Director of Evaluation & Research and CEEP Executive Associate Director
Patricia A. Muller, Ph. D.
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Dr. Muller has secured more than $12 million in funding for more than fifty contracts and grants during her tenure at CEEP; and has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator and/or project director for many of these projects. Her experiences conceptualizing and directing evaluation research have encompassed diverse content areas within education, including engaging in research related to the evaluation of educational equity and access (e.g., evaluations of education interventions and programs that target traditionally disadvantaged student populations and/or schools; examining racial-ethnic and gender differences in program impact), educational practice (e.g., research and evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of numerous educational interventions and programs, particularly initiatives related to reading/literacy, out-of-school time programs, teacher/principal effectiveness and science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and educational outcomes (e.g., student-level outcomes including student achievement, attitudes and behaviors; teacher-level outcomes including knowledge, skills and behaviors; and school-level educational outcomes). Across the diverse contexts and content areas, Dr. Muller’s focus has been on increasing the rigor and quality of evaluation methodology, including conducting numerous randomized controlled trial studies; and ensuring the relevance and utilization of evaluation findings to the field of education. She holds a B.S. in applied social sciences degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton and from Indiana University, a M.S. in college student personnel administration and a Ph.D. in higher education.
Director for Education Policy & High School Survey for Student Engagement (HSSSE)
Terry E. Spradlin
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Terry Spradlin is the Director for Education Policy & High School Survey for Student Engagement (HSSSE). In this position Mr. Spradlin serves as a manager for the Center’s policy-related projects, with an emphasis on P-16 projects. In addition to daily oversight of a range of policy projects, he takes a lead in pursuit of external funding to support these activities. Mr. Spradlin regularly interacts with state policymakers and other educational leaders on behalf of the Center. Before joining the CEEP, Mr. Spradlin served as the Legislative and Policy Analyst with the Indiana Department of Education. He represented the department in legislative matters and developed the department’s K-12 education policy agenda. He coordinated information between state legislators and the department as well as conducted policy research on key issues. Mr. Spradlin regularly communicated with the public and members of the press about K-12 education issues. Mr. Spradlin holds a B.S. in public affairs and a M.P.A. from Indiana University.
Director for Marketing & Facilities
C. Jeffrey De Witt
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Jeff De Witt works to increase CEEP’s awareness among a broad spectrum of agencies, organizations, and individuals. He helps clients and prospective clients discover how their need for objective evaluation and research could be met through CEEP. Mr. De Witt also supports collaborative efforts between CEEP and its associates and oversees the management of its facilities and technological infrastructure. From his experience in organizational marketing, planning, and management, Mr. De Witt understands the importance of reliable evaluation and research for clients who make critical decisions about direction and resources. Prior to joining CEEP, he spent over 20 years developing and managing national and international nonprofit organizations. He holds a B.S. in sociology and history from Ball State University.