educational policy and leadership and an M.A. in educational administration, both from The Ohio State University. He also holds an M.A.T. in mathematics education from University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s of science in business administration from The Ohio State University.