In terms of sponsored research, UTSA has reached levels necessary to participate in the National Research University Fund as well as enter into the highest level of funded research, the Carnegie categorization of “Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” or R1. And the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) has been a vital part of these successes, with COEHD faculty consistently listed among UTSA researchers with the largest awards for sponsored research projects in the university.

The College of Education and Human Development (COEHD) is a beacon of diversity in the university. Not only do the College’s faculty reflect the greatest gender, racial, and ethnic diversity of any UTSA College, but they are also diverse in methodological expertise and the research topics they study. COEHD faculty pursue research funding to develop creative, adaptive, and innovative approaches to address critical issues in educational practice and social problems facing society while leveraging emerging technologies and further cutting-edge educational pedagogy. Our ground-breaking research provides students and faculty with opportunities to explore new horizons and ideas while strengthening engagement with our community and our society at large by partnering with most area school districts and many community agencies in Bexar County. COEHD faculty prioritize culturally-responsive and socially-relevant research, and in recent years they have regularly secured upwards of five million dollars or more in external funding for their research.

Research and Development Committee

Committee members serve as liaisons to faculty regarding matters related to research in each of the College’s six departments.  Members for the 2020-2021 year are listed below. Faculty and community stakeholders alike can reach out to these individuals, either to share concerns or suggest needed improvements in the College’s research support infrastructure, or they can contact the Committee Chair, who also serves as Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Michael Karcher.  

The COEHD Research and Development Committee has been working to address these areas of research support and infrastructure within the College:

  1. Research Visibility
  2. Faculty Support
  3. Collaborations 
  4. Students as Researchers
  5. Attention to Diversity in Research Areas and Methods

This year, the Committee will develop and present to the College faculty and administration a five-year strategic plan for priorities related to faculty research and key areas of research support. Faculty and community stakeholders alike should share with committee members their ideas, wishes, concerns, and hopes for the College in regard to the future of COEHD faculty research and its relevance for UTSA and the broader community to inform the Committee’s work in developing this strategic plan.


Contact Us

Emily P. Bonner, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean for Research, Associate Professor, C&I Co-Director, San Antonio Mathematics Collaborative
Office: (210) 458-5402
Iwan Notowidigdo, M.A.
Senior Grant Development Coordinator


Corey Cowart
Director of Development

College of Education and Human Development
Main Building | One UTSA Circle | San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: 210-458-4370 |