Center for Research Evaluation

University of Mississippi


 Jonathan Winburn, Ph.D.Jonathan Winburn, Ph.D.

Interim Director and Associate Professor 

Jonathan Winburn is the Interim Director of CERE, Director of the Social Science Research Lab (SSRL), and Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Political Science. He received his B.A. in History and Government from Western Kentucky University and Ph.D. in Political Science from Indiana University. Dr. Winburn has extensive research experience ranging from program evaluation to economic impact studies. His research expertise is in the areas of research design, survey methodology, and geographic information systems. His academic expertise is in public policy and American politics with specific interests in state politics, legislative politics, and elections.


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Joey Rutherford, M.A.

Assistant Director

Joey Rutherford is the Assistant Director of the Dr. Maxine Harper Center for Educational Research and Evaluation. He began his career at CERE in 2006 as a research associate before becoming project coordinator. In September of 2013, he was named Project Manager. In 2006, he received his B.A. in History and Philosophy from the University of Mississippi. He is also a graduate of the university’s Management and Administrative Seminars for Human Resources Program (MASH) and the Research Administration and Management Program (RAMP). He recently received his Master’s of Higher Education/Student Personnel degree from the University of Mississippi in Spring of 2015 and is currently working on his doctorate.

Contact info: 662-915-7021 or

Shannon Sharp, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Shannon Sharp is a Research Associate at CERE. She received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Sharp practiced as a School Psychologist for eight years in Georgia before moving to Oxford. She also consults as a Supervising Psychologist for the Psychological Services Center at the University of Mississippi. Dr. Sharp’s areas of expertise include psychoeducational assessment and evaluation, educational intervention, and special education eligibility.

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Hope Gilbert, Ph.D

Research Associate

Hope Gilbert is a Research Associate at CERE. She received her B.S. in Biology at the University of Mississippi, Masters at the University of Tennessee and Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Prior to joining CERE, she worked with the Department of Defense to evaluate clinical and educational programs related to traumatic brain injury and psychological health. Her areas of expertise include public health/epidemiology, program evaluation and research methodology.

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 Graduate Assistants:

Carl Nichols