As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Beth works closely with faculty and administrators in the College, across the campus, and the Illinois system, to help the College and its researchers discern, articulate, organize, and respond to exceptional research and programmatic opportunities. She also facilitates the development of new resources to benefit the College’s research mission and raise the profile of its research interests, capacity and accomplishments, and works on collaborations for the campus research infrastructure network. Beyond her work for the Bureau, she also serves as Managing Editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.

Key Professional Appointments

Managing Editor Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2015 - present

Director of Strategic Initiatives Bureau of Educational Research, 2015 - present


Principal Investigator Editorship of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, National Association of Research in Science Teaching (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), 2016 - 2020

Niswander, Elizabeth

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Bureau of Educational Research, Education Administration



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

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