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David Alexander and Bev Crouse
  • Awarded $100,170 from Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services for Early Intervention (Part C) Technical Assistance Project (2012).
Patricia Bickley
  • Awarded $1,626,737 from Virginia Department of Education Division of Special Education and Student Services for TTAC 10-12 Continuation Project (611 funds).
  • Awarded $330,792 from Virginia Department of Education Division of Special Education and Student Services for TTAC 10-12 Continuation Project (619 funds).
  • Awarded $1,460,520 from Virginia Department of Education Division of Special Education and Student Services for TTAC 2011-13 Continuation Project (611 funds).
  • Awarded $329,555 from Virginia Department of Education Division of Special Education and Student Services for TTAC 2011-13 Continuation Project (619 funds).
Brenda Brand
  • Awarded $84,434 from Longwood University for Mathematics and Science Partnership Competitive Grant Program.
John Burton
  • Awarded $80,750 from Virginia Department of Education for Assistance to OAEL Program Planning and Support Services.
  • Awarded $545,478 from Virginia Department of Education for Virtual Virginia Transition Project.
John Burton and Patrick O'Reilly
  • Awarded $55,433 from Virginia Department of Correctional Education for An Exploratory Investigation of the Pre and Post Release Pattern of Completers of the Department of Correctional Education's Apprenticeship Programs.
  • Awarded $19,653 from Virginia Department of Correctional Education for An Assessment of CTE Program Completion Date and Release Date.
  • Awarded $66,549 from Virginia Department of Correctional Education for Development of a Stand Alone Microsoft Access Based Report Generator.
Kathy Cennamo
  • Awarded $344,083 from NSF for Collaborative Research: Investigating and Refining the Studio Experience as a Method for Teaching Human Computer Interaction
Jeremy Ernst
  • Awarded $997,171 from NSF DRK-12 for Transforming Teaching through Implementing Inquiry.
  • Awarded $193,415 from Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International (NSF-TSL) for Studying Existing Examples of Innovative Models for STEM Education.
Michael Evans
  • Awarded $12,000 from NSF for REU Supplement for Evans ALT Grant.
  • Awarded $16,000 from NSF for REU Supplement for Evans ALT Grant.
  • Awarded $16,000 from NSF for REU Supplement for Evans ALT Grant.
  • Awarded $16,000 from NSF ALT for "Guided Intuition Math Protocol Development Study" Supplement.
Michael Evans and Jay Wilkins
  • Awarded $178,182 from NSF for Social Organization, Learning Technologies & Discourse: System Features for Facilitating Mathematical Reasoning in Pre K-3 Students.
Michael Evans and Mido Chang
  • Awarded $1,373,038 from NSF DRK-12 (10-610) for Gateways to Algebraic Motivation, Engagement and Success (GAMES).
Michael Evans and Brett Jones
  • Awarded $727,012 from NSF ITEST for Studio STEM: Networked Engineering Projects in Energy for Middle School Boys and Girls.
Patricia Kelly and Josiah Tlou
  • Awarded $440,326 from U.S. Department of ECA for Global Health Professional Fellows Program.
Sue Magliaro
  • Awarded $61,809 from Virginia Department of Education for 2011-12 Clinical Faculty Program.
Heidi Mesmer
  • Awarded $169,763 from SCHEV/NCLB Title II. Part A Improving Teacher Quality for Leading in Reading: Capacity - Building for Literacy Achievement.
Mark Sanders, John Wells and Tom Sherman
  • Awarded $46,135 from Technical Foundation of America for Technology Education Teaching/Learning Outcomes Research.
Michelle Seibert
  • Awarded $276,000 for Virginia Career View 2012.
Gary Skaggs, Serge Hein and Jay Wilkins
  • Awarded $348,376 from NSF REESE for Determining Algebra Readiness and Cognitive Skills Profiles by Using a Diagnostic Cognitive Model to Set a Performance Standard on Pre-Algebra Test.
David Hicks

Bowman, D., Hicks, D., Ogle, T., Cline, D. (2013-2015). EXP: Exploring the potential of mobile augment reality for scaffolding historical inquiry learning. NSF II-587, IIS CyberLearning: Transforming Education. Total $549,039.00.

  • This trans-disciplinary grant is designed to explore the use of augmented reality technologies in a way that explicitly teaches inquiry strategies and engages students to practice in an augmented real-world context, while scaffolding their progression while studying the history of Christiansburg Institute.
  • Role: Co PI
  • This trans-disciplinary grant is designed to explore the use of augmented reality technologies in a way that explicitly teaches inquiry strategies and engages students to practice in an augmented real-world context, while scaffolding their progression while studying the history of Christiansburg Institute.

