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Elizabeth Creamer



Dr. Elizabeth G. Creamer is a professor in the Educational Research and Evaluation Program (EDRE) specializing in mixed methods research design. She teaches an introductory and advanced course in mixed methods research design, along with an advanced doctoral course in qualitative research (Qualitative II) that focuses on grounded theory. She is the author of an in progress textbook to be published by SAGE, Introduction to Fully Integrated Mixed Methods Research and has lead interactive workshops in a variety of national and international venues about effective strategies for utilizing mixed methods in research in health and educational settings.

In addition to being actively involved in research and teaching, Creamer also engages in extensive service activities. From 2003 to 2010 she served as the Director of Research and Assessment for VTAdvance, a projected funded by the National Science Foundation designed to promote the success of women in science and engineering. She has held leadership positions in the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the National Advising Association (NACADA).

Creamer’s research and content expertise informs her teaching and advising activities at Virginia Tech.


Ed.D Higher Education/Community College Education, Virginia Tech,  1983

M. Ed. Reading Education, Colorado State University, 1974

B.S. English Education, Northwestern University, 1970

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae 

A prolific writer and researcher, the majority of Creamer’s research agenda has been devoted to issues related to gender and STEM. She has authored articles about elements of departmental and institutional culture that promote faculty women’s success in STEM fields and women’s enrollment and persistence in undergraduate programs in engineering and information technology. Her scholarship has appeared in such journals as Journal of Engineering Education, American Journal of Engineering Education, International Journal of Engineering Education, Journal of College Student Development, International Journal of Higher Education, and the Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering. She is the 2010 winner of the Women in Engineering Proactive Network (WEPAN) Betty Vetter Research Award; the 2004 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech Research and Scholarship Award; and in 2008 the Outreach Award.

Creamer’sinvolvement in grant-funded projects also exemplifies her commitment to issues in STEM. She has been a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on over $4 million in external funded grants from the National Science Foundation. Along with Dr. Peggy S. Meszaros of the Center for Technology Impacts at Virginia Tech, she was a principal investigator of an outreach grant designed to train middle- and high-school counselors, teachers, and family consumer scientists in 10 counties in Appalachia about gender stereotyping and jobs in information technology.


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