College of Education and Human Services



Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.

Objective A
Ensure the alignment of General Education, the major, assessment, undergraduate and graduate program review, and co-curricular activities with the above goal.

  • The College of Education and Human Services engaged in a process of continuous improvement, adjusting its assessment plan to better meet the needs of all programs and to align with the university’s assessment plan. 
  • The College of Education and Human Services served in a leadership role in Ohio in the implementation of the national Teacher Performance Assessment for pre-service and novice teachers.
  • Multiple College of Education and Human Services programs received national accreditation.
  • The College of Education and Human Services reviewed all programs during the 2010–12 academic years, deciding whether to maintain, strengthen, or eliminate each program. CEHS utilized data management systems to make data-driven decisions about programs.

Objective B
Diversify and enrich academic and professional programs, including non-degree.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the online master’s in teacher leader program, which trains teachers to be leaders in the field, No. 1 in faculty credentials and training.
  • Wright State launched the Doctor of Education in Organizational Studies, the first doctoral program to be offered by the College of Education and Human Services and the only program of its kind in the region.
  • New asynchronous online programs were created in collaboration with Academic Partnerships, including the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Teacher Leaders, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership for Principals, Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction with CIPD license, and Ed.S. in Educational Leadership for Superintendents.
  • The College of Education and Human Services and the College of Liberal Arts collaborated to develop the Youth and Community Engagement minor.
  • The Department of Leadership Studies formed a partnership with Academic Partnerships to grow online programs.
  • The College of Education and Human Services established and strengthened global partnerships with universities in England, Taiwan, and China, resulting in student and faculty exchanges.
  • The College of Education and Human Services adapted program offerings to meet the needs of the local, regional, and global economy. New programs created during the past three years include the Ed.D. in Organizational Studies, M.Ed. in Educational Technology for Health Professionals, a minor in Emergency Management (in collaboration with the College of Nursing and Health and Calamityville), certificate in Instructional Design in Online Learning, Computer Information Science Multi-Age teaching license, non-licensure classroom teacher Learning and Motivation M.Ed., German and Latin licensure programs, Early Childhood and Middle Childhood Education generalist endorsements, minor in Youth and Community Engagement, Community Health program, and Teacher Leader endorsement.
  • The College of Education and Human Services offered professional development and continuing education courses for area school districts, educators, and human services professionals through the Division of Professional Development.

Objective C
Recruit and retain a nationally/internationally recognized diverse, learning centered faculty and staff.

  • Charlotte Harris, Ed.D., dean of the College of Education and Human Services, was recognized by the American Educational Research Association Research on Women and Education special interest group for significant contributions to the association on behalf of women, girls, and education. She was also inducted into the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Dayton Region’s Hall of Fame.
  • Joseph Keferl, Rh.D., was the recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award for the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA) and the Educator of the Year Award for the National Council on Rehabilitation Education. He was also elected president of ARCA.
  • William Mosier, Ed.D., was elected treasurer of the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators.
  • Karen Wonders, Ph.D., was the recipient of the fellowship distinction of the American College of Sports Medicine.
  • Judy Jagger-Mescher served as a national trainer for the National Health Education Standards.
  • Ron Helms, Ph.D., served on a number of National Council for the Social Studies committees and program reviews.

Objective D
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.

  • The College of Education and Human Services created and strengthened collaborations and partnerships with community organizations and local school districts, providing the college with ample opportunities for applied learning, research, and professional development.
  • The College of Education and Human Services established lines of communication with local school districts through the Educator Preparation Advisory Council, which brings educators and representatives from CEHS and the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Science and Mathematics together to discuss issues affecting education and teacher preparation.
  • In 2013, the College of Education and Human Services held its first Network for Educational Renewal Conference, which allowed Wright State faculty and staff to engage with the teachers and administrators from the partnership school districts.
  • The Department of Human Services held an alumni and clinical supervisors conference in 2013.



Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.

Objective A
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.

  • The College of Education and Human Services changed its admission procedure for transfer students, increasing enrollment and improving the admission experience.

Objective B
Enhance the academic success of students.

  • Undergraduate Admissions, the College of Education and Human Services, the United Latin American Citizens, and the Hispanic Catholic Ministry collaborated on a recruitment initiative to tutor elementary Hispanic students.
  • The College of Education and Human Services was instrumental in the selection Student Success Collaborative, an early warning system to identify and help students struggling academically.

