Jason is currently a project manager at the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. He is also a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary PhD in evaluation program. He enjoys music, art, and the finer things in life.
Lara Smith is Coordinator of Grants Development and Management at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Arizona
Jane Davidson is the author of Evaluation Methodology Basics: The Nuts and Bolts of Sound Evaluation (Sage, 2005) and the e-book, Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting Succinct Answers to the Most Important Questions (Real Evaluation, 2012). She is owner/ director of Real Evaluation (realevaluation.com). You can learn more about evaluation-specific methodologies in the blog she writes with Patricia Rogers at genuineevaluation.com.
Emma Perk is co-principal investigator and project manager for EvaluATE, the evaluation support center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. She has five years of evaluation experience, presenting in webinars and workshops for national and international audiences, developing resources, newsletters, and reports. She oversees production of the newsletter, coordinates our webinars, and works with both our CCLP and NVC. She also coordinates outreach with our contributing authors. She has a degree in Anthropology and specializes in graphic design, data visualization, and project coordination.
Serving as the CEO for Hezel Associates (Syracuse, NY), Kirk Knestis leads the firm’s strategic direction, research initiatives, and client services efforts. Having previously held the position of Director of Research and Evaluation for the firm, his research understandings are supported by diverse career experiences, including as a small business owner, STEM classroom teacher, university program administrator, and evaluator in university and Regional Education Lab settings. His particular research interests include evaluating uses of technology in education settings, policies and programs in STEM workforce development, and theory-based evaluation designs. Dr. Knestis earned a PhD in education policy and evaluation from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and holds a Master in Teaching from Seattle University.
My name is Wayne Welch and I am a retired professor from the University of Minnesota. My special interests are program evaluation and STEM education. I have worked with the ATE program in several ways: I chaired the advisory panel for the ATE evaluation project at Western Michigan University from 1998 to 2006; along with Bob Reineke, I wrote the Handbook for National Research Committees; and I have had two Targeted Research Grants (2008 – 2014) to study the impact and sustainability of the ATE program
Donna Milgram is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded CalWomenTech Scale Up Project and the Increasing the Number of Women in Technical Careers: Online Professional Development of Leadership Teams at Community Colleges ATE Project. Ms. Milgram has been PI of five NSF projects including the original CalWomenTech Project, which was highlighted by NSF in 2009 for demonstrating significant achievement and program effectiveness to the Committee for Government Performance and Results Act Performance Assessment. Ms. Milgram has spoken and conducted training throughout the U.S. and Canada and written extensively on evidence-based strategies for recruiting female students to STEM and retaining female (and male) students in STEM. She received a Reader’s Choice Award at the 2013 International Technology & Engineering Education Association (ITEEA) Annual Conference for her cover article, “How to Recruit Women & Girls to the STEM Classroom” published in Technology and Engineering Teacher magazine. Her presentations and publications include two peer-reviewed papers she presented at the 2010 and 2011 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition and a third paper presented at the Joint National Association for Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) and Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN) 2010 Conference. Ms. Milgram has testified before the U.S. Congress, presented at multiple ATE National Principal Investigators Conferences, and conducted trainings for ATE Projects and Centers.
Michael Lesiecki, is the Executive Director of the Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, Arizona. Michael is the principal investigator for a large grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program. He has 27 peer-reviewed journal publications and one patent. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Oregon State University. He was a Research Professor at the University of Utah and an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico. At Exxon Research and Engineering, Dr. Lesiecki worked as a Senior Scientist and at Candela Laser Corporation he was the Director of the Bioscience Division.
Dr. Lesiecki currently serves on proposal review committees for the NSF, Department of Education and Department of Labor. Lesiecki was a member of the NSF’s Committee of Visitors in 2012. The committee provides NSF with external expert review of quality and outcomes. Lesiecki has managed major grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health over the past 23 years. He now serves as the Chair of the Community College Liaison Panel for EvaluATE, the Evaluation Resource Center at Western Michigan University.
Elaine Craft has served as Director of the National Science Foundation-funded South Carolina Advanced Technological (SC ATE) Center of Excellence since 1994. Currently, she serves as Principal Investigator (PI) for the NSF ATE-funded Mentor-Connect: Leadership Development and Outreach for ATE project and as Co-PI for the SC ATE National Resource Center for Expanding Excellence in Technician Education both based at Florence-Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC. She also serves as Co-PI for the NSF ATE Regional Center for Aviation and Automotive Technology Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES) based at Clemson University, SC, and co-leader for the Community College Technical Assistance project based at Collin County Community College, Frisco, TX. In addition, Craft is President/CEO of SCATE Inc., a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation created in 2005 to promote systemic change in Advanced Technological Education and help sustain the SC ATE Center of Excellence.
For SCATE Inc., Craft conducts and/or oversees external evaluation of projects funded by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of Labor, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and US Department of Agriculture as well as curriculum development, program improvement, and faculty development focused on problem-based learning. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and an MBA from the University of South Carolina.
Elizabeth J. Teles
Dr. Elizabeth Teles retired from NSF in January 2009 as the Lead Program Director of the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program in the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and a program director for mathematics. She now consults on educational projects as part of Teles Consulting LLC. She also works as an intermittent expert for NSF approximately 60 days a year. At NSF she was the NSF Liaison for Community Colleges. She taught mathematics at Montgomery College, MD from 1969 to 1991. Dr. Teles holds a B.A. in mathematics from Winthrop College, a MAT in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Maryland. In 2008, she received the NSF Meritorious Service Award, the second highest honorary award at the Foundation, for her work on behalf of community colleges and her leadership in the ATE program.
