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CIRCE members are full time faculty members and doctoral candidates in other departments of the college.  Programmatic activity occurs when an individual takes on a project and identifies it with CIRCE activity.  The present associates of CIRCE are Marya Burke, Rita Mary Davis, Carmilva Flores, Linda Mabry, Katherine Sloane, Theresa Souchet,  and Bob Stake. Current studies include analysis of effects on education of evaluation and assessment, especially as related to special populations, issues of fairness in testing, archival case studies of teacher preparation, and teacher networking. 


Robert E. Stake,
Professor of Education and Director of CIRCE at the University of Illinois. Since 1963, he has been a specialist in the evaluation of educational programs. For his evaluation work in 1988, he received the Lazarfeld Award from the American Evaluation Association, and in 1994, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Uppsala. 

Staff, 1999 - 2000

Merrill Chandler
Doctoral candidate in Quantitative and Evaluative Research Methodologies. Before joining to CIRCE, Merrill was a researcher for the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory in the areas of policy evaluation and research. Merrrill is currently involved in an evaluation for the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center.

Edith Cisneros-Cohernour,
Doctoral candidate in Educational Organizations and Leadership. Edith is specializing in the areas of educational evaluation, professional development and higher education.  Especially interested in program evaluation, faculty and administrators evaluation & development, organizational learning and the ethical aspects of research & evaluation, she also has a strong interest in qualitative research methodology, law instruction, and the study of effective teaching for muticultural children. At CIRCE, Edith was involved in a panel on the Validation Study of the School Organizational Assessment Profile  (1998) and the development of the CIRCE website. She also provides technical assistance in evaluation for the National Transition Alliance for Youth with Disabilities.

Rita M. Davis
Doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois. Her fields of interest include multicultural education, literacy, and evaluation theory. Under the direction of Robert Stake, Davis has conducted several evaluation projects at CIRCE, such as the Evaluation of Reader Focused Writing Program for the Veterans Benefits Administration and the National Youth Sports Program Evaluation. 

Deborah Gilman
Doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction. 

Gordon Hoke
Emeritus professor at the University of Illinois. He received both Master's and Ph.D from Michigan State University; latter in 1965. After twelve years as a teacher and administrator in public schools, he moved into the realm of higher education. Research interests are in civic development -- city, suburban, rural. He was a member of CIRCE  during 1970 - 1980, and has worked with the unit on a part-time basis since then.

Xi Chen 
A doctoral student in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is interested in research philosophy and both qualitative and quantitative methodology. She is also interested in first and second language acquisition, especially learning to read. She provides technical assistance at CIRCE.

David Snow
Doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois. His fields of study include educational program evaluation, educational theory, and teacher preparation. David recently completed a program evaluation of the Lakeview Education and Arts Partnership in Chicago. He is a Chicago Public School teacher, a program director for the American Youth Foundation, and an instructor for Outward Bound.

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