CEHD Research In Press: January 2024


Dr. Lee Ann Rawlins Williams was featured in UND Today about her recent article in The Conversation on Why Teachers Need, Deserve Mental Health Support. Dr. Williams writes about how, in a forthcoming paper about teacher experiences during the pandemic, she identified four benefits of prioritizing teacher mental health that create a more stable and effective educational environment.

Dr. Ryan Summers will be talking about his NSF-funded project and their rural partnerships with teachers and schools in a 2-part webinar as part of the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) Learning Series. In this Learning Series, researchers will share their strategies, structures, and wisdom from their research partnerships. Those interested in joining can register here.

Dr. Matt Knutson will be presenting at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference in Boston, March 14-17. His talk is entitled “Accessible Sport and ‘Wheelchair Romance’: Gaming and Disability in a 1980 Documentary.” It examines part of the pre-history of esports: a series of arcade tournaments in the Pittsburgh area in the 1980s for players with disabilities. He will also be speaking at a conference at Clark University, “How to Successfully Build a Collegiate Esports Program: Academics, Varsity, & Club,” March 22-23.

Dr. Ryan Flinn will serve as corresponding editor for a special issue of the American Psychologist entitled “American trans psychology amid anti-transgender legislation.” The American Psychologist is the flagship peer-reviewed scholarly journal of the American Psychological Association. The Call for Papers for this special issue is available here: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/amp/american-trans-psychology

CEHD PhD student Hyungwoo Jo, along with Paula Bruse, recently self-published Certified Flight Instructor Lesson plans. “This publication (506 pages) is intended to develop a broad spectrum of instructional knowledge for a single-engine piston airplane of light general aviation training-type aircraft. This publication contains a curated collection of public and federal knowledge and information to provide flight instructors with educational supplements for improving teaching procedures regarding the subject matter covered. Pilots should refer to the specific aircraft manufacturer’s recommendations as prescribed in the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) or the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH).”

CEHD EFR PhD student Richard Hoberg has advanced in the Fulbright U.S. student competition for a research grant in Norway with a project titled “Investigating Equity in the Reorganization of Norway’s Rural Schools.” Richard is now officially a Fulbright Semi-Finalist. His research investigates factors that affect decision making in the management of Norwegian rural schools.  The proposed study is based out of NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway.


Bureau of Evaluation and Research Services (BEARS)

The mission of the Bureau of Evaluation and Research Services (a.k.a., BEARS or “The bureau”) is to provide state-of-the-art and affordable research, design, collection, analysis, and reporting services to meet the needs of their stakeholders.

Currently, the bureau is comprised of its director Dr. Robert Stupnisky, research analyst Dr. Michael Herbert, and postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Caitlin Brecklin. BEARS is also supported by doctoral students Salahuddin Muhammad, Rabeya Khatun, and Topaza Yu who serve as graduate research assistants; thus, the bureau serves an important function of giving doctoral students real-world research and evaluation training opportunities.

Dr. Robert Stupnisky
Dr. Michael Herbert
Dr. Caitlin Brecklin

BEARS provides a variety of services listed below, both internally to CEHD faculty and for grants and contracts external to CEHD and UND. Regarding external services, the bureau provides program and grant evaluations, research design in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methodological approaches, data analysis, literature reviews, and other research support. These services yield deliverables including written reports, surveys, datasets, dashboards and data visualizations, grant proposals, and ethics board approval protocols (IRB).

  • Search and identify published research from electronic databases
  • Annotate and summarize research articles
  • Search and identify potential measurement instruments (e.g., survey scales)
  • Prepare materials for data collection (e.g., load scales onto Qualtrics)
  • Recruit for and monitor data collection (e.g., online surveys)
  • Prepare survey codebook or data dictionary
  • Wrangle, clean, enter, and/or merge quantitative data
  • IRB application review for common issues
  • Conduct preliminary analyses on data (e.g., descriptive statistics, reliability)
  • Transcribe qualitative interview recordings
  • Edit a manuscript or grant application for format (e.g., APA) or journal
  • Search/identify potential research grants, summarize request for proposal (RFP)
  • Draft sections of a research grant (e.g., 1-3 paragraphs)
  • Prepare biosketchesfor grant submission
  • Other support may be available if requested and fits GRA time and skills

