Associate Research Professor, Research Scientist
Scott D. Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor
Research Scientist 3
UNM Cradle to Career Policy Institute
Scott D. Hughes currently holds positions an Associate Research Professor and Research Scientist 3 at the Cradle to Career Policy Institute located at the University of New Mexico. He has served as the principal or co-investigator on a number of studies related to early childhood, early literacy and numeracy, professional development of education professions, and STEM education at UNM. These include a program evaluation of the New Mexico Home Visiting Family Child Care Outreach Initiative and the FOCUS Tiered Quality Rating Improvement System (TQRIS) validation study conducted by Child Trends. He serves as principal investigator (PI) on a project to assess an early literacy professional development (PD) program of higher education faculty known as Mississippi Momentum and a PD program in math education for elementary school teachers, known as the Families and Communities Empowering Student Success (FACESS). He was the New Mexico-based PI on a validation study known as Start Smart of the New Mexico K-3 Plus extended school year program in partnership with the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University. Other projects included a first year and mid-point evaluation of STEM-related education at UNM. Scott has participated on other CEPR research teams that have assessed an innovative co-teaching model for the training of student teachers and analysis of survey data on the Central New Mexico Community College’s faculty evaluation system. He currently serves as president of the New Mexico Evaluators, an organization focused on providing professional development and networking opportunities to evaluators located within New Mexico. He previously served from July 2016 to July 2018 as one of New Mexico’s representatives on the Institute for Education Sciences Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest (REL-SW).
Prior to coming to CCPI, Scott served as a legislative analyst with the NM Legislative Education Committee (LESC) and later 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. Primary responsibilities in these roles, among others, included management of the state-level evaluation of New Mexico PreK conducted by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER); coordination of data collection, analyses and report preparation for the children’s budget conducted in collaboration with the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet; and legislative bill and policy analysis.
While pursuing his graduate work, Scott served at the Institute for Public Policy at The University of New Mexico as a research analyst on various projects regarding state and national policy issues and on the editorial staff at the New Mexico Historical Review in positions culminating as 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 U.S. history from the University of New Mexico.