In November of 1994 she received the Presidential Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges for outstanding contributions and dedicated service to two-year college mathematics education and in 2000 received the Mathematical Association of America’s award for service to mathematics. At NSF, she served on a short-term assignment as the NSF Science Manager at the South Pole Station during the summer of 1999, for which she was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal. She was also selected as one of the Department of State-NSF Embassy Fellows and served her fellowship in August and September of 2001 at the US Embassy in Ukraine. In 2005 she was the Visiting Mathematician at the United States Military Academy at West Point where she taught modeling courses the fall semester and was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service.
John Sener is the founder/CKO of Sener Knowledge LLC, a consulting practice which co-creates knowledge leading to positive change in education, learning, and society. He is the author of the book The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World (CreateSpace, 2012). He has extensive experience with evaluating NSF ATE grants. He has served as the external evaluator for the National CyberWatch Center since 2006; he serves as the external evaluator for the CyberWatch West regional cybersecurity ATE center, as the co-evaluator for the DeafTEC ATE National Center, and he has also evaluated several other ATE and other NSF projects. His career in education and training over the past 35 years is a unique mixture of broad practical experience and academic expertise. He holds a M.S. degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College.
Gordon F. Snyder, Jr. is past Executive Director and Principal Investigator for the sunsetted National Center for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT Center) at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) in Massachusetts. He now serves as a Co Principal Investigator with the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education (OP-TEC) in Waco, Texas. At STCC he helped develop the Verizon Next Step program and continues to serve as a telecommunications curriculum consultant for the program. He is the author of four engineering and engineering technology textbooks and has over 20 years of consulting experience in the field of software development, communications and LAN/WAN design. In 2001 he was selected as one of the top fifteen technology faculty in the United States by Microsoft Corporation and the American Association of Community Colleges and in 2004 was selected as the Massachusetts Networking and Communications Council Workforce Development Leader of the year. He is well known in the social media space with his content followed by thousands.
He has a strong interest in evaluation and the development of accessible tools evaluators and PI’s can use for communications and the formative enhancement of project impacts.
Dr. Tyson’s research focuses on gender and racial disparities in education, with a focus on student- and institutional-level influences on high school and college science and math course enrollment and achievement, as well as STEM degree attainment. Dr. Tyson has worked on several grants funded by the National Science Foundation. He is currently principal investigator of “Successful Academic and Employment Pathways in Advanced Technologies” ($1.2 million over 4 years). PathTech (for short) is a collaboration with Tampa Bay area high schools, community colleges, and technology small businesses to better understand pathways into AS degree programs and into the local workforce. This grant was the largest NSF grant awarded to USF in 2011, one of eight NSF grants over $1 million awarded to Florida universities, and the only $1 million grant awarded to an assistant professor at a Florida university. In total, Dr. Tyson has been awarded $2.2 million in external funding as a principal investigator and co-principal investigator and an additional $3 million as senior personnel. Dr. Tyson teaches courses in race and ethnicity, sport in society, and sociology of education.
Dr. Marilyn Barger is the Executive Director and Principle Investigator for the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence (FL-ATE). This center focuses on high-technology manufacturing. Dr. Barger is also on EvaluATE’s Community College Liason Panel.
Russell Cannon is the Director of Institutional Research at the University of Washington Bothell where his office oversees strategic analysis, reporting, and institutional assessment. His work focuses on the use of applied mixed-methods research and strategic planning to promote access, student success, and sustainable institutional development. He is also a member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison H.O.P.E. Lab and writes on education policy and data via his blog www.aroundlearning.com and on Twitter @aroundlearning.
Carolyn Brennan leads the Office of Research which provides research development, administration and compliance support to the UW Bothell campus and houses the office of undergraduate research. She has been a part of the growing campus research culture since 2006 and is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and the Society of Research Administrators (SRA).
One of four children, Arlen Gullickson was born and raised in a farming family in the state of Iowa. His education includes baccalaureate, masters, and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics, physics and education, respectively. He has 30 years of teaching experience at the high school and college levels and altogether more than 40 years of experience working in education. In the past, Arlen was the director of The Evaluation Center and Chair of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. Currently, he is supposed to be retired. But he serves as a Co-Principal Investigator for EvaluATE (after serving as the PI) and fishes whenever he can.
Corey Smith is a doctoral associate with EvaluATE. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in evaluation at Western Michigan University. His primary responsibilities with EvaluATE are to administer and manage the annual ATE survey, analyze data collected through that survey and produce reports, data snapshots and publications based on that data. PI’s may recognize his name from the flurry of nagging emails he sends about the annual survey each January through March.
Dennis Faber has extensive experience working the ATE program. He currently works with Mentor-Connect, one of our partner organizations. Also, he has served on our NVC panel.
Lori has a Ph.D. in evaluation and more than 20 years of experience in the field of program evaluation. She directs EvaluATE and leads and a variety of evaluation projects at WMU focused on STEM education, health, and higher education initiatives. Dr. Wingate has led numerous webinars and workshops on evaluation in a variety of contexts, including CDC University and the American Evaluation Association Summer Evaluation Institute. She is an associate member of the graduate faculty at WMU.
Lana Rucks, Ph.D., is Principal Consultant of The Rucks Group a research and evaluation firm that gathers, analyzes, and interprets data to enable our clients to measure the impact of their work.
Dr. Deborah Douma, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Grants at Pensacola State College in Florida, has an AA from Irvine Valley College, a BA in Communication Arts and MS in Administration from the University of West Florida, and an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Florida. Dr. Douma’s research focused on factors leading to engagement of community college faculty in grant writing activities. She serves on the national Council for Resource Development board, is immediate past president of the Florida Council for Resource Development, and serves locally on boards of the Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless and the Escambia 4-H Foundation.
