Research Centers & Institutes
This Center is named for Jim and Jere Lynn Burkhart who have made significant contributions to the establishment and mission of the Center, which officially opened in October of 2005.
The Center provides services for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and the professionals who work with them to improve their quality of life.
Texas Tech University has received five grants (in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006) from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education Program totaling $7.8 million dollars to fund CISER.
Texas Tech was the only Texas institution to receive a grant in the 2002 competition and is the only Texas institution to receive continuous funding from HHMI. CISER is primarily funded by the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program.
CISER, in partnerships with the Region 17 Education Service Center (ESC), the Texas High School Project, the TTU TSTEM Center, and the Noyce grant at TTU, supports professional development activities for pre-service and in-service STEM teachers.
This Center continues the work begun by Dr. Virginia Sowell at Texas Tech University. It is designed to include an annual Distinguished Lecturer Series on the topic of visual impairment. The Center will eventually offer scholarships to students participating in the Visual Impairment, Orientation and Mobility, and Deafblind (Dual Sensory) degree and certification programs. The Center is also designed to support faculty research and public service.
The Institute for Leadership and School Improvement will provide professional development for area administrators with a focus on identifying quality instruction and teacher effectiveness as well as conducting innovative research on leadership. From residual funds of the Texas High School Project Pilot Principal Preparation Grant, the Institute has already established a collaborative partnership with Lubbock Independent School District to build leadership growth. Housed in the College of Education, the institute will facilitate access for area administrators to areas of expertise and disciplines within the College and throughout Texas Tech University.
This CENTER seeks to engage in collaborative research and practical application partnerships with multiple entities across the University. The Center generates nuanced and comprehensive understandings of the role leadership can play in the elimination of persistent inequities in public education (nationally and internationally) and in the development of a more just and caring global society. Currently, the Center houses Project Teach, which seeks to create leadership skills in Bilingual and ESL teachers and Proyecto EL SMEd: English Learner Science & Math Education, a two million dollar grant to improve student performance in science and math through improving math and science teacher who work with ELs.