Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Director Search

Three finalists to become the next director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) are visiting campus from Dec. 5 to 16 to participate in public forums and meet with faculty, staff, and School of Education leadership.

The finalists were selected by a 13-member search-and-screen committee co-chaired by WIDA Executive Director Tim Boals and Percival Matthews, an associate professor with the Department of Educational Psychology and a WCER researcher.

WCER is housed in the School of Education and is one of the oldest, largest, and most influential university-based education research centers in the United States. The WCER director reports to the dean of the School of Education, Diana Hess.

All public presentations will be held in 5120 Grainger Hall, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The dates of the open forums are as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 5 — Paul Goren, Chief Strategy Advisor, Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (View Goren’s curriculum vitae.)

Thursday, Dec. 12 — Angela Minnici, Senior Director of State Strategy in Institutional Development and Senior Director of Technical Assistance and Policy in the Learning Innovations program, WestEd (View Minnici’s curriculum vitae.)

Monday, Dec. 16

The name of each candidate and that person's curriculum vitae will be made available via this WCER director search web page 48 hours before the finalist is scheduled for an open forum.

A link to a recorded video of each candidate's presentation will also be available on this WCER director search web page for people who are not able to attend. However, the question-and-answer portion of the presentations will not be captured. Videos will be removed 24 hours after they post. 

​In order to help welcome these finalists, people are highly encouraged to attend the presentations in person.

The firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting with the search for the next director. Hess will make the final selection.

We want to hear from you

You may submit your feedback on the finalists via this link.

Feedback must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

For questions or comments, contact Carole Kolb, administrative search coordinator, at carole.kolb@wisc.edu or 608-890-1661.