Greg Welch began work in November 2016 as associate director of research and evaluation. Welch, who also has been appointed as a research associate professor, works with Buffett Institute staff to expand and implement the Institute’s research agenda with particular focus on its two signature programs, the Achievement Gap Challenge and Early Childhood Workforce Development. Welch came to the Buffett Institute from the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS) at the University of Nebraska ̶ Lincoln, where he led the Nebraska Bureau for Education Research, Evaluation and Policy and was a research professor. While at UNL, Welch played a major role in the design and implementation of the evaluation for the Superintendents’ Early Childhood Plan. Before coming to Nebraska, Welch spent three years as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education at the University of Kansas. Welch received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in applied statistics, both from the University of Wyoming, and a master’s degree and doctorate in research methodology in education from the University of Pittsburgh.
- Early childhood education policies and practices
- Evidence-based methodology for educational research
- Statistical modeling and psychometrics