Tananis, Cynthia


Cynthia Tananis is an Associate Professor of Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education.  She teaches doctoral level educational leadership courses, advises students and serves as the Director of the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) and is an Evaluation Technical Consultant with K-12 schools and educational initiatives.

In addition to teaching a number of courses and advising in the doctoral program in Educational Leadership, I capitalize on a 30 year expertise in educational evaluation in the capacity of the Director and founder of the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) which serves as an evaluator for the Math & Science Collaborative of Southwest Pennsylvania, a consortia of schools and organizations representing math and science education across over 1/5th of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. CEAC also serves as the evaluation director for a multi-million dollar NSF-funded Math-Science Partnership, and the Keystones to Opportunity (Striving Readers) Grant, Pennsylvania’s comprehensive approach to improving literacy outcomes for all students. In addition, CEAC provides evaluative services for the Superintendents Forum of Western Pennsylvania, the University-sponsored Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies, as well as working with a variety of schools across the region to consider the management and use of data to inform decision-making. CEAC was selected as a partner for Horizon Research to conduct Science: It’s Elementary evaluation across the state of Pennsylvania, works in partnership on a number of projects with the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development and has contracts with a variety of preK-20 institutions across the state. 

Cynthia obtained her doctorate Ed.D degree in Policy, Planning and Evaluation Studies at University of Pittsburgh, has a B.S. University of Pittsburgh Major: Physical Education Minor: Child Development and has authored over a dozen books and other publications.