Peggie Weeks serves as an external evaluator on multiple National Science Foundation projects. She has twice been a program officer at the National Science Foundation, helping to manage the Advanced Technological Education and other Division of Undergraduate Education programs. She was on the faculty at Corning Community College for sixteen years, where she taught in the Engineering Science and Mechanical Technology programs. Prior to teaching, she was employed as a process engineer with Corning, Inc.
Dr. Steven Budd is a former community college president and a past president of the Council for Resource Development (CRD). His career spans more than thirty years in all aspects of community college leadership including Institutional Development, Enrollment Management, Public Relations, Marketing and Government Relations. Dr. Budd has developed and implemented workforce development projects under the U.S. Departments of Labor, Commerce and Education. Dr. Budd also served as the Principal Investigator for CRD’s NSF funded faculty professional development program and has since pursued a career in project evaluation and research. He holds an MBA and Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Dave Hata has taught for 32 years at Portland Community College in PCC’s Electronic Engineering Technology and Microelectronics Technology programs. During his tenure at PCC, he worked closely with local companies to expand the local technician workforce and served as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator for a number of ATE projects. Since retiring in 2003, he has served as External Evaluator for a number of ATE centers and projects as well..
Dr. Jane Ostrander is Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) project Destination: Problem-Based Learning (PBL) (DUE#1161352), and Director of the Experiential Learning Center at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV. Ostrander serves on the Community College Liaison Panel for the ATE EvaluATE Center and as a Mentor for the Mentor-Connect for Leadership Development and Outreach Project. Her research interests include PBL, faculty professional development, online knowledge sharing in communities of practice, and social psychological interventions for transformative change. Prior to her project work Ostrander taught computer literacy, web site design, project management, and business.
Jacqueline Rearick, Grants Specialist at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke, Virginia, has a BA in Political Science from Shippensburg University and an MS in Leisure Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Ms. Rearick has experience in secondary and post-secondary education grant development and evaluation. She provides support in preparing foundation, state and federal grant applications and assists with regulatory grant management and compliance. Prior to her work at the college Jacqueline provided evaluation support, data management and reporting on multiple Department of Education grants. She is a founding member of the Blue Ridge chapter of the Grants Professionals Association.
Amy Gullickson earned her PhD from Western Michigan University in 2010, where she did her research on ATE centers that had integrated evaluation into their daily practice. She now works as a Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator for the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne in Australia. She serves as Co-PI on the FAS4ATE project and enjoys being connected to the ATE community – even when it means webinars happen at 3 a.m. her time.
Helen Sullivan is Director of the National Convergence Technology Center at Collin College, and was a director of the NSF ATE Regional Convergence Technology Center, the North Texas Regional Technology Consortium, and the Advancing Careers in Technology and Science project.
She holds a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and an MLS degree in communications, media, and technology from Southern Methodist University. She has over 25 years project and program management experience at large technology companies and is a conference speaker and facilitator.
Associate Professor Janet Clinton is the Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation at the University of Melbourne. She is a psychologist and educator with an extensive publication record, and is currently the co-editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia. Her evaluation experience extends across national and international contexts and includes over 150 different evaluation projects.
Associate Professor Clinton currently teaches several postgraduate classes in evaluation, and supervises a number of PhD students. Her primary areas of interest and expertise in evaluation include the use of program theory, big data, standard setting, and evaluation in diverse settings.
Celeste Carter is the lead program director for the Advanced Technological Education program at the National Science Foundation.
Mel Cossette is principal investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education at Edmonds Community College. MatEdU’s mission is to advance materials technology education nationally.
Jen has over 10 years of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity experience, including 6 years of professional experience providing LGBT support, education and advocacy to the Southwest Michigan community. As a community organizer Hsu has experience in systemic transformational change in institutions and communities. Her areas of focus include cultural competency training, organizational development and institutional policy analysis that focuses on building inclusive institutions through education and ally development to eliminate barriers and create welcoming spaces for marginalized and underrepresented communities.
Jen has dedicated her professional career to building intersectional and culturally competent anti-oppressive spaces. Jen currently serves as the Coordinator of Western Michigan University’s Office of Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender -Student Services. Before joining Western Michigan University, Jen served as the inaugural Executive Director of the OutCenter in Benton Harbor, Michigan
Miranda Lee is a project manager at the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan Unviersity. She is also a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program. Her primary responsibilities with EvaluATE involve the maintenance of our contact list and our database of evaluation data, conduct of the annual survey, webmaster, and contributor to various EvaluATE products.
Tarek Azzam, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Azzam’s research focuses on developing new methods suited for real world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face in practice. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and increase their potential impact on programs and policies. Dr. Azzam has also been involved in multiple projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the K-12 and university level, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs, and pregnancy prevention programs.
As a Senior Research Analyst with Hezel Associates, Mr. Fiorenza contributes his extensive experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, which he gained from his work in both in the private and public sector. Examples of his current projects include two National Science Foundation-funded science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) evaluations for Syracuse University and Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, as well as a U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant-funded program evaluation with Onondaga Community College. Mr. Fiorenza holds a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University.
After completing her MA in Arts Management at Columbia College in Chicago, Kendra spent her early career instructing business courses and coordinating the Department’s internship programs. Restless and eager to return to the arts, Kendra decided to pursue a certificate in Artifact Collection Care from the University of Chicago and her MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining Internet Scout/ATE Central, Kendra managed Columbia’s Fashion Study Collection and produced exhibits that showcased the collection’s historic dress. Kendra now oversees Scout’s diverse digital collections, a calling that appeals to her fondness for organization.
