Sheldon

Timothy Sheldon

Research Associate

Ctr for Applied Research & Educ Improvement
Room 425 LES
1954 Buford Ave

Tel:612-626-7237
tsheldon@umn.edu

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Educational Policy and Administration, 2005
Thesis: Forces and Impacts of Organizational Change at General College, 1985-2003

High Language Proficiency (Spanish), 2005

M.A.T., University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, Education, 1988

B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder, Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology and Religious Studies (double major), 1983

 

I've worked as a research associate at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) since 2001. I serve as a principal investigator and project manager for evaluation and applied research projects.

I enjoy the holistic approach that studying educational organizations and systems requires. One moment I am focused on statewide educational policies and the next I am in a classroom observing elementary students sketching crayfish. My research and evaluation work usually takes place in a variety of school districts and agencies throughout Minnesota, but some recent evaluation work has taken me to Mexico City and Lima, Peru. I am particularly interested in non-formal learning environments, such as wilderness programs and other out of school settings that focus on marginalized youth. I have also served as lead evaluator on a number of large-scale university/community partnerships.

I received my doctorate from the Department of Educational Policy and Administration at the University of Minnesota in 2005. I am proficient in Spanish. In previous lives, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer and forestry trainer in Ecuador and I taught Earth and Life Science to junior high school students.

Selected Publications

  1. Dretzke, B., Sheldon, T., & Lim, A. (2015). What Do K-12 Teachers Think About Including Student Surveys in Their Performance Ratings? Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 27(3), 185-206. doi:ISSN 2375-7876

  2. Maruyama, G., Jones, R., Adams, M., Upadhyay, B., Sheldon, T. D. Published (2014). Including Communities in Urban University-School Partnerships. Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, Educator's International Press, Troy, New York, 7(4), 364-379.

  3. Daugherty, M., & Sheldon, T. D. College of Education and Human Development, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. (2012). Staying power: assessing the impact of the be@school program on student attendance behavior. Twin Cities: University of Minnesota.

  4. Sheldon, T. D., University of Minnesota, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement. (2010). Urban wilderness adventures evaluation (2010). Twin Cities: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

  5. Skuza, J. A., Tzenis, J. A., Sheldon, T. D., & Russo, J. P. University of Minnesota, Extension. (2011). The Minnesota children, youth and families at risk project: Impact report 2011. Twin Cities: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

  6. Skuza, J.A., Sheldon, T. D., Tzenis, J.A., & Sheehan, T. University of Minnesota, Extension. (2010). The Minnesota children, youth and families at risk project: Impact report 2010. Twin Cities: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

  7. Skuza, J.A., Tzenis, J.A., & Sheldon, T. D. University of Minnesota, Extension. (2009). The Minnesota children, youth and families at risk project: Impact report 2009. Twin Cities: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

  8. Sheldon, T. D.(2007). Bridging the achievement gap: the promise of community learning. Research Works, College of Education and Human Development

  9. Sheldon, T. D., Varro, P., & Michlin, M. (2007) Saint Paul Public Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers: 2005 – 2006 Evaluation Report. Twin Cities: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

  10. Sheldon, T. D.(2005). Forces and impacts of organizational change, general college, 1985-2003. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota), Available from UMI. (3172847).

  11. Seppanen, P. Michlin, M., & Sheldon, T. D. (2001). Charting a New Course: A Study of the Adoption and Implementation of Standards-Based Mathematics Curricula in Eight Minnesota School Districts. Final Report. Twin Cities: Regents of the University of Minnesota.

Selected Presentations

  1. Sheldon, T. D., Farnsworth, E. M. (Author & Presenter), Johnson, J. (Author & Presenter), Annual Conference, "Do Place-based Learning Opportunities Increase Connection, Competence, and Contribution among Urban Youth?," Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Evanston, Illinois, United States. (October 23, 2015).

  2. Baker, J. (Author & Presenter), Harty, C. (Author & Presenter), Sheldon, T. D. (Author & Presenter), Annual Conference, "Anatomy 101: Dissection of the Evaluation Process," Mid-Western Educational Research Association, Evanston, Illinois, United States. (October 23, 2015).

  3. Sheldon, T.D., & Farnsworth, E. (2013, November). Francis Godwyll (Chair). Connection, competence, and contribution: New outcome measures for assessing outdoor program impact on urban youth. Paper delivered at Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA), Evanston, IL. Retrieved from http://www.mwera.org/annual-meeting-2013.html

  4. Dretzke, B, Sheldon, T.D., & Lim, A.Z.H. (2014, November). T. Mark Beasley (Chair). What do K-12 teachers think about including student surveys in their performance ratings? Paper delivered at Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA), Evanston, IL.