Faculty Engagement

With the College of Education and Human Ecology’s support, CETE’s faculty associates/affiliates and staff affiliates engage in resource development, research, scholarship and instruction in support of our mission focused on translating research into practices toward the advancement of the workforce and health of communities. 

CETE Faculty Associates

Ann O'Connell, EdD

Ann A. O'Connell, EdD

Dr. Ann A. O’Connell is a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Program Chair for the Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement Program at The Ohio State University and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Education and Training for Employment.

Dr. O’Connell’s research interests are in quantitative methods, the use of research evidence and evidence-based interventions, and capacity-building for quantitative research methods. The types of statistical models she works with the most are generalized linear and mixed models – particularly for ordinal or count outcomes – and models for complex survey data. She is passionate about strengthening methodological capacity among applied researchers, and working with her students and colleagues on evaluation of educational, health, and wellness initiatives.

Dr. O’Connell is engaged in a variety of projects at local, national, and international levels. She is currently the Principal Investigator for EBITE:  Evidence-based Intervention Training for Education, a 3-year Methods Training grant from the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) in collaboration with colleagues at The Ohio State University and Ohio University. The goal of EBITE is to strengthen capacity among schools, districts, and their higher-education partners for the selection and use of evidence-based interventions. Training involves a week-long summer workshop coupled with academic-year coaching, with the first cohort (2021-22) targeting Ohio schools, districts, and higher education institutes. National recruitment for Cohort 2 is underway.

For the past decade, Dr. O’Connell has been teaching courses in statistics and research methods at Addis Ababa University (AAU), in Ethiopia, and received a Fulbright Scholar award in 2013-14 during which she taught at the College of Education and Behavioral Studies (CEBS) at AAU. She provided additional trainings and workshops throughout Ethiopia at Jimma University, University of Gondar, and Mekele University, and formalized an MOU and partnership between the College of Education and Human Ecology with AAU/CEBS. Through this partnership, CEBS faculty have visited and worked within EHE, and EHE faculty and graduate students participate in research activities and teach courses and workshops at AAU. Much of this work focuses on methodology capacity, early childhood care and education, and STEM education.

Dr. O’Connell teaches courses on Multilevel Modeling, Introductory Statistics, Regression/Anova, Categorical Data Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, and Sampling and Survey Research Methods. She developed and directs OSU’s Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Quantitative Research Methods (GISQRM) with co-directors Dr. Xin Feng (Human Sciences) and Dr. Rebecca Garabed (Veterinary Preventive Medicine). Her research is published in the Journal of Research in Educational Effectiveness, Journal of Experimental Education, Journal of Educational PsychologyNew Directions in Program Evaluation, and other outlets. She is the author and editor of a number of books on advanced statistical methods, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Educational Statisticians’ Outstanding Service Award, awarded by the American Educational Research Association, the Lorne H. Woolatt Distinguished Paper Award from the Northeastern Educational Research Association, and the College of Education Outstanding Award for Research, awarded by the University of Memphis. More information on her work can be found on her website.  

Eddie Fletcher, PhD

Eddie Fletcher, PhD

Dr. Edward C. Fletcher Jr. is a Distinguished Professor in the Workforce Development and Education program at The Ohio State University and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Education and Training for Employment. He is also the Director for Research and Grants for the Educational Studies program as well as Program Chair for Workforce Development and Education.

Currently, Dr. Fletcher serves as the Co-Editor for the Journal of Career and Technical Education. The Journal of Career and Technical Education is a peer-reviewed, open access, electronic journal, publishing on trends in career and technical education. 

Dr. Fletcher began his faculty career at Illinois State University for one year and then to University of South Florida for nine years. He has published on topics related to career and technical education and presented on international, national, and local levels regarding student participation, schooling experiences, academic engagement, and outcomes (e.g., postsecondary and labor market) related to high school career academies using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.

Dr. Fletcher’s research agenda focuses on the role and impact of career and technical education contexts (i.e., career academies) on students’ schooling experiences and long-term outcomes related to postsecondary education and the labor market, particularly for ethnically and racially diverse students.

