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Courtney Donovan

Senior Research Instructor, Research and Evaluation Methods/ Director of SEHD Research Center


My story:

I was a middle school science teacher who essentially worked myself out of a job because I was trying to ask too many questions and use data to make improvements. This made me realize I needed more training and led me to a PhD in research methods and statistics. Now that I have the knowledge and tools I need, I have three goals: First, I want to provide practitioners with tools they need to make improvements and decisions based on good data. Second, I want to use my classroom experiences to ensure a teacher-voice is heard in the research field. Finally, my love of science pulls me to ask questions that are science-education related and drives much of my research. 

My students at University of Colorado Denver:

I love teaching classes that can be intimidating topics (i.e. stats and research) and making them accessible to all my students. I work hard to scaffold and ensure students understand application to real world practices. 

Classes I teach at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development:

  • Introduction to Research Methods – RSEM 5120
  • Advanced Measurement – RSEM 7130
  • Intermediate Statistics – RSEM 7100
  • Applied Research Methods I, II, and III – RSEM 7001/7002/7003

My research interests:

  • Applying research to practice in education
  • Anything measurement related, especially in education
  • Helping educational leaders use data and research in meaningful, effective, and efficient ways
  • STEM topics in K-12 and higher education

My hobbies:

I live off-grid in Idaho Springs and love anything outdoors with my husband and two Vizslas (sport dogs). We hike, camp, backpack, kayak, bike, snowshoe, snowmobile, ride quads or just explore new mountain towns. ​​​​

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