Pat Barlow, PhD
Patrick Barlow earned his PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in May 2014. He currently is an Assistant Professor at The Office of Consultation & Research in Medical Education (OCRME) at The University of Iowa. He previously worked as a Statistical and Research Design Consultant for the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Patrick’s primary research areas are in higher education assessment, specifically in graduate medical education (GME) settings as well as teaching statistics and research methods in the social sciences, epidemiology, and clinical medical fields.
Pamela Bishop, PhD
Pamela Bishop earned her PhD in Education Psychology and Research (Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement concentration) in 2012. Pamela has a BS in Plant Sciences and an M.S. in Entomology and Plant Pathology. She is currently the Evaluation Manager with the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, where she evaluates interdisciplinary science education and research programs. Bishop also conducts research on the collaboration practices and productivity of interdisciplinary teams of scientists.
Jason Black, PhD
Jason Black was awarded a PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in August 2012. He also has a master’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island. Jason is currently a Senior Administrator in the Accountability, Research, and Assessment Office for Orange County Public Schools. He previously was an Evaluator for the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation at Kansas State University. Some of his research interests include: alcohol and drug prevention research, programming, and the evaluation of prevention programs. Jason is also interested in teaching quantitative research methods and psychology of substance use.
Erin Burr, PhD
Erin Burr was awarded a PhD in Evaluation and Assessment in May 2009. She focused her dissertation on the issue of evaluation use in the Department of Education’s GEAR-UP Program. She currently serves as an Evaluation Specialist IV at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education (ORISE) working on program evaluations of math and science education programs that include K-12 students and teachers; university students and faculty; and PhD-level researchers.
Ann’s research interests include evaluation of domestic violence programs, community/non-profit organizations and K-12 programs. She currently works as a Senior Administrator in the Program Evaluation Department for Orange County Public Schools located in Orlando, Florida. Ann is on track to defend her dissertation, entitled Mixed-Method Evaluation of the Family Justice Center Model: A National, Cross-Sectional Study, in the Spring of 2015.
Shannon Coulter, PhD
Shannon Coulter earned his PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (Evaluation and Assessment concentration). He currently works at the San Diego County Office of Education as a coordinator in the assessment and accountability office. In terms of research, he investigates levels