Rachael directs Internet Scout Research Group, a grant funded research and development center at the UW-Madison. She has been Principle Investigator on a variety of federal and philanthropic awards, including Scout’s ATE Central project, which acts as an information hub for the ATE community providing an online portal of resources, tools, and services that support and promote the work of ATE grantees. Rachael has spent most of her career in academia, with a brief foray into the world of start-ups, and brings a deep understanding of issues related to educational digital projects, sustainability, and grant stewardship to her work at Scout and ATE.
Mike Qaissaunee, professor and chair of engineering and technology at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, is currently the PI for a three-year NSF ATE project, E-MATE, E-books and Mobile Apps for Technician Education (DUE#1205113). Mike has won two “Educator of the Year” awards and has been recognized for his contributions to cybersecurity.
Dr. Douglas is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Purdue School of Engineering Education and Director of Evaluation for INSPIRE, the Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering and for nanoHUB-U. She received her B.A. in Psychology, M.S. Ed. in School Counseling, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Research Methods and Measurement from Purdue University. Her research focuses on methods of assessment and evaluation in engineering education. Most recently, her research has related to methods of evaluation in an open online learning environment.
Veronica Smith, trained as an evaluator, research engineer and architect, is a recognized leader in P-20 STEM education and workforce development, program evaluation, and data dashboarding for effective performance measurement. She founded data2insight in order to strategically partner with people and organizations to use data wisely to solve complex problems in the social, educational, environmental and health sectors. Ms. Smith holds a graduate certificate in the Advanced Study in Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University, a MSEE from University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from University of Arizona.
Dr. Rick Orlina is an independent consultant and evaluator specializing in applications of social network analysis. His contributions are informed by broad career experience, including working as a social scientist in educational and national security research, and as an engineer in product design, manufacturing, and marketing. He holds an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.
Rachel Becker-Klein, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Associate at PEER Associates. Dr. Becker-Klein has over a decade of experience as an evaluator. Dr. Becker-Klein’s interest in systems thinking that derived from a Ph.D. in Community Psychology (from New York University in 2003) has pushed her to bring a holistic approach to evaluation and assessment tools. Embedded assessment tools as a way to measure participant skills, knowledge, and behavior are an important part of the work she does as an evaluator. Dr. Becker-Klein has developed embedded assessment tools for several STEM education programs (in both formal and informal educational settings).
Karen Peterman, Ph.D. is the President of Karen Peterman Consulting, Co., a small firm that specializes in the evaluation of STEM education programs and research on evaluation methods. Originally trained as an experimental psychologist at Duke University, Dr. Peterman began working in the field of program evaluation in 2002. She founded Karen Peterman Consulting, Co. in 2010. Current and past projects have been funded by the HHMI, IMLS, NASA, NIH, NSF, and ED. Dr. Peterman’s portfolio currently includes evaluations of professional development programs, in-school and out-of-school programs, and research projects focused on methods for science festivals and citizen science projects.
Cathlyn Stylinski is a tenured research faculty at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. She holds a Ph.D. in ecology and has over a decade of experience in designing and evaluating science education projects in schools and informal education settings with funding from NSF, NOAA and other organizations. Her research interests focus on public/student engagement in science and collaborative learning around environmental topics. Her work includes development of a classroom observation tool to understand technology use in science classes and exploration of embedded assessments to measure skill gains in citizen science efforts.
Patricia Moore Shaffer is the Evaluation Manager of the NASA Office of Education. She previously served as the founding Senior Evaluation Officer for the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former Vice President for Research and Development, the Educational Policy Institute. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary and a M.A. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Washington Evaluators and serves as Treasurer for the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness.
The Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC) was founded and is directed by Dr. Cynthia A. Tananis, Associate Professor in the School of Education. Dr. Tananis has been an educator and evaluator for over 30 years and is familiar with education and social initiatives. CEAC currently serves as the evaluator of over 20 other programs and initiatives, ranging from the large federally funded programs to smaller community-based organization projects. More information about CEAC can be found at www.ceac.pitt.edu.
Beverly Parsons is Executive Director of InSites, a non-profit research, evaluation, and planning organization based in Colorado and Washington State. She especially enjoys evaluating multi-site, multi-sector initiatives using a systems orientation. She works nationally and internationally in the areas of education, social services, health, and ecology. She has conducted many STEM education evaluations and served as the PI for two NSF evaluation capacity building grants. Beverly was the 2014 President of the American Evaluation Association. She holds a PhD in Educational Research and Evaluation, a BS in Medical Technology and a certificate in Sustainable Business.
Dr. Daniel R. Zalles is a Senior Educational Researcher at SRI International. He has a long history of evaluating STEM innovation products and leading the research and development of technology innovations for advancing student and teacher understanding of geoscience topics and contemporary environmental challenges. He has served as principal investigator for projects funded by NASA and NSF, and his evaluations have been of innovations in math teacher professional development, education for data and survey literacy in formal and informal settings, and universal design for learning on science topics. For more information about Dr. Zalles and his projects, go to sesis.sri.com.
Asa Bradley has been a physics instructor at Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) since 2004. Prior to her post there, she worked in the San Francisco Bay Area software industry as a physicist, quality assurance engineer, technical writer, and web developer. She holds an MS in Medical Physics from the University of Colorado and an MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University. Ms. Bradley’s academic interests outside of teaching includes physics education research and science outreach. As a trained workshop leader in the national Math Across the Curriculum program she teaches community college faculty across the US how to incorporate math and science into all disciplines. She is a past board member of the Pacific Northwest Association of College Physics (PNACP) and active in the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). She’s received several teaching awards including a 2015 YWCA Woman of Achievement Award.
Cheryl Endres is the EvaluATE doctoral associate and a student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. She has experience as both an internal evaluator/project coordinator for several grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education and as an external evaluator for a number of local programs.
