Ann Martin

Project Manager/Evaluator, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Ann Martin is a program evaluator and project manager located in Buffalo, NY, working for Oak Ridge Associated Universities. She has focused on STEM education and outreach projects for over 13 years and became an evaluator in 2011. She’s particularly interested in astronomy, space science, earth science interventions, authentic experiences for students and educators, and the use of social network analysis in STEM evaluations. Ann has been active in the American Evaluation Association STEM Education and Training Topical Interest Group since its founding, previously serving as the webmaster for 2.5 years and currently serving as the incoming chair.


Posted on February 7, 2019 by  in Opportunities

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STEM Education and Workforce Training Topical Interest Group

Be A Part of Evaluation 2019

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) is now accepting proposal submissions for Evaluation 2019. AEA’s annual conference, with the 2019 theme Paths to the Future of Evaluation, is November 13-16, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We invite you to submit a proposal, even if you are unfamiliar with AEA.

The STEM Education and Workforce Training Topical Interest Group (TIG) of the American Evaluation Association invites STEM educators, researchers, and evaluators to submit proposals. Since its founding in 2012, the STEM TIG serves as a welcoming professional home for evaluators, researchers, and other stakeholders in STEM-related fields; we offer you our support in developing your proposal. The AEA call for proposals comprises all presentation types.

This is a great opportunity to present your work, research, or best practices to a global audience of more than 3,000 colleagues, and to connect with a thriving group of other STEM evaluation professionals. All submissions are due Monday, March 18.

Submit a Proposal

Submission deadline is March 18


Paths to the Future

At Evaluation 2019, we will invite you to engage and discuss our rich experience and the contributions of evaluation, our strategies for leadership, and our actions for renewal in the following four areas:

  1. Addressing the key issues our society faces
  2. Applying and innovating methods and practices to evaluate in the context of important societal challenges
  3. Leaving no one behind
  4. Leading through evaluation

Given the focus on leading, AEA President Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas encourages all who submit proposals to think creatively about the future our organization will build. Learn more about the 2019 theme.

STEM TIG’s Theme-Related Interests

Our TIG is particularly interested in strategies for STEM education leadership evaluating innovative STEM programs, culturally competent methods in evaluation, and evaluation of “K to gray” STEM initiatives (including workforce development).

We encourage you to submit proposals related to these or other areas that discuss, share, and push forward the field and practice of STEM evaluation. Several AEA session types are submitted as intact proposals, with all presenters listed as collaborators. It may be helpful for you to connect with other STEM evaluators to propose a broader, more impactful session that approaches your topic from multiple perspectives. If you are interested in opportunities to develop a collaborative proposal with members of the STEM TIG, start here.

Types of Presentations

We are looking for a dynamic variety of presentations to meet the diverse needs of AEA members. Presentation types include panel discussions, expert lectures, roundtables, skill building workshops, ignite sessions, birds of a feather gatherings, and a new flexible session type that allows for new dynamic and experiential learning. We encourage you to think creatively about your presentations, their design, and format to provide attendees with the best experience. Please choose the presentation type that best fits your material and utilizes your content in the greatest way. Skill-building workshops, panel discussions, demonstrations, and expert lectures continue to be the most popular session types at the annual conference.

How to Submit

Visit the AEA website to get started. You must be logged into your AEA account to submit a proposal. If you do not have an account, you must become a member, create a non-member account, or create a student non-member account. Please ensure your member profile is up-to-date with your proper title and organization before you submit your proposal. If you have any questions or need assistance in submitting your proposal, feel free to contact AEA’s education team members directly at or 202-367-1166.

Want to Collaborate in Developing Your Proposal? Join our Telecon

STEM TIG Ideas and Collaboration for Proposed AEA 2019 Sessions

Two opportunities:

Tuesday, February 19 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST.

or Thursday, February 21 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST.

Call-in info: 866-880-0098,   Access code: 4657232#

You have two opportunities to join a telecon for STEM TIG members and associates to develop ideas and collaborative proposal sessions for AEA 2019. Come with your ideas, your interests, and any questions! We will track ideas and contact information in this document – feel free to reach out to others with your ideas.

If you have any questions or need assistance in submitting your proposal, please view the Proposal FAQ or contact our TIG Program Chair Kathy Haynie at and our TIG Chair Ann Martin at

Blog: A Professional Home for Evaluators in the STEM Education and Training TIG of the American Evaluation Association

Posted on October 17, 2018 by , , in Blog ()
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Ann Martin

Project Manager and Evaluator, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Erin Burr

Section Manager of Assessment and Evaluation, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Kimberle Kelly

Project Manager and Senior Evaluator, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) community is home to many researchers and evaluators, and today, we would like to invite this community to another professional home! We’re Ann Martin, Erin Burr, and Kimberle Kelly, all from Oak Ridge Associated Universities. We’re all also closely involved with the American Evaluation Association (AEA), and specifically involved with a topical interest group (TIG) within AEA dedicated to the evaluation of STEM education and workforce development initiatives. The STEM Education and Training TIG has been a welcoming professional home for evaluators in STEM-related fields since its founding in 2012.

The TIG promotes and organizes the STEM program track at the AEA annual conference each year. One of the TIG’s most substantial projects has been the development and prototyping of a repository of STEM-relevant evaluation resources, a project initiated several years ago.

In the past year, we’ve been working with the Computer Science Impact Network (CSIN), which grew out of an effort at Google and is now a community of over 50 evaluators working in the field of computer science education and training. CSIN has been an active partner with the TIG in designing the repository and has contributed resources related to their CS interests.

The TIG’s role within AEA helps us draw from and connect to the broader STEM evaluation community to include all relevant disciplines. Our goal is to consolidate the knowledge that lives in professional networks of STEM evaluators and to help other evaluators find comprehensive resources like the EvaluATE Library or the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education’s (CAISE) InformalScience, as well as specific tools, like our colleague Kathy Haynie’s Student Computer Science Attitude Survey. By working together across networks, we can strengthen our professional practice and increase access to high-quality STEM evaluation resources. We would especially welcome additions from the ATE evaluation network. Check out our prototype repository, and use our input form to submit resources that you’ve created or that you’ve found valuable in your own work.

If you are attending this year’s AEA conference in Cleveland (October 31 – November 3), we hope that you will come find us and attend TIG events! Join us at the STEM TIG’s networking reception on Thursday, November 1, from 6:45-7:30 p.m. (Convention Center Exhibit Level Foyer 10-15, with other TIGs in joint reception group 3). We’ll also host the TIG’s annual business meeting, which is a great opportunity to learn more about us and get involved. The TIG business meeting will take place Thursday, November 1, from 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. at the Hilton – Hope Ballroom C. Check out all of the TIG’s conference offerings on the conference website by searching the online program for the STEM Education and Training track.

During the conference, we’ll also assemble the TIG’s leadership team for 2019. While membership in AEA is required to serve as a TIG chair, program chair, or webmaster, our executive board also works on a variety of special projects—from communications to social  media to the development of the resource repository—that are open to all. We’d like to extend a special invitation to the EvaluATE community to consider getting involved!

If you won’t be attending AEA or aren’t a member of the association, we would love to hear from you. Reach out to Ann Martin at, or sign up for our e-list, which delivers periodic information.