Hicks, D., & Ogle, J.T. (2013-14). Transatlantic Teacher Scholars Program: Change of Time and Place in the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery. American Battle and Memorial Commission with a subcontract from Learn NC, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (LEA). Total: $350,000   VT subcontract: $58,916.00

  • Role: Co PI
  • This grant is a collaborative partnership between UNC –Chapel Hill and VT. The goal of the grant is to build curriculum materials (digital book) that support the themes of ABMC and use this as a portal into preparing teachers to learn to teach about World War I. While UNC- Chapel Hill are the fiscal agent I participated in the writing of the proposal to ABMC and sub-contract to UNC-Chapel Hill.

Hicks, D. & Potter, D. (2011-2012). Design and Development of an Online Virginia State and Local Civic Education Module. Virginia Department of Education- Federal flow thru [$60,000]

  • Role: PI
  • Developed online web module to support (re) certification of elementary and secondary social studies teachers for VDOE. The module includes 4 content sections: Federalism, State Governmental, Local Government, and Citizenship Participation. Each section included videos, content text and evaluation sections. A resource section is also included..

Hicks, D. & Ewing, E.T. (2010-2011). The Dining of Washington: Using the Chronicling American Historic Newspaper Collection to Facilitate Historical Inquiry in a Standards-Based Classroom. Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Grant through Waynesburg State [$20,000]

  • Role: Co-PI
  • The grant is designed build and share teaching resources that use the Library of Congress’ digital archives. Resource development and professional development activities for inservice and preservice teachers are the key elements of this grant.

Friedman, A., Hicks, D., Lee, J., & van Hover, S. (2010-11). What Does this Source Represent? Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Grant through Waynesburg State [$20,000]

  • Role: Co-PI
  • The grant is designed build and share teaching resources that use the Library of Congress’ digital archives. Resource development and professional development activities for inservice and preservice teachers are the key elements of this grant. While Wake Forest was the fiscal agent, the team named above served as co-authors and view ourselves as co PI’s.

Hicks, D., & E. T. Ewing. (2007-2011) Connecting to the Promises of Democracy: Citizenship, Conflict, and Opportunity. Teaching American History Grant. Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education – Teaching American History Grant. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education [Total: $491,411 VT subcontract: $124,302.00].

  • Role: Co-PI
  • The grant is a collaborative endeavor between Montgomery County Schools and VT’s Department of Teaching and Learning and Department of History.  The goal of the grant is to improve the teaching and learning of American history in MCPS. I participated in the writing of the grant – specifically the evaluation and objectives and also wrote the subcontract for VT.  My role in the grant is Director of Professional Development.

Ewing, E.T., & Hicks, D. (2007). African American schools in Virginia during the Great Depression: A teaching resource for history and the social studies. Virginia Foundation for the Humanities [$3,000]

  • Role: Co-PI
  • The purpose of the grant is to develop a digital history archive that makes available source materials about African American schools in Virginia during the Great Depression which are designed for teaching history and the social studies in ways that align with, but also significantly enrich and expand upon the SOL Curriculum. My role involved working on the 5 modules for the classroom that were aligned with the SOL.

Kelly, P., Tlou, J., & Hicks, D., (2006-2009). Citizen exchange between the United States and Kenya.” US State Department [$239,622]

  • Role: Co-PI
  • The purpose of the grant is to develop a dialogue on responsible and transparent governance. My role includes working on the development of the evaluation instrument and to meet and provide a week long workshops for the Kenyan participants on citizenship, democracy and governance in Nairobi Kenya during phase 1.

E.T. Ewing & Hicks, D. (2005-2008) Local Perspectives, National Identity, Global Legacy: Democracy in American history Education Sub-contract with Roanoke City Public Schools: Teaching American History Grant Program.  Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education – Teaching American History Grant. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education [Total: $1,000,000 VT subcontract: $118,475].

  • Role: Co-Developer and Co-Principal Investigator
  • The grant is a collaborative endeavor between Roanoke City Public Schools, Roanoke County Public Schools, Floyd County Public Schools, Salem City Public Schools, UVA Center for Digital History and VT’s School of Education and Department of History.  The goal of the grant is to improve the teaching and learning of K-12 American history within the school district consortium.

Doolittle, P., & Hicks, D., & Ewing, E.T. (September 2003-2007). Sub-contract with Montgomery County Public Schools: Teaching American History Grant Program. Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education – Teaching American History Grant. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education [$412,453].