Sharon Gusky is PI of Manufacturing Associate Degree Education in Northwestern Connecticut (NSF #1400570), which is focused on increasing the number of skilled workers through recruitment, education, retention, and continued education and career advancement for manufacturing technicians.
Gregory J. Cizek is Professor of Educational Measurement and Evaluation at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses in applied measurement and evaluation. He has authored of over 300 books, chapters, articles, and conference papers related to his scholarly interests in standard setting, validity, and test security. Dr. Cizek is a member and past president of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME); he has managed credentialing testing programs, worked on state and national assessment programs, and served as vice-president of a local school board; he began his career as an elementary school teacher. Dr. Cizek is the recipient of the AERA Division D award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology (2006) and recipient of the NCME award for Outstanding Dissemination of Educational Measurement Concepts (2007). He received his PhD in Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Design from Michigan State University.
Audra Kosh is a doctoral student in Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. She is currently a research fellow at MetaMetrics, where she works on developing mathematics assessments and conducts research on automatic item generation. Ms. Kosh previously taught eighth-grade mathematics in Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland, and worked as a research analyst for Westat in Rockville, Maryland. Her research interests include educational measurement, mathematics learning and teaching, and informal learning opportunities. Ms. Kosh holds a M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics from American University.
As a research associate with Hezel Associates, Ms. Singer’s primary focus is STEM education and workforce development research and evaluation. Her expertise includes project management and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. Her current projects include evaluation of an ATE project with River Valley Community College in New Hampshire and several community college-focused U.S. Department of Labor program evaluations. Previously, Ms. Singer served as coordinator for PK-12 recycling education at a municipal recycling agency and an environmental scientist at SRC, Inc. Ms. Singer holds a master’s in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy from Syracuse University.
Talbot Bielefeldt (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an independent educational program evaluator based in Eugene, Oregon. His clients include school districts, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Much of his work focuses on National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, and corporate initiatives to enhance STEM education and training.
Dr. Amy A. Germuth is the founder and president of EvalWorks, LLC, an evaluation firm located in Durham, NC. She has a B.S. in mathematics, a M.S. in education administration, and a Ph.D. in education psychology, measurement, and evaluation. Dr. Germuth has been an evaluator for over 15 years and focuses on evaluating STEM initiatives. She has served as the external evaluator on multiple NSF-funded grants, including those funded via Noyce, GK12, DRK12, ISE, ITEST, MSP, ATE, and TUES grants, as well as NASA grants and NIH SEPA grants. Dr. Germuth is an active member of the American Evaluation Association.
Goldie MacDonald is a Health Scientist at the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, she co-led design and implementation of a multisite evaluation of Field Epidemiology Training Programs in 10 countries. The American Evaluation Association (AEA) selected this work as an exemplar of internal evaluation practice earlier this year. She authored two evaluation checklists: Criteria for Selection of High-Performing Indicators: A Checklist to Inform Monitoring and Evaluation and Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health: A Checklist of Steps and Standards. Currently, she teaches program evaluation for the CDC and partner organizations at regional training events held annually in the Americas, Africa, and Asia.
Dr. Ayesha Boyce received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Evaluation from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her research interests focus on addressing issues related to diversity, equity, access, climate, and cultural responsiveness while judging the quality of implementation, effectiveness, impact, and institutionalization of educational programs, especially those that are multi-site and/or STEM. Dr. Boyce has evaluated many programs funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Title VI, and others. She is the Chair of the American Evaluation Association STEM TIG.
Dr. Manu O. Platt earned his B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. After postdoctoral work at MIT, he returned to Georgia Tech/Emory where he was recently promoted and tenured. The Platt Lab studies strokes in children with sickle cell disease, HIV-mediated cardiovascular disease, and predictive medicine in cancer. He is also Diversity Director for the NSF Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS). He co-founded and co-directs Project ENGAGES, a biotech and engineering research program for African-American high school students in Georgia Tech laboratories. Website: Platt Lab
Dr. Bernadette Wright is the Director of Research & Evaluation at Meaningful Evidence, LLC, where she provides program evaluation and policy research for nonprofits and universities, using mixed-method evaluation and the innovative Integrative Propositional Analysis approach to integrating and improving theories. She specializes in STEM/education, health care/human services, and equity for underserved populations. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and currently serves as Webmaster of the AEA STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group. She earned her PhD. in public policy/program evaluation from the University of Maryland in 2002.
Ginger Fitzhugh is a Senior Research Associate at Education Development Center. She has over a decade of experience in conducting evaluations that help programs leverage knowledge to achieve better outcomes for young people. She currently leads a number of NSF-supported evaluations of programs aimed at increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce. She is also an active member of the American Evaluation Association. email@example.com
Dr. Vicky Coulon is a Research Scientist at Education Development Center. She has 11 years of experience conducting numerous evaluation projects related to STEM equity, informal programs, K-12 education initiatives, and professional development. She has evaluated several projects funded by the National Science Foundation, including DRK-12, ITEST, AISL, GSE, ATE, ADVANCE, CAREER, STEM+C and CNS projects, as well as NASA and foundation grants. Prior to her work on evaluation, Dr. Coulon was a K-12 educator. Her doctorate is in Instructional Technology and Distance Education.
Mary Siegrist started her own consulting business, IMSA Consulting, in 2009 while pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Statistics and Research Methods. IMSA Consulting specializes in identifying best practices and benchmarks in education and healthcare through program evaluations and high level statistical analysis.
Peggy Teague is a part-time evaluator with the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education Resource Center (SCATE, Inc.), while enjoying retirement from a long career in community college leadership. She most recently served as Vice President of Academic and Student Services for Wayne Community College prior to retiring. Her career spanned 37 years of teaching early childhood education, serving as department head and division chair of multiple divisions and as a program coordinator at the system level. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in home economics education, a master’s in child development and family studies, and a doctorate in higher education administration/community college leadership. She remains active in retirement spending time volunteering at her church and in mission activities and being grandmother to six wonderful grandchildren!
