Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement PhD


Extraordinary Professional Promise
Honors awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.

Isabel C. FarrellIsabel Farrell
Counselor Education ’18

“I am honored to have been awarded the Extraordinary Professional Promise among outstanding students across disciplines. I am beyond grateful for the Counselor Education faculty who has always believed in me and fostered my development. I will greatly miss UT.”


Research & Creative Achievement
Bestowed to senior faculty in recognition of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative achievement.

Melinda GibbonsMelinda Gibbons
Professor & Program Coordinator of Counselor Education

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized for my research and outreach activities. I am also happy to have the opportunity for others to learn about the need for this type of engaged scholarship.”


Extraordinary Professional Promise
Honors awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.

Katie Graham, School CounselingKatie Graham
MS Student in School Counseling

“I felt extremely honored to have been considered for this award. ”

 

 


Extraordinary Campus Leadership & Service
Recognizes graduating students who are extraordinary campus leaders for their significant service to others.

Sarah Nadel, ESMSarah A. Nadel
PhD Candidate in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement (ESM)

“I am so honored to have not only been nominated, but to have also been one of the recipients of the award. I am so grateful for the nomination by Jennifer Ann Morrow, associate professor, and for all the support and opportunities I have received from her and all the ESM faculty throughout my time at UT. I am utterly humbled and appreciative for this award and for every opportunity I have had while in the ESM program at UT.”

 



EPC Facebook page.

Karen Elizabeth Brinkley
Graduate Certificate in Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Ann Marie Cisney-Booth
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Jaya Lyn Cookston
MS in Education – Instructional Technology
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning

Courtney Brooke Davis
MS in Counseling – School Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Whitney Suzanne Denton
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

Nina Marie Ditommaso
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Ellyn Kelly Domanico
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lauren Ridley Fraser
MS in Counseling – School Counseling
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Erin Rochelle Garty
MS in Education – Instructional Technology
Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching & Learning

Marta Magdalena Goebel-Pietrasz
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Tiffany Hattley
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Kendall Bree Hauck
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Brittany Susan Hill
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Peter Lawrence Ignacio
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Caroline Marie Jaquett
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Savannah Rachel Ladage
MS in Counseling – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Emily Earlynn Lauer
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Rebekah Grace Livingston
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Sondra Marie LoRe
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Sherry Ann Marlow Ormsby
PhD in Educational Psychology and Research – Evaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Sarah Ellen McMurray
MS in Educational Psychology – Adult Education

James Ray Michel
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

Maya Mingo
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Jonah Lee Ruddy
Graduate Certificate in Grief, Loss & Trauma

Terilyn Chiemi Shigeno
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Research Methods in Education

Kala Lane Taylor
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Victoria Gail Vanmarren
MS in Educational Psychology – Applied Educational Psychology

Elizabeth Morgan Zeller
MS in Counseling – School Counseling

*If you are one of the graduates listed above and would like to have your photo added to our EPC Graduates Facebook album, then please email your picture to Synthia Clark sclark41@utk.edu.

**If you were an Educational Psychology and Counseling student who graduated during this time frame, yet have unintentionally been omitted from this list, please send your name, degree, and major/concentration to Synthia Clark sclark41@utk.edu. We will add you to the list after receiving this information from you and confirming your graduation status.


Alumni Spotlight: Erin Mehalic BurrEvaluation, Statistics & Measurement

Erin earned a PhD in educational psychology and research with a concentration in evaluation and assessment (now known as the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program) in 2009. She is originally from Surry, VA and currently lives in Knoxville, TN. We asked her to reflect on past experiences with EPC and discuss where she’s at now. Read her responses below.

Current Occupation

Senior Evaluator & Section Manager of Assessment & Evaluation (A&E)
Scientific Assessment & Workforce Development (SAWD)
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Ridge, TN

I manage the SAWD A&E team at ORAU. My team evaluates STEM education and workforce development programs for the US Department of Energy, other US government agencies, and ORAU that target K-12 students and teachers; university students and faculty; and PhD-level researchers. Our focus has been on evaluating federally funded programs at national laboratories and universities.

Awards and Accomplishments Earned as a Student
  • Lots of travel grants to attend professional conferences to give presentations. (2004-2009)
Accomplishments since Graduating

My greatest accomplishment was the opportunity to develop my own evaluation team, the Assessment and Evaluation group at ORAU. I started at ORAU in 2009 as a postdoctoral fellow in evaluation, and was hired as a full-time employee in 2011. Since then, I have grown our STEM Workforce Development (WD) evaluation portfolio to include a diverse set of approximately 30 evaluation projects. Projects in our portfolio include annual evaluations of STEM WD programs and program portfolios at national laboratories and other federal agencies, longitudinal evaluations of portfolios of STEM WD programs for national laboratories and federal agencies, external evaluations of NSF and NIH grants awarded to Principal Investigators at universities, evaluations of processes for federal agencies, and evaluations of support services at national laboratories. Now, I manage a team of 5 full-time employees that I absolutely love. I am likely to hire a few more people in the near future as business continues to grow.

Other highlighted accomplishments include:

  • One project that I am particularly proud of is the evaluation I designed and implemented for the portfolio of STEM workforce development programs at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. This evaluation was selected as an exemplary evaluation by the STEM Education & Training Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association. Later, I have became the Chair of that Topical Interest Group and have had the opportunity to take a greater leadership role in STEM workforce development evaluation outside of ORAU.
  • This past year, in the 70th anniversary edition of the ORAU annual report, I was recognized as a thought leader in our organization.
Personal Interests

Spending time with family, going on vacations to the beach, and relaxing on my screened-in porch.

Causes I support:

  • Protecting the environment, nature conservation, and protecting wildlife – I grew up next to a state park.
  • Mental health – I have personal experience struggling with mental health and have worked hard to be successful despite my challenges. I strive to impress upon others that mental health is not something to be ashamed of or for others to judge. We need to support people with mental health challenges, because with the right support systems, they can do amazing things.
  • People with disabilities – my daughter has a rare chromosome disorder that has presented her with many challenges, yet she is the happiest little girl despite it all. She inspires me. Before I had kids and my hobbies didn’t pose a safety risk to them, I enjoyed wood carving and making jewelry.
What was a memorable experience during your time here?

I had never attended a university with a football team before – UT is quite the place to land for a first-time university football experience. Sooo much fun!

What would you tell an incoming/current student in the program/department?

Make sure you develop strong project management skills along with evaluation skills. The larger, more complex a program is, the more relevant they are to your success. Project management is very important for many evaluation positions. Even if someone else is serving in the project manager role on an evaluation you are conducting, understanding all that project management involves will make you a better team member.

Did you end up where you thought you would?

No – I thought I would have to go to Washington DC, but I got a great job doing what I love in Oak Ridge, TN.


“I see the fields of evaluation, statistics, and measurement being more important than ever and anticipate that there will continue to be plenty of job opportunities for our graduates as a result.”

Educational Psychology & Counseling Department
College of Education, Health & Human Sciences

535 Bailey Education Complex
1122 Volunteer Boulevard
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
Phone: 865-974-8145 Fax: 865-974-0135