Researcher HighLighT

Adrian Neely, PH.d

Dr. Adrian N. Neely is an educator, researcher, and evaluator with expertise in school connectedness and culturally responsive praxis. Dr. Neely began her STEM teaching career as a high school science instructor in the Atlanta metropolitan area. She has served as an Aerospace Education Specialist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) serving urban and rural communities throughout the United States. Dr. Neely spent several years in educational leadership at the state level. In the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement, Dr. Neely successfully developed the academic auditing program and supported local education agency’s with internal control processes related to data collection and test administration. She also managed and facilitated the publication of the state’s annual education report card. At the Georgia Department of Education, Dr. Neely successfully coordinated and facilitated the development of middle and high school performance standards frameworks that were used by practitioners in Georgia and beyond.

Current Project:

I envision my research focus on examining data using the Phenomenological Variant of Ecological Systems Theoretical framework to understand more about the programs and social context that make HBCUs unique in producing the most STEM undergraduates across the nation. I hope to further explore research using PVEST in the K-12 space to understand student connectivity to their institutions, peers, and adults in the school building.I envision my research focus on examining data using the Phenomenological Variant of Ecological Systems Theoretical framework to understand more about the programs and social context that make HBCUs unique in producing the most STEM undergraduates across the nation. I hope to further explore research using PVEST in the K-12 space to understand student connectivity to their institutions, peers, and adults in the school building.