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Eric Lichtenberger, Ph.D., joined the Illinois Education Research Council as a Research Fellow/Assistant Research Professor in April 2010 and became Associate Director for Research in August 2011. He conducts research on education policy, particularly on the Illinois High School Class of 2002 and 2003 Longitudinal Study. He also holds the rank Assistant Research Professor. Recently, Dr. Lichtenberger has been involved in evaluation, research, and database development in the areas of post-secondary education, instructional technology, correctional education, and workforce development. He has conducted several research and evaluation projects for agencies such as the US Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools, the Kansas Department of Corrections, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Correctional Education, the National Institute of Corrections, and the Virginia Department of Health Professions.

Dr. Lichtenberger has spent the past several years working for Virginia Tech's Office of Educational Research and Outreach as a senior research associate, primarily managing large scale post-program follow-up studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Career and Technical Education with emphases in educational research and political science from Virginia Tech (2004). He also attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale and earned a Master's of Education in Workforce Education and Development (2001) and a Bachelor's of Art degree in Political Science (1998).

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