His research agenda has garnered over $2 million of federal funding from the National Science Foundation. To that end, Dr. Fletcher is currently a Principal Investigator (PI) on a NSF ITEST funded grant project entitled The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project: Career Academy Research on Educational Experiences and Related Successes and a Co-PI on a NSF-ATE funded grant project entitled PathTech Life.

Caezilia Loibl, PhD

Caezilia Loibl, PhD, CFP®

Dr. Caezilia Loibl is a Professor in the Department of Humans Sciences at The Ohio State University and a Faculty Associate in the Center for Education and Training for Employment.

Dr. Loibl is interested in the financial decisions of families. She is currently working on aging-related issues, such as an European project aimed at Designing evidence-based communication for elderly consumers in financial distress. Another current, aging-related project addresses Aging in place: Managing the use of reverse mortgages to enable housing stability. A second focus of her work is on the evaluation of public policy. It includes projects such as Testing strategies for saving and retention in Individual Development Account Programs and Connecting Saving and Food Security.

Dr. Loibl teaches courses on personal finance in the undergraduate financial planning program and behavioral aspects of consumer financial decision-making in the graduate program. Her research is published in the Journal of Economic PsychologyJournal of Consumer AffairsJournal of Policy Analysis and ManagementInternational Journal of Consumer Studies, and Journal of Behavioral Finance.

Currently, Dr. Loibl serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Economic Psychology. This journal aims to improve the understanding of behavioral, in particular psychological, aspects of economic decisions and processes. It is published under the auspices of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.

Dr. Loibl further holds an appointment as State Specialist for The Ohio State University Extension. She established its housing counseling services, including an AmeriCorps volunteer service, which collaborated with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency’s Save the Dream Ohio foreclosure prevention programs. She further provides guidance for county-based financial literacy programs.

Her research has been awarded funding from federal sources, such as the U.S. Poverty Center, University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Social Security Administration, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. International funding includes recently a Marie Curie Fellowship of the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency. Foundations, such as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and FINRA Investor Education Foundation have also funded her research.

CETE Faculty Affiliates

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Eric Anderman, PhD

Professor, Faculty Affiliate

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Lin Ding, PhD

Professor, Faculty Affiliate

Belinda-Gimbert

Belinda Gimbert, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty Affiliate

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Sarah Lang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Faculty Affiliate

Zirkle

Chris Zirkle, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty Affiliate

Zyromski

Brett Zyromski, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty Affiliate

Faculty Advisory Board

The center engages faculty across the College of Education and Human Ecology to serve on the Faculty Advisory Board. The Faculty Advisory Board meets quarterly to discuss collaboration opportunities, guide the center in pursuing potential funding sources, and exchange knowledge and innovations among the departments. 

Ann A. O’Connell is a Professor in the Department of Educational Studies, Program Chair for the Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement Program at The Ohio State University. O’Connell’s research interests are in quantitative methods, the use of research evidence and evidence-based interventions, and capacity-building for quantitative research methods. The types of statistical models she works with the most are generalized linear and mixed models – particularly for ordinal or count outcomes – and models for complex survey data. She is passionate about strengthening methodological capacity among applied researchers, and working with her students and colleagues on evaluation of educational, health, and wellness initiatives…read more

Eric M. Anderman is Professor of Educational Psychology and of Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from The University of Michigan, and he holds a Masters degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University. His research over the past 25 years has focused on academic motivation. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research AssociationHe is the editor of the journal Theory into Practice, and he recently co-edited the 3rd edition of the Handbook of Educational Psychology with Lyn Corno, and the Visible Learning Guide to Student Achievement with John Hattie…read more

Jay Kandampully is a professor of Service Management and Hospitality in the Department of Human Sciences. He also serves as visiting professor at University of Naples Federico II, Italy and at Furtwangen University, Germany. Kandampully is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Service Management (JOSM) and serves on the editorial advisory board of 10 refereed international journals. He serves as the CTF International Fellow at the University of Karlstad, Sweden and International Fellow at the University of Namur, Belgium…read more