  • Role: Co-Developer and Co-Principal Investigator
  • The grant is a collaborative endeavor between Montgomery County Schools and VT’s Department of Teaching and Learning and Department of History.  The goal of the grant is to improve the teaching of American history in MCPS.

Ewing, E.T., Barrow, M., Hicks, D., Jones, K., Mollin, M., Nelson, A., Stephens, R., & Thorp, D., (July 2003-2005). Digital Survey Online: Digital Resources for European and U.S. History. National Endowment for the Humanities Exemplary Education Grant. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities [$219,000].

  • Role: Co-Proposal Developer, Co-Principal Investigator. 
  • This grant is a collaborative endeavor between eight history faculty and myself.  The goal of this project is to teach students to recognize history as a process of inquiry into the complexities of the past.

Molebash, P., (San Diego State) Lee, J.K., (Georgia Tech) Hicks, D., & Doolittle, P. (Virginia Tech) (September 2002-2005). Digital History Inquiry Knowledge Project. FIPSE Grant. Funded by the Department of Education [$500,000]: Virginia Tech subcontract as part of the collaboration [$135,000].       

  • Role: Co-Proposal Developer, Co-Principal Investigator. 
  • The Digital History Inquiry Project is a collaborative endeavor by colleagues at San Diego State, Georgia State University, and Virginia Tech.  The FIPSE grant was written together with San Diego the fiscal agent and sub-contracts written by Virginia Tech and Georgia State.  The project supported and continues to support a series of research projects and scholarly publications including a recently accepted manuscript in Educational Technology Review.

Niles, J., Burton, J., & Hicks, D. (2000). Virginia Tech Subcontract to the College of William and Mary for the Virginia Educational Technology Alliance. Funded by the Virginia Educational Technology Alliance, [$21,000].

  • Role: Co-Proposal Developer, Co-Principal Investigator. 
  • The funds supported the development of a collaborative endeavor with Dublin Middle School cooperating teachers, Instructional Technology Faculty in the Department of Teaching and Learning, and myself.
Dean Sutphin
  • Awarded $569,117 from VCOM for International Health Outreach.
Gresilda Tilley-Lubbs
  • Awarded $8540 from Roanoke City Public Schools for 21st Century Learning Centers "LIFE" Project.
John Wells
  • Awarded $160,549 from Subcontract from George Mason University for Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA).
Jay Wilkins
  • Awarded $199,964 from NSF (CCLI) for Assessing Quantitative Literacy of Undergraduate Students.
  • Awarded $25,000 from Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center for K-8 Mathematics Specialist Program (Abingdon).
Mary Kasarda - (ME) and Brenda Brand
  • Awarded $30,943 from Virginia Department of Education for Inquiry by Engineering Design in Middle School Science and Mathematics.
Peggy Meszaros - (CITICYF) and Elizabeth Creamer
  • Awarded $48,665 from NSF for NSF/Gender in Science and Engineering/Extension Retreat.
Peggy Meszaros - (CITICYF), Elizabeth Creamer and Barbara Lockee
  • Awarded from NSF for Appalachian Information Technology Extension Services (AITES).
Kathleen Meehan - (ECE) and Peter Doolittle
  • Awarded $83,372 from NSF for Lab-In-A-Box: Development of Materials to Support Independent Experimentation on Concepts from Circuits and Electronics.
Francis Quek - (Computer Science) and Michael Evans
  • Awarded from NSF for II-EN: Device and Display Ecologies.
Beatte Schmittmann - (Physics), George Glasson and Brenda Brand
  • Awarded $2495 from Physics Teacher Education Coalition for The Virginia Tech Phystec Project.
Marie Paretti - (VTECC) and Brett Jones
  • Awarded $56,851 from NSF for Mixed-Methods Study of the Effects of First-Year Project Pedagogies on the Retention and Career Plans of Women in Engineering.
Mehdi Setareh - (Architecture & Design) and Brett Jones
  • Awarded $19,460 from NSF for Integrating Web-based Visualization with Structural System Understanding to Improve the Technical Education of Architects.
Ron Lewis - (Animal & Poultry Sciences) and Barbara Lockee
  • Awarded $37,262 from USDA NiFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program for Engaging the New Biology: Integrating quantitative genetics and genomics in animal breeding graduate learning.
Chris Williams - (EE) and John Wells
  • Awarded $10,115 from National Science Foundation for Collaborative Research: Understanding High School Pre-Engineering Student Design Cognition, Comparisons with Engineering Students.
Andy Norton (Mathematics) and Jay Wilkins
  • Awarded from NSF for Virginia Teach: Serving Mathematics Students in Need.