Teachers College, Columbia University

Colin Chellman, Dean for Applied Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics

Colin Chellman is the dean for applied research, evaluation, and data analytics at the City University of New York (CUNY). In this role, he oversees the Office of Testing, Institutional Research, Policy Research, Evaluation and Program Support, and Data Management and Analytics. These inter-related yet distinct units are within CUNY’s Office of Academic Affairs and together employ over 80 staff.

These units—collectively known as the Office of Applied Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics—conduct a wide variety of analyses to guide policy and evaluate academic programs and administrative processes at CUNY. The office collects, manages, and organizes survey and administrative data to support the analytic and reporting needs of the system.

Currently, Chellman's analytic work focuses on post-graduate student outcomes and—with the support of the Mellon Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and the Heckscher Foundation—transfer student success and the transfer process at CUNY.

Before taking the role of dean, Chellman was associate dean and the founding director of CUNY’s Office of Policy Research. As director, he established many of the lines of inquiry pursued by the office today, in addition to exploring the educational experiences and choices of immigrant students, the relationship between housing and education, and the academic impact of non-academic events like Hurricane Sandy. He also led the development of input-adjusted performance metrics for CUNY colleges. And, with Gates Foundation and federal IES support, pursued a joint research agenda on college readiness with the New York City Department of Education and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools.

Chellman's work has been published in Education Week as well as peer-reviewed journals such as Economics of Education Review, Education Finance and Policy, TCRecord, Urban Affairs Review, Educational Policy, Education and Urban Society, Housing Policy Debate, and the Journal of the American Planning Association. From 2013-2016, he served on the board of the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP).

Before joining CUNY, Chellman was a research scientist at New York University’s (NYU) Institute for Education and Social Policy; an adjunct professor at NYU teaching courses in public policy, financial management, and public finance; and a research manager for the Council on Economic Priorities. In 2006, Chellman received AEFP’s New Scholar Award. He holds an MPA and a PhD in public policy and finance from NYU’s Wagner School, and a BA in international relations/political science from the Johns Hopkins University.