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David McArthur, new director of research

David McArthur, Ph.D., became the director of research development and grants administration for the School of Education effective Oct. 1, 2008.

In this newly created position, he will develop strategies for increasing research dollars awarded to the School by working closely with faculty and administrators to identify funding opportunities and develop and manage proposals. In addition, he will reach across the University to foster collaborative relationships between the School of Education and other research units.

“Carolina’s Education School is already top-notch, yet the faculty wants to increase both the quality and quantity of its research,” McArthur said. “Unfortunately, these days, education isn’t getting all the funding it needs—even though it is essential to well-being and innovation.  In this new position, I will work with the dean and others to build support for high quality research at the School of Education.”   

A native of Canada, McArthur earned both of his academic degrees in psychology, a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1980 and a B.S. from the University of Toronto in 1975.

Previously in his career, he has not only produced extensive research of his own, but in addition he has worked on the management side to select high quality research for funding at the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

McArthur has been affiliated with the NSF since 2003. He first served as a program director in NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education where he contributed to new program initiatives and research directions for higher education at NSF. He subsequently became a senior researcher with the National Science Digital Library program where he helped develop a framework and plans for NSF’s new cyberlearning initiatives.

Previously, as a senior consultant at Collegis, Inc. in Research Triangle Park, N.C., he conducted research on digital libraries, distributed learning technologies and helped construct e-learning environments and Web-based courses for institutions of higher education.

He also has served as a research scientist at North Carolina Central University’s School of Library and Information Sciences and a consultant a UNC-Wilmington, and led a team that developed the iLumina digital library and participated in the National Science Digital Library program, supported by NSF.

Earlier in his career, he was a computer and research scientist with the RAND Corporation in California, where he directed research projects on computers and education, created and evaluated computer applications in education and developed a program of research on educational technology policy.

McArthur’s principal research interests, as reflected in his extensive publications, include the development of technologies to create digital collections, cyberinfrastructure and learning, and educational technologies and learning. He has been the principal investigator and co-principal investigator on several recent grants. 

He also has received several honors and awards, the most recent of which are a 2006 Director's Award for Collaborative Integration and a 2005 Director's Award of Excellence, both from NSF.

“Dr. McArthur has a distinguished research and research-administration career, and we are extremely fortunate that he is joining our ranks,” said Interim Dean Jill Fitzgerald. “He will play a critical role in advancing our faculty research agendas.”