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Robert Stake

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Professor Emeritus, Educational Psychology


190 Children's Research Center
51 E. Gerty
Champaign, IL 61820

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Robert Stake

Key Professional Appointments

Professor Emeritus of Education, Educational Psychology, University of Illinois, 1998 - present

Professor, Education, University of Illinois, 1965 - 1998

Director of CIRCE, Bureau of Educational Research, University of Illinois, 1975 - 1997

Associate Professor, Education, University of Illinois, 1963 - 1965

Assistant and Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, 1958 - 1963


Ph.D., Psychology, Princeton University, 1958

M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, 1954

B.A., Mathematics, University of Nebraska, 1950

Awards, Honors, Associations

Lazarsfeld Award, American Evaluation Association, 1988 - 2013

Honorary Doctorate, honoris causa, Uppsala University, 1994 - 1994

Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar Program, Fulbright Program

Research & Service

My past efforts have focused on program evaluation theory and practice, and qualitative research methods including case study.

I am currently involved in performance assessment in New York City schools and the evaluation of training in the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Since 1975 I have been director of the Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation (CIRCE). Once a specialist in psychometrics and instructional research, my present orientation is naturalistic or ethnographic field study, particularly of the classroom. In 1998 I retired from the University of Illinois but continue to teach and head CIRCE.


Stake, R. (2000). A modest commitment to the promotion of democracy. New Directions in Evaluations, 85 95-107.

Stake, R. (1995). The Art of Case Study Research Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Stake, R., Bresler, L., & Mabry, L. (1991). Customs and cherishing: The arts in elementary schools Urbana, IL: National Arts Education Research Center.

Stake, R. (1986). Quieting reform: Social science and social action in an urban youth program Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Stake, R. (1974). Program evaluation: Particularly responsive evaluation. New Trends in Evaluation, Report #35, pp 1-20 Gothenburg, Sweden: Institute of Education, University of Gothenburg.


Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the APPEALS Training, U.S. Department Veterans Administration (Leads Corporation), 1998 - 2002

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center, Milwaukee Teacher Education Center, 1999 - 2000


Vice President, Division D, Measurement and Research Methodology, American Educational Research Association, 1970 - 1970

Vice President, Principal Officer of Division B, Curriculum Studies, American Educational Research Association, 1968 - 1968