Bridging the Gaps in Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Research is a project to enhance and strengthen postsecondary CTE research at universities nationwide through the establishment of the Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows Program at NC State University, sponsored by ECMC Foundation. The program, based at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership & Research at the NC State College of Education, was established in 2018 through a three-year, $2 million grant intended to enhance and strengthen postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) research to improve student success.

About the Program

Each year, the program supports 15 to 18 Postsecondary CTE Research Fellows from institutions across the country who are doctoral students (in coursework), entering the dissertation stage of research, or proposing postdoctoral research that aligns with current issues related to the field of postsecondary CTE.

We welcome applicants from a variety of postsecondary institutions and academic disciplines, such as education, economics, sociology and business. This is a hybrid program and relocation is not required to participate.

The Research Fellows programming is 1 year (August-August) and all qualifying Fellows will be provided support to participate in the required research training institutes, ECMC Foundation CTE Collaborative Convening, and to meet with their assigned research mentor. Additionally, Fellows will participate in research methods webinars during the year.

Preference will be given to research proposals that addresses postsecondary CTE in terms of improving student success or using CTE to address larger problems such as economic mobility. Our view of student success uses the pillars of learning, transfer, completion,
equity, and labor market outcomes. Projects can address one or more of these areas. Projects in other areas of postsecondary CTE are encouraged.


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We have designed this CTE Fellows program to provide scholars with the unique opportunity to be part of a community and a formal curriculum and mentoring to develop their research skills while working toward improving the field of Postsecondary CTE.

James E. Bartlett, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Meet Our Project Team

James Bartlett, Michelle Bartlett, and Jordan Dolfi stand in front of a projection screen that features an image of 4 people around a conference table shaking hands, and the words "CTE Leadership Collaborative Convening". A poster is behind them that is partially blocked, but the words "Supporting evidence-based innovation in postsecondary education" is visible.
(L-R) James Bartlett, Michelle Bartlett, and Jordan Dolfi at the inaugural ECMC Foundation Postsecondary CTE Leadership Collaborative, Washington, DC, 2019

James E. Bartlett II, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Associate Professor

Michelle E. Bartlett, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Teaching Assistant Professor

Audrey J. Jaeger, Ph.D.
Co-Principal Investigator
Distinguished Alumni Professor

J. Jordan Dolfi, Ed.D. Candidate
Program Coordinator



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