The Bureau originated in the 1960s, but in 2020 was renamed and began operating with a more collaborative, training orientated model. Since that time, BEARS has completed or is actively supporting research and evaluation projects in a diverse range of sectors, for example:

  • Olmsted Commission North Dakota Direct Care Service Providers needs assessment
  • North Dakota State Legislature School Transportation Cost data analysis
  • EPSCoR North Dakota K-12 STEM Teacher needs assessment
  • UND INBRE Virtual Indigenous Data Science Camp evaluation
  • Department of Education (DOE) School Health Hub grant evaluation
  • Health Resource & Service Administration (HRSA) Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) grant evaluation
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Health Transitions Sanford Health grant evaluation
  • ND National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) grant evaluation
  • UND Aviation Department Safety Survey data analysis, qualitative data analysis, and transcription services
  • Department of Education Beyond the Bell grant evaluation

For more information about BEARS or to inquire about services, please contact Robert.Stupnisky@und.edu


CEHD faculty are in bold, and CEHD students are underlined


Suazo-Flores, E., & Roetker, L. (2024). Construct it! Building painted cubes: Serena’s case. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, 117(1), 36-40. https://doi.org/10.5951/MTLT.2023.0069.

Morgan, R., LeMire, S., Poolman, M., Haugen, E., Wheeler, T., Fitzgerald, J.S. (In press). Effects of Photobiomodulation on Pain and Return to Play of Injured Athletes: A systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Rutten, L., & Wolkenhauer, R. (2023). Inquiry project or inquiry stance? A continuum of teacher candidate perceptions of knowledge construction during practitioner inquiry-based clinical practice. Teacher Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/13664530.2023.2293893


Rabenn, M. & Brandt, S. (2024, March 29). Adapting Curriculum and Programs: Navigating Science of Reading Legislation for Teacher Preparation in North Dakota and Wisconsin. [Roundtable presentation]. Association of Teacher Educators, Anaheim, CA, United States.

Rabenn, M. & Brandt, S. (2024, March 30).Teacher Preparation Programs in North Dakota and Wisconsin Navigate Science of Reading Legislation While Adapting Curriculum and Programs. [Conference presentation]. Journal of Literacy Innovation National Conference, Virtual.

Rabenn, M. & Brandt, S. (2024, May 13-14).The Transformative Role of Diverse Children’s Literature in Confronting Racism [Conference presentation]. Eurasia 5th World Conference on Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education, Vienna, Austria.

Pipia, E. & Rawlins Williams, L. A. (2024). Navigating the “new normal” in higher education: Interplay between social disruptions, academic achievements, and emotional well-being. International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) Annual Conference, Valencia, Spain/Virtual Event, March 2024.

Votava, K. (2024, January 12). Social Emotional Learning Connections [International teaching presentation]. Diploma in Educational Leadership, Pedagogy, and Technology Guest Lecturer, University of Taxila, Myanmarhttps://www.taxila.edu.mm/elpt-instructors

Williams, L.A. (2024, January).  Prioritizing teacher mental health.  The Conversationhttps://theconversation.com/students-do-better-and-schools-are-more-stable-when-teachers-get-mental-health-support-219071

Knutson, M. (2024, March). Accessible Sport and ‘Wheelchair Romance’: Gaming and Disability in a 1980 Documentary. Presentation for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Flinn, R.E., Taylor, T.O., Cascalheira, C.J. (2024, January). Making way for justice-impacted trainees and colleagues: Dismantling barriers, highlighting progress. Difficult dialogue facilitated at the 2024 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Santa Fe, NM.

Flinn, R.E. (2024, January). Inclusive education for justice-involved Students. Invited presentation for Alice T. Clark Scholars Mentoring Program.  University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.

Hettich, B. (2024, accepted). Boosting Retention of Minoritized Students in Aerospace Sciences. Poster presentation at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Honolulu, HI.



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