Nicole Luthy is the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Operations for the College of Education and Human Ecology. In this role, Dr. Luthy works closely with the Dean and other college leaders to set the strategic direction of the college and lead key initiatives. Over the course of her 25 years in education—which began as a classroom teacher—Dr. Luthy has focused on building partnerships among higher education institutions, K-12 schools, and community-based organizations. She has led state and national projects, served as director of a digital learning center, and collaborated with schools and community organizations to support, serve, and improve outcomes for teachers, students, and families…read more

Antoinette Miranda is professor of School Psychology in the Department of Educational Studies. She was the first recipient (2014) of the William H. and Laceryjette V. Casto Professorship in Interprofessional Education in honor of Henry and Ruth Leuchter and Van Bogard and Geraldine Dunn. Her research interests include developing effective interventions with at-risk children in urban settings, consultation services in urban settings and the development of racial identity and its relationship to academic achievement. She is a past president of the Ohio School Psychologist Association and Trainers of School Psychologists. She also was the secretary for the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs. She was the 2014 recipient of the TSP Outstanding Trainer of the Year Award…read more

Lori Patton Davis is one of the most highly respected, accomplished and influential scholars in the field of higher education. She is author of more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other academic publications appearing in venues such as The Journal of Higher EducationTeachers College RecordJournal of College Student DevelopmentUrban Education and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Her research has been cited in more than 6,000 publications and funded by grants from the Spencer Foundation, Lumina Foundation, American Psychological Foundation and an array of other entities. She has served on seven editorial boards for journals in the field of education and was previously associate editor of QSE. She was the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division J Equity and Inclusion Officer for six years…read more

Erik Porfeli, professor of human development and family science, focuses his career on promoting positive human health and development and strengthening the fabric of our communities. He specializes in harmonizing and aligning resources and partnerships around a common mission. As one example, in his prior role as associate dean of community engagement and admissions for the Northeast Ohio Medical University, he headed an Ohio alliance of scientific, education, workforce and community partners. Under his leadership, they increased the number of underrepresented youth and young adults who pursued health professions education at the alliance’s universities…read more

Lin Ding is a professor in science education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. He has extensive experience in discipline-based physics education research, including students’ conceptual learning, problem solving and scientific reasoning, curriculum development and assessment design. Prior to joining the EHE faculty, Ding was a research associate and lecturer in Ohio State’s Department of Physics…read more

Edward C. Fletcher Jr. is a Distinguished Professor in the Workforce Development and Education program at The Ohio State University and Faculty Fellow in the Center for Education and Training for Employment (CETE). He is also a Co-Editor for the Journal of Career and Technical Education. Fletcher began his faculty career at Illinois State University and then to University of South Florida. He has published on topics related to career and technical education (CTE) and presented on international, national and local levels regarding schooling experiences, academic engagement and outcomes (e.g., postsecondary and labor market) related to high school career academies using qualitative and quantitative approaches…read more

Caezilia Loibl is a Professor in the Department of Human Sciences interested in the financial decisions of families. She is currently working on aging-related issues, such as an European project aimed at Designing evidence-based communication for elderly consumers in financial distress. Another current, aging-related project addresses Aging in place: Managing the use of reverse mortgages to enable housing stability. A second focus of her work is on the evaluation of public policy. It includes projects such as Testing stragtegies for saving and retention in Individual Development Account Programs and Connecting saving and food security: Evidence from an asset building program for families in poverty…read more

Brett Zyromski joined the counselor education faculty at The Ohio State University in Autumn 2016 after spending six years at Northern Kentucky University (2010-2016) and three years at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (2007-2010). His scholarship focuses on the impact of evidence-based interventions in school counseling, evidence-based school counselor education, and evaluation in school counseling. Zyromski is the author of Facilitating Evidence-Based, Data-Driven School Counseling: A Manual for Practice (Corwin, 2016). He is also co-founder and co-chair of the national Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference. Zyromski is involved with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as an Associate Editor of the Professional School Counseling journal. He is also a Lead Recognized-ASCA-Model-Program Reviewers (LRR’s) nationwide.  Zyromski has served as project manager for $5,541,223 worth of federal and state grants…read more