Objective C
Develop effective educational processes to assist students in meeting post-graduate career and educational goals.

  • The Organizational Leadership program implemented a new internship/service-learning program.
  • Wright State was a lead institution in piloting edTPA, a national performance assessment for teacher licensure candidates to evaluate their performance in the classroom. The experience of edTPA provides the foundation that a candidate will need as a new teacher.



Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.

Objective A
Build a national and international research reputation

  • The College of Education and Human Services faculty have been involved with the Ohio Education Research Center, a network of six Ohio universities and four research organizations developing a longitudinal data archive for Ohio and conducting research projects for Ohio’s Race to the Top initiatives.
  • College of Education and Human Services faculty have received more than $8 million in state and national grants over the past five years. 
  • CEHS and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene, and Madison Counties sponsored a national PAX/GBG training that brought teachers, school counselors, and social workers from around the United States.

Objective B
Enhance Research and Sponsored Programs infrastructure, leading to more external funding.

  • Research and Sponsored Programs and the College of Education and Human Services sponsored a research initiation grant for Jason Fruth, Ph.D., to infuse evidence-based PAX/GBG training in the college’s teacher preparation programs.
  • Research and Sponsored Programs supported CEHS faculty’s work with Hanover Consulting to apply for a federal IES $5 million grant to expand PAX/GBG in 53 classrooms.



Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.

Objective A
Increase the opportunities within the curriculum for community engagement.

  • The College of Education and Human Services established formal professional development school relationships with the Dayton Regional STEM School and the Dayton Boys Prep Academy.
  • The College of Education and Human Services is a leader in service-learning curriculum, and its students have donated thousands of hours at community organizations and nonprofit agencies, as well as at lower-performing schools in urban and rural district.

Objective B
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.

  • The College of Education and Human Services established professional development school agreements with two regional schools to address issues and foster improvements for K–12 schools and teacher candidates.
  • The Dayton Regional STEM School moved from Beavercreek to a permanent building in Kettering.
  • The College of Education and Human Services positively affected the region by preparing excellent educators, leaders, and human services professionals. New programs, including Youth and Community Engagement, Community Health, and Emergency Management, have expanded the traditional reach of education, leadership, and human services programs. 
  • The College of Education and Human Services partnered with high-need community organizations, schools, and neighborhoods, including the Initiatives in Rural and Urban Education program, science education outreach in the rural communities, and partnerships with community mental health and recovery boards. 
  • The College of Education and Human Services participates in the National Network for Educational Renewal and with the Educator Preparation Advisory Council.
  • The College of Education and Human Services established professional development school agreements with a number of school settings to enhance educator preparation and K–12 student achievement.
  • College of Education and Human Services Dean Charlotte Harris, Ph.D., participated in the monthly meetings of the State University Education Deans and in 2013 became the organization’s chair. She also participated in the Ohio Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Day on the Square, meeting with Ohio legislators.
  • The Educational Resource Center is home to the Dayton Holocaust Resource Center, the region’s largest collection of Holocaust and modern genocide-related materials.

Objective C
Offer degree and other education programs consistent with regional and state needs.

  • The College of Education and Human Services initiated the new Instructional Design for Online Learning certificate program.
  • The College of Education and Human Services addressed high-needs areas in the community with off-site programs and other initiatives, including the Science and Math Teacher Imperative, which seeks to increase the number of highly qualified and diverse science and math teachers in the U.S., and the intervention specialist teacher cohorts in Washington Court House and Celina.



Develop and sustain the human, financial and physical resources required to accomplish the university’s strategic goals.

Objective A
Encourage and support the professional development and wellness of faculty and staff.

  • The College of Education and Human Services has a long history of funding both faculty and staff professional development, before it became a requirement in the AAUP contract. Over the past five fiscal years, CEHS has provided nearly $600,000.

Objective C
Generate increased revenue.

  • The College of Education and Human Services created program coordinator positions to enhance tuition revenue by recruiting students in the Miami Valley.
  • The College of Education and Human Services partnered with area school districts to provide programs in high-need areas such as intervention specialist, reading, and principal licensure.
  • In 2011, the College of Education and Human Services operationalized a fundraising plan, which includes initiatives to increase alumni and other donor gifts and expands existing marketing plans.