Lyssa Wilson contributes to various EvaluATE projects including the ATE annual survey report, survey snapshots, conference presentations, and blog posts. She is a student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation program at Western Michigan University. She has worked on a number of different evaluations, both big and small. Her interests lie in improving the way we conduct evaluation through research on evaluation methods and theories, as well as creating useful and understandable evaluation reports through data visualization.
Dr. Jarosewich is president and CEO of Censeo Group. She has led large-scale evaluations for state departments of education, school districts, grantmakers, foundations, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She is currently evaluating two Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants, one for Steven’s Institute of Technology around spatial skills development and one for McHenry County College for mobile app development. She is also working on a number of evaluations around college access and success, undergraduate education, and STEM curriculum development. Dr. Jarosewich was an associate director at the Indiana Center for Evaluation (Indiana University-Bloomington), postdoctoral research fellow at Duke University, and for many years worked as a school psychologist with the Cleveland Municipal School District. She is coauthor of the Gifted Rating Scales, published by Elsevier and an author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles.
Andrew Hayman is a research analyst with Hezel Associates. With a background in environmental studies, he brings a holistic perspective to his evaluations. His interests include program sustainability, qualitative research methods, and evaluation utility. Mr. Hayman leads evaluation activities for one ATE program in the northeast and is involved in three large TAACCCT evaluations as well. Mr. Hayman earned a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University and a master’s in professional studies from State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Charlotte B. Forrest is project manager and co-principal investigator of the NSF-funded Mentor-Connect project at Florence-Darlington Technical College in the South Carolina Advanced Technological Education (SC ATE) National Center of Excellence. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Morehead State University.
A native of Louisville, KY, she has experience in student affairs and STEM/diversity initiatives and a passion for initiatives that encourage diversity and the representation of those underserved or underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields; community colleges; and higher education, in general. She is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
Dr. Rudibaugh’s career started as a faculty member instructing Earth Science and Geography courses at Lake Land College in 1996 – present. Dr. Rudibaugh holds a B.A. from Eastern Illinois University (Psychology) and a M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2006) from Indiana State University in Economic Geography. Dr. Rudibaugh was also the CoPI for the National Geospatial Technology Center (GeoTech) from 2008-2011 for the National Science Foundation. His current work relates to developing workforce and internship models for rural community colleges aligning curricula with regional workforce demands through a National Science Foundation ATE Grant (Geospatial Advantage) with Kaskaskia College as the project PI.
Nick Smith is a professor of instructional design, development, and evaluation. His research focuses on the theory and methods of evaluation of educational and social programs, specifically on investigative methods in applied fields of inquiry. Smith has served on numerous editorial boards, including as past editor-in-chief of New Directions for Program Evaluation. He has also edited such volumes as Metaphors for Evaluation: Sources of New Methods; New Techniques for Evaluation; Communication Strategies in Evaluation; and Varieties of Investigative Evaluation. In 2004, he served as president of the American Evaluation Association.
Dr. Wendy Tackett has a background in writing and managing grants, working in public education and nonprofits, and evaluating at the practitioner level, which helps her understand the challenges educational institutions and nonprofits face and work with them in a participatory manner. She earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University in Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Design. Dr. Tackett is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis methods, focusing heavily on the use of evaluation findings. Dr. Tackett founded iEval, an evaluation consulting firm, in 2002 and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leslie Goodyear, PhD, is a researcher and evaluator who has significant experience leading complex evaluations of national programs and systems, particularly government-funded programs. She has conducted program and project evaluations in both formal and informal educational settings that serve youth, with a recent focus on STEM educational programs and programs that aim to broaden participation in STEM. She is the associate editor of the American Journal of Evaluation, a past board member of the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and former chair of the AEA Ethics Committee. She is also the lead editor of the book, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice (2014).
During her EDC tenure, Goodyear took a leave to serve as a program officer at the National Science Foundation Division of Research on Learning, where she administered national grants programs, supervised evaluation and research contracts, and developed directorate and division-level evaluation policy.
Goodyear holds a MS and PhD in program evaluation and planning from Cornell University.
Melanie Hwalek is CEO of SPEC Associates, a nonprofit program evaluation organization headquartered in downtown Detroit with both a local and national scope to services. Melanie is a veteran at program evaluation. In her long career, she has evaluated more than 200 programs for more than 150 different organizations. Melanie teaches evaluation management for Michigan State University’s M.A. in program evaluation. She was a board member of both the American Evaluation Association and the Michigan Association for Evaluation. She holds the Certified Evaluator Designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society (there is no equivalent national certification in the U.S.)
Dr. Jessaca Spybrook is an associate professor of educational leadership, research, and technology at Western Michigan University, specializing in evaluation, measurement and research. She earned her Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan, where she also received an M.A. in applied statistics and B.A. in elementary education. She teaches, among other courses, Data Analytics I and II and hierarchical linear modeling. Her research focuses on improving the quality of the designs and power analyses of group randomized trials in education. She coauthored the software and documentation for Optimal Design Plus, a program that assists researchers in planning adequately powered experiments. She has published in journals such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Journal for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Evaluation Review. Spybrook’s work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the William T. Grant Foundation. She received a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010. Prior to attending graduate school she was a seventh grade math teacher.
Stephanie B. Wilkerson, President of Magnolia Consulting, brings over 20 years of experience working on research and evaluation studies at national, state, and local levels. She has served as the principal evaluator for the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project with the Virginia Space Grant Consortium and several Virginia community colleges that aim to enhance geospatial technician education to meet workforce demands. Stephanie has directed 32 randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental evaluations in the areas of STEM, reading, and English language proficiency using mixed-method designs with student assessment data, student interest surveys, instructional practices surveys, and implementation fidelity measures.
