Rekha S. Rajan, EdD

Visiting Associate Professor of Research

College of Graduate Studies
Research
Phone: 708-209-3689

Dr. Rekha Rajan joined Concordia University in fall 2013. She is the program leader for the master of arts in grant writing, management and evaluation (GME) program. She currently teaches Introduction to Grants; Grant Management, Budgeting, Grant Writing and Third-source Funding; Theories and Models of Evaluation; Principles and Methods of Evaluation; and the capstone course for the program.

Her areas of expertise include arts education, program evaluation, and arts assessment. She studies arts integration in the elementary classroom, as well as how children’s participation in musical theater impacts their personal and social development. She is the author of the books Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5 (SAGE, 2012); The Good, the Bad, the Money: A Scholar’s Guide to Writing Grants (RLE, 2015); and Children’s Experiences in Musical Theater (RLE, 2016).

Degrees

  • EdD, Arts and Humanities, Music Education. Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • EdM, Arts and Humanities, Music Education. Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • MA, Early Childhood Professions. Roosevelt University.
  • BM, Music Performance. Roosevelt University.

Classes Taught

  • GME 6215 Budgeting, Grant Writing and Third-Source Funding
  • GME 6300 Introduction to Grants
  • GME 6330 Grant Management
  • GME 6340 Theories and Models of Program Evaluation
  • GME 6350 Principles and Methods of Program Evaluation
  • GME 6990 Capstone Project

Prior Professional and Academic Experience

  • Columbia University, Teachers College, Senior Research Associate, Center for Arts Education Research.
  • Columbia College Chicago, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, Education Department.
  • National-Louis University, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Early Childhood Education.

Awards and Honors

  • The J. William Fulbright-Nehru Research and Teaching Scholarship Award, 2013-2014
  • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award Nominations, National College of Education, National-Louis University, Chicago, IL, 2010-2012.
  • Florence K. Geffen Dissertation Scholarship Award, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2010.
  • PG Foundation Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2007-2009.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Books

  • The Good, the Bad, the Money: A Scholar's Guide for Writing and Getting Grants (with Tomal, D.). Rowman & Littlefield Education (forthcoming)
  • Children's Experiences in Musical Theater. Rowman & Littlefield Education, (forthcoming)
  • Integrating the Performing Arts in Grades K-5. SAGE, Corwin Press, 2012.

Grant Workshops

  • From Beginning to End: Fundamentals of Grant Writing and Program Evaluation. August 8, 2014, Arts & Business Council of Chicago.
  • The Good, The Bad, The Money: Uncovering the Basics of Writing and Getting Grants. April 21, 2014. Concordia University Chicago.

Grant Proposals

  • Soul Sisters: Exploring Audience Response and Community Involvement through Musical Theater Performance (with Koch, J.). Du Sable Museum and the Jewish Council for Urban Affairs. Funding proposal submitted to the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • All About Me!: Designing Child-Centered Music and Movement Activities for Young Children Greater Chicago Area Chapter, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association and the Chicago Children’s Museum. Funding awarded by the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association for the implementation of the Fall, 2012 workshop.
  • Using Videotaping to Promote Student Teachers’ Self-Reflection and Teaching Quality during Field Experience (with Leys, B. and Bliss, L.). Department of Early Childhood Education, National-Louis University, Year 1 Funding awarded by National-Louis University Faculty Development Grant.

