Core Leadership Team Members and Roles

Susan Sheridan

Susan M. Sheridan Director, National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed)

As Director of the National Center for Research on Rural Education, Dr. Sheridan's responsibilities include overseeing every aspect of the Center and the four cores. She is responsible for monitoring fiscal and administrative functions, and the fidelity of the center's programmatic structure to ensure successful implementation and management of the Center and its associated projects. Dr. Sheridan is the Principal Investigator on the Family-School Partnerships in Rural Settings supplementary study and the recently funded CBC in Rural Communities project awarded by IES.

Todd A. Glover

Todd A. Glover Director, Research Operations Core

Dr. Glover's functions involve the execution, operation, and oversight of research studies; development and pursuit of related studies; and evaluation and synthesis of research outcomes. Members of this core include principal investigators, co-investigators, and project managers for each planned research project; leaders of related studies; and other key personnel involved as various studies become active within R2Ed.

Gwen L. Nugent

Gwen L. Nugent Director, Rural Education Leadership Institute Core

Dr. Nugent's role is to develop a broadly accessible infrastructure (e.g., training, communication of scientific knowledge) for research, development, and dissemination to inform the rural education field on a national level.

Gina M. Kunz

Gina M. Kunz Director, Rural Outreach and Coordination Core

Dr. Kunz will maintain close contact with rural sites involved in projects, solicit input and involvement from additional schools and districts in rural settings to broaden outreach and capacity, and maintain contact with the larger rural research community. This core houses the Steering Committee and the various Advisory Boards.

Jim Bovaird

James Bovaird Director, Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics

Dr. Bovaird will direct and provide state-of-the-science statistical and methodological support for the rural education scientists, as well as database development and management services. Core members include faculty and staff of the Nebraska Academy for Methodology, Analytics and Psychometrics (MAP) of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS).


Tanya Ihlo

Tanya Ihlo Project READERS and Identification Study

Dr. Ihlo is an Assistant Research Professor at the Nebraska Center for Children, Youth, Families, and Schools and Project Manager for the Nebraska Response-to-Intervention (RtI) Consortium.

Jon Pedersen

Jon Pedersen Science Inquiry Evaluation Study

Dr. Pedersen is a Professor of Science Education and Director of Science Education for the Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education at the UNL.

Ed Shapiro

Ed Shapiro Project READERS and Identification Study

Dr. Shapiro is the Director of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice and Professor of School Psychology at Lehigh University. He serves as co-PI of the identification study and the reading/RTI evaluation project, as well as coordinates with Pennsylvania schools and stakeholders for the sampling plan to be used in the Identification study.

Guy Trainin

Guy Trainin Identification Study

Dr. Trainin is an Assistant Professor in UNL's Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education and a Co-Director of the Great Plains Institute for Reading and Writing.