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Jeff Sheldon

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Jeff Sheldon, Ed.M., Ph.D. is an experienced program developer, project director, graduate-level teacher and mentor, proposal developer, peer reviewer, and evaluation capacity-builder who applies cultural sensitivity, social science theory, and mixed methods across multiple disciplines, focusing on systems and organizational mission. Currently, Dr. Sheldon serves as a research associate/data analyst at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute - Center for Applied Research and Evaluation (CEI - CARE), and as an associate professor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego (USD - SOLES). In addition to his work with CEI - CARE and USD - SOLES, Dr. Sheldon is recognized as a versatile social scientist in nonprofit and public-sector applied research and evaluation, having worked on a variety of projects across a variety of content areas and organizations, including climate change (National Audubon Society), HIV/Aids (Sinikithemba HIV/Aids Care Centre, Durban, South Africa), Internet safety (Web Wise Kids), early childhood school readiness (South Carolina First Steps to School Readiness and First 5 Monterey County), community health (Methodist Hospital of Southern California), informal science education (Harvard University PEAR), public education (Los Angeles Unified School District), and mental health (Riverside County Department of Mental Health). Notably, much of Dr. Sheldon’s evaluation work and research interests have been informed and honed by a community psychology perspective which speaks to inclusiveness in the applied research and evaluation enterprise, taking context (i.e., people are centered in their communities) into consideration, valuing diversity, privileging the voices of community members, empowerment and self-determination, and creating communities of learning and practice. Last, Dr. Sheldon holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Claremont Graduate University’s School of Social Science, Policy, and Evaluation – Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences with a concentration in Social Science Research Methods and Evaluation Science, a Master’s Degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University with concentrations in Education Law and Non-Profit Management, and was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University’s Teachers College.