Program Evaluation Reports

  • Program Evaluation: Stages Education Engagement Pilot Program. Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, IL, 2014.
  • Program Evaluation: Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Talent Development Program (Horowitz, R., Kleiman, A., Rajan, R., Beaubrun, E.). Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta, GA, 2013.
  • Interchange Program Evaluation Year Four Report (Horowitz, R., Rajan, R.). Interchange Arts Partnership. St. Louis, MO, 2013.
  • Interchange Program Evaluation Year Three Report (with Horowitz, R.). Interchange Arts Partnership. St. Louis, MO, 2012.
  • VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program Evaluation Report (with Horowitz, R., Kleiman, A., Beaubrun, E., Horowitz, A.). Washington, DC, 2011.
  • Interchange Program Evaluation Year Two Report (with Horowitz, R., and Serig, D.). Interchange Arts Partnership. St. Louis, MO, 2011.
  • Musicals in the Schools: Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (with Horowitz, R., and Kleiman, A.). Washington, DC, 2011.
  • Education Leaders Institute Interim Report Following ELI 5 (with Horowitz, R., and Serig, D.) National Endowment for the Arts and the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, 2011.
  • Woodruff Arts Center Evaluation of Arts Programs in Georgia Public Schools (with Horowitz, R., and Serig, D.). Atlanta, GA, 2010.
  • Education Leaders Institute Interim Report Following ELI 3 (with Horowitz, R., and Serig, D.) National Endowment for the Arts & the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, 2010.
  • Education Leaders Institute Interim Report Following ELI 2 (with Horowitz, R., and Serig, D.). National Endowment for the Arts & the Illinois Arts Council, Chicago, IL, 2010.
  • DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Third Year Report (with Horowitz, R., and Kleiman, A.). DC Collaborative, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • Students’ Experiences in Rosie’s Broadway Kids ACTE II Summer Intensive: Commitment, Confidence, and Community (with Horowitz, R.). Rosie’s Broadway Kids Foundation, New York, NY, 2009.
  • Interchange Program Evaluation (with Horowitz, R., Serig, D., and Beaubrun, E.). Interchange Arts Partnership. St. Louis, MO, 2009.
  • Assessment of Diller-Quaile School of Music Instrumental and Vocal Program (with Horowitz, R.). Diller-Quaile School of Music, New York, NY, 2009.
  • Executive Summary, Program Evaluation: Orange County Performing Arts Center, Arts Connect Program - Year Three (with Horowitz, R., and Kleiman, A.) Orange County, CA, 2009.

Articles

  • "Artistic connections: Gathering data for meaningful learning in the arts." Grant Professionals Association Strategy Papers, (In review).
  • "From Broadway to backpacks: The experiences of a musical theater performer and her first-grade students." Voices of Practitioners, (In press).
  • "Tapping into technology: Experiencing music in a child’s digital world." General Music Today. DOI: 10.1177/1048371314544169. 2014.
  • "Shared sounds: Making musical instruments with children." Teaching Young Children, (In Press).
  • "Supporting conflict resolution through structured dramatic play." Child Care Exchange, (In Press).
  • "I've got rhythm!: Fostering child-centered musical activities for preschoolers." General Music Today, 26(2), 9-13, 2012.
  • "Who needs the arts? Focus on Teacher Education." ACEI, 11(4), 6-8, 2012.
  • "Come dance with Me! Focus on PreK & K." ACEI, 24(1), 1-4, 2011.
  • "The Music Within." Montessori Life, 22(2), 34-37, 2010.
  • "Set the classroom stage! Using musical theater to support English language learners. Focus on Elementary," ACEI, 21(3), 4-8, 2009.

Presentations

  • "The youngest Broadway stars: Exploring the ambitions and anxieties of professional child performers." American Educational Research Association, Arts & Inquiry in the Visual and Performing Arts SIG, San Francisco, CA., 2013.
  • "Where is the music?: Teacher candidates’ perceptions and practice with integrating music in the classroom." Association for Teacher Educators, Atlanta, GA., 2013.
  • "Healthy Minds, Musical Bodies." Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Greater Chicago Area Chapter Fall Workshop, Columbia College, Chicago, IL., 2012.
  • "Using creative drama to foster literacy and social learning in young children." (with Field, S.B.). Invited Speaker Series, UIC, Chicago, IL., 2012.
  • "Shake it Up! Making and using shakers with preschoolers." (with Corbett, M.). Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Greater Chicago Area Chapter Spring Workshop, National-Louis University, Skokie, IL., 2012.
  • "Creating a culture of music." Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Greater Chicago Area Chapter Fall Workshop, National-Louis University, Skokie, IL., 2011.
  • "Using Videotaping to Promote Student Teachers’ Self-Reflection and Teaching Quality during Field Experience." (with Leys, B., and Bliss, L.). National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Providence, RI., 2011.
  • “Top ten issues in early childhood music and movement education.” Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Greater Chicago Area Chapter Spring Workshop, National-Louis University, Skokie, IL., 2011.
  • “Facilitating Student Teachers’ Self-Reflections through Videotaping.” Panel Presentation at the 10th Annual Practitioner Research Forum, Center for Practitioner Research, National-Louis University, Skokie, IL., 2011.
  • “Children’s Experiences in Community Musical Theater.” American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Music Education SIG, New Orleans, LA., 2011.
  • “Do You Hear What I Hear? Designing Child-Centered Musical Activities for Preschoolers, Sing Me a Story, Dance Me a Song.” International Biennial Convention, Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Leavenworth, KS., 2010.
  • “Musical Creativity in the Preschool Classroom, Educating the Creative Mind: Developing Capacities for the Future.” International Conference, Special Research Interest Group, Music Educators National Conference, Kean University, Union, NJ., 2010.
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