Beth Peery, Lead Research Assistant with Magnolia Consulting, provides support for a variety of studies through database development and management, data collection, survey management, data analysis, and report writing. At Magnolia Consulting, she assisted with an NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) project, which set out to improve the academic-to-workforce pathways of geospatial technologies at several Virginia community colleges. Her educational experience includes in-depth training in quantitative and qualitative data collection and research methodologies.
Kelly has a Ph.D. in evaluation and more than eight years of experience in the field of evaluation. She works as a Senior Research Associate at The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University. Dr. Robertson has worked on evaluations at the local, regional, national, and international levels, spanning a wide variety of sectors (e.g., STEM education, adult education, career and technical education, and evaluation capacity development). Her research interests primarily focus on evaluation as it relates to equity, cultural competence, and making evaluation more user-friendly.
Chris Carter is the Deputy Director of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), where he oversees comprehensive higher education, precollege, and outreach programs, including VSGC’s scholarship and fellowship program and several internship programs. The VSGC receives seed funding from NASA to coordinate and develop STEM education, research, and workforce development programs statewide. Carter is principal investigator (PI) on two NSF-funded projects: Geospatial Technician Education – Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS) and Expanding Geospatial Technician Education through Virginia’s Community Colleges (GeoTEd), funded by the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program. He holds a B.S. in Management Science from Virginia Tech and an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology from East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Prior to joining the VSGC, Carter served as Training Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at ETSU. He has also worked as a Workforce Training and Development Instructor with the Adult Education Department Virginia and as an adjunct faculty at several community colleges.
Aleata Hubbard is a Research Associate in WestEd’s STEM program and a doctoral candidate in the Learning Sciences program at Northwestern University. She conducts evaluation and research studies in computer science and mathematics education. Ms. Hubbard also designs and implements data management processes for large-scale efficacy studies of educational interventions. Before joining WestEd, she studied collaborative learning environments and pedagogies to support computer science students and second language learners and spent a year teaching programming skills to aspiring entrepreneurs in Accra, Ghana.
Karen L. Yanowitz has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and is a Professor of Psychology at Arkansas State University. She conducts research on students’ STEM learning as well as the impact of professional development programs on teachers and students. Dr. Yanowitz has also worked as an evaluator on several STEM education programs. She is the principal investigator of the NSF funded project CSI: Classroom Student Investigators, described in this post.
Kelly Ball, PhD., is the senior grants specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI. Kelly has helped organizations successfully secure over $20 million in grant funding from both government agencies and private foundations. She regularly works with grant project teams to develop evaluation plans.
Jeff Grebinoski is the Institutional Researcher at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in Green Bay, WI. Jeff has worked for the past 15 years conducting program evaluation research in non-profit, local government and higher education settings. He works with internal project teams as well as with external evaluators and researchers.
Xiaoxia Newton is an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Her current research focuses on STEM majors’ pedagogical content understanding. In addition, she is the principal investigator of a multi-year evaluation of the collaborative effort between Lowell Public Schools (LPS) and multiple community partners at transforming LPS Career Academy into a community hub that provides a range of on-site academic, occupational, social, and health services. Newton is the incoming co-chair elect of the American Evaluation Association’s International and Cross-Cultural Topical Interest Group. She will serve a three-year term beginning January, 2017.
Breonte S. Guy serves as a Co-Principal Investigator of an HBCU UP Targeted Infusion Project grant. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to explore how infusing lab-bench techniques into the Exercise Physiology curriculum informs undergraduate students’ attitudes about research and science and intentions to persist in STEM-related careers.
Dr. Dawn Henderson serves as a Co-Principal Investigator of an HBCU UP Targeted Infusion Project grant. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to explore how infusing lab-bench techniques into the Exercise Physiology curriculum informs undergraduate students’ attitudes about research and science and intentions to persist in STEM-related careers.
Chad Markert serves as a Co-Principal Investigator of an HBCU UP Targeted Infusion Project grant. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the project aims to explore how infusing lab-bench techniques into the Exercise Physiology curriculum informs undergraduate students’ attitudes about research and science and intentions to persist in STEM-related careers.
Shelly Engelman is a senior researcher at the Findings Group and has more than 10 years of experience in the field of research and evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Delaware and has been a lead quantitative analyst and methodologist on a series of state- and federally-funded programs. Dr. Engelman has led numerous workshops and presentations on evaluation in a variety of contexts, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Evaluation Association, and the Eastern Evaluation Research Society.
Morgan Miller received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Since beginning her career in 2014 at The Findings Group, her interest in STEM has expanded to include innovative education practices and technology, with efforts focused around increasing diversity in STEM education and careers. She has presented her work at the American Evaluation Association conference and the Capstone Design conference.
Elizabeth Bachrach is a senior research associate with Goodman Research Group in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Ph.D. in Social/Developmental Psychology.
Grace Bachman, B.A., Research Assistant, joined Goodman Research Group (GRG) after graduating from Wellesley College in 2015 with a degree in Psychology and minor in Economics. In her sophomore year, she worked with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) to increase State Legislator support for An Act Establishing Earned Paid Sick Time (S900/H1739). In her junior and senior year, she worked as a Research Assistant at MIT Sloan School of Management where she focused on women and minority leadership and negotiation.
