Dr. Stafford Hood has more than three decades of experience as a university professor, researcher, scholar, and practitioner in program evaluation and assessment with a specific focus in culture and cultural context. He is the Sheila M. Miller Professor of Education/Curriculum & Instruction Emeritus and Founding Director Emeritus, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Hood’s work significantly influenced the development of culturally responsive evaluation (CRE) as a form of evaluative inquiry and practice by prioritizing the centrality of culture as well as cultural context. Dr. Hood has received extensive federal and private funding for his work in this area particularly as an external evaluator for federally funded projects focusing on broadening participation in STEM. He also continues to serve as a program evaluation assessment consultant to the federal government, state governments, local school districts, universities, private foundations, and internationally. For the past two decades, he collaboratively established what has evolved as the CREA international and interdisciplinary community of researchers, scholars, and practitioners that advocates for using a culturally responsive lens in all forms of systematic inquiry across evaluation, assessment, policy analysis, applied research and action research. He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association (2016), received the American Evaluation Association’s 2015 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award, was conferred an honorary appointment as Adjunct Professor in the School of Education Studies at Dublin City University (Dublin Ireland) in 2014, and a Fellow of the American Council on Education (2001-2002).