Center for Contemplative Inquiry and Mindfulness Practices

The Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, & Professional Learning

The Discovery Center for Evaluation, Research, & Professional Learning serves as Ohio’s only comprehensive center for research, evaluation, and professional learning in science, mathematics, technology, computer science, and engineering education, dedicated to collaboration, advocacy, and strategic innovation. The Center was established in 2015 through a merger of The Discovery Center and Ohio’s Evaluation & Assessment Center, to build upon a 24-year history of support for improving mathematics and science teaching and learning.

As part of the Center’s mission to provide comprehensive, high-quality services to improve teaching and learning and promote equity in opportunity, access, and outcomes for all learners, Discovery Center staff are dedicated to sharing their rich knowledge of research, evaluation, assessment, and professional development with others.

Dr. Sarah B. Woodruff, is the Center Director. To learn more about the Discovery Center’s work, and the services they provide, visit

408 McGuffey Hall
210 E. Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056

The Heckert Center for Children's Reading and Writing

The Heckert Center was established in 1983 to establish models of literacy excellence and to engage in the study and improvement of children's reading and writing. Richard and Barbara Heckert, Oxford natives and Miami graduates, endowed the center to honor Richard's father, John W. Heckert, a Miami professor of education from 1910-1942 and first director of the McGuffey Laboratory School.

The Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning and Technology

The Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology was created in 1990 to promote interdisciplinary research.The Center includes 61 faculty associates from 12 Miami University departments and four university divisions. In addition, the Center has an Advisory Committee comprised of members from a range of government units, community organizations, schools, businesses, and professions.


The Center seeks to meet its mission by focusing on the following functions:

  • Facilitating interaction among faculty researchers from various disciplines in order to investigate problems requiring interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Assisting faculty in writing proposals for external funding of interdisciplinary research, consulting, training, and evaluation projects.
  • Providing opportunities for university students (graduate and undergraduate) to engage in interdisciplinary activities with faculty.
  • Disseminating information and providing training through workshops, conferences, and technological methods.


The primary mission of the Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology is interdisciplinary research and program evaluation, learning technology, information dissemination and in-service training. A major area of research is the education and adjustment of at-risk populations, focusing especially on children, youth and family support.

Over the past five years the activities of the CHDLT have continued to evolve. Although CHDLT has always had projects related to evaluation and technology, in recent years many of its research activities now include learning technologies and program evaluation.


The following types of activities are provided by the Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology:

  • The Center assists faculty in the writing and submission of interdisciplinary proposals to obtain external funding for research examining the problems facing at-risk populations. Such research funding is obtained through federal and state governmental funding agencies, as well as private endowments and foundations.
  • The Center enters into contractual agreements with public agencies to conduct research and demonstration projects under agency auspices. Such activities include creating resource documents for professionals in these agencies
  • The Center disseminates information to professionals who provide services to at-risk populations. Publications and educational materials designed for practitioners are published and distributed through the Center.

Miami undergraduate and graduate students receive hand-on practical experiences under the auspices of the Center.

Questionnaire and Test Design-Analysis Laboratory

Mission: The Questionnaire and Test Design-Analysis Laboratory (a Rasch Psychometric Laboratory) supports clients' efforts:

  • to design a diverse range of data collection instruments for use in such fields as health care, market research, education, psychology and family studies.
  • to analyze data collected with questionnaires, surveys, rating scales, ranking scales and tests.
  • to apply Rasch measurement psychometric techniques to the design of instruments, to document the validity and reliability of instruments, to prepare data for statistical tests and to clearly communicate results.
  • to provide actionable and cost-effective guidance.

Workshops available:

  • An Introduction to the Design and Analysis of Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Introduction To Rasch Measurement
  • Intermediate Rasch Measurement
  • Developing Meaningful Presentations, Reports, Grant Proposals and Articles
  • Introduction to the Real World Use of Statistics to Evaluate Test and Survey Data
  • Introduction to Program Evaluation
  • Successful Publication of Evaluation Efforts
  • Hybrid Workshop