Ms. Bachman’s current projects include the STEM Learning and Research Center (STELAR), a partnership between the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and GRG, designed to broaden participation in the STEM workforce to traditionally underrepresented populations. She is also working on GRG’s evaluation of the Cabinet of Art and Curiosity Gallery at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Lisa Kirkham is a project coordinator in the Discovery Learning Research Center at Purdue University. With a Ph.D. in educational studies, her focus is on research development in K-12 education. Dr. Kirkham has extensive experience implementing research programs that examine student efficacy, implementing data collection and analysis in the K-12 setting, and creating professional development for teachers that supports curriculum design.
Steven G. Klein directs RTI International’s Center for Career and Adult Education and Workforce Development. Dr. Klein specializes in the design of education accountability and finance systems, policy analysis and research, and the evaluation of state career education and pathways initiatives. He serves as principal investigator for the National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education and for RTI’s evaluation of the JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s New Skills for Youth initiative. Dr. Klein served for 10 years as a school board member of Riverdale School District in Portland, Oregon, and prior to joining RTI, taught high school math and science. He is currently learning how to metal inert gas (MIG) weld.
Debbie Mills currently serves as the director of the National Career Pathways Network. Mills is also a developer, writer, and subject matter expert (SME) for the Six Key Elements of Career Pathways Toolkit (2nd ed.). She has expertise in career pathways systems, curriculum development, staff development, linkages between secondary and postsecondary institutions, community engagement, and partnerships with business, industry and labor. Extensive expertise includes career pathways program review, assisting state and community colleges with strategic professional development plans for staff and faculty, building partnerships in communities, and development of adult career pathways projects. She is an SME for both the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor for career pathways.
Tracie Evans Reding is an educational leadership doctoral student in the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She is a graduate assistant in the Department of Teacher Education where she has served as a co-evaluator on multiple National Science Foundation-funded projects. Her professional background is as a high school science teacher for nine years. Her research focus is on using social network analysis and the networks and collaborations within STEM environments.
Dr. Manjari Wijenaike has been involved with the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program for over 20 years. She was on the founding team at the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET), the first ATE Center in information technology education ever funded by NSF. Manjari has also been the principal and co-principal investigator on several NSF ATE projects. An independent grant development and evaluation consultant since 2010, she works as an evaluator, mentor, and grant development expert in the ATE community. She currently serves on the external evaluation team for The Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education Using Virtual E-Schools (CA2VES) and a New-to-ATE grant project.
Blake Urbach is the Principal Consultant of Preferred Program Evaluations, a consulting firm offering specialized experience in the evaluation of educational initiatives. Blake is responsible for collaborating with public and private entities on the design and execution of program evaluations for the purpose of informing educational and social policy. Preferred Program Evaluations partners with colleges, school districts, and nonprofit organizations on the evaluation of projects funded to increase STEM scholarship and persistence, as well as behavioral intervention projects that employ a holistic approach to personal development. Blake provides technical assistance to nonprofits and presents nationally on the topic of community collaboration. Blake has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Department of Criminal Justice & Legal Studies at the University of Central Florida, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Public Administration at Valdosta State University.
Pamela Eddy is a professor in Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership at the College of William & Mary. Her research interests include community college leadership and development, organizational change and educational partnerships, gender roles in higher education, and faculty development. Eddy serves as a consultant for campuses, system offices, and on funded grants regarding strategies to support community college student success and to support leadership development. Eddy is the author of “Community College Leadership: A Multidimensional Model for Leading Change and Partnerships and Collaborations in Higher Education.”
Michael Yacci has been an active designer, developer, teacher, and user of computer-based instruction for over 30 years, as a consultant for business and industry and as a college faculty member. He has published numerous articles on instructional design, knowledge management, and interactivity. He currently serves as professor and senior associate dean of the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, at Rochester Institute of Technology, one of the largest and most comprehensive colleges of computing in the US.
Rachel Tripathy is a Research Associate for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd. She holds an M.A. in International Comparative Education and has extensive experience working on education projects in developing areas, with a focus on randomized trials and quantitative research methods. Her research interests include early grade literacy development, environmental education, and hands-on/discovery learning. Rachel has worked with Bay Area educators and researchers to design and implement studies examining the efficacy of hands-on environmental science and outdoor education programs, and continues to participate in research on interactive math and science curricula in her work at WestEd. Rachel also manages WestEd’s evaluation of the i3-funded Learning by Making curriculum, in partnership with Sonoma State University, where she designs and implements fidelity and efficacy measures, and contributes to reporting and dissemination.
Dr. Linlin Li is a Senior Research Associate for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd. Linlin is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator for several projects, including 1) Department of Education Investing in Innovation i3 funded evaluation of a science-driven computational-thinking integrated STEM intervention that improves mathematical and science proficiency for high-needs rural students, 2) (IES) Goal 3 efficacy study of a vocabulary intervention at elementary schools, and 3) evaluation and technical assistance to an elementary school district for their Race to the Top-District (RTTT-D) data systems and blended learning project. Linlin is also the senior methodologist and statistician on several federally funded projects. Linlin applies modern statistical techniques in practical settings, including psychometric analysis, multilevel analysis, longitudinal modeling, and relevant application in evaluation and research.
Dr. Erica Watson-Currie is a senior evaluator at SmartStart Evaluation & Research. She serves as lead evaluator on many federally funded educational projects: STEM-C projects at the University of California, Irvine, and Pace University in New York City; an IUSE project at University of California, Irvine in partnership with Irvine Valley College, Santa Ana College, and Saddleback College; ATE projects at Texas A & M University and Santa Ana College; and an S-STEM project at Santiago Canyon College. Dr. Watson-Currie has developed baseline and post-surveys, content-based evaluation instruments, and focus group protocols. She has conducted focus groups for film development and interviews to assess the development of effective collaboration strategies. She holds a doctorate from the University of Southern California in Communication with a focus on Research Methods, as well as a Master’s degree in Communication Management.