Associate Research Professor, Research Scientist
Scott D. Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Research Scientist 3
UNM Cradle to Career Policy Institute
Institute for Geospatial and Population Studies
Scott D. Hughes currently serves as the Associate Research Professor and Research Scientist 3 at the University of Mexico Cradle to Career Policy Institute (UNM CCPI) and Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) both located at the University of New Mexico. He serves as the principal or co-investigator on a number of studies related to education with a central focus on early childhood. These include producing a policy brief on chronic absenteeism, studying STEM education at UNM, conducting a program evaluation of the New Mexico Home Visiting Family Child Care Outreach Initiative, and managing the FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (TQRIS) validation study conducted by Child Trends. He served as the state PI of the Start Smart validation study of the New Mexico K-3 Plus extended school year program in partnership with the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. He is currently heading up an evaluation of professional development program of faculty members in the state of Mississippi who prepare pre-service teachers in the area of early literacy known as the Mississippi Momentum Initiative.
Prior to coming to CCPI and GPS, Scott served as acting director for the New Mexico Office of Education Accountability (OEA) within the Department of Finance and Administration where he had been on staff since April 2004 serving as deputy director and senior policy analyst. When he first arrived at state government in October 2001, Scott served as a legislative analyst at the Legislative Education Study Committee. Prior to working for state government, Scott was employed at the Institute for Public Policy at The University of New Mexico as a research analyst on various topics regarding state and national health, nuclear and security policy issues and served on the editorial staff at the New Mexico Historical Review culminating as the managing editor. Originally from Michigan, Scott has lived in New Mexico since the fall of 1981. He has a BA in history from Michigan State University and a MA and PhD in modern U.S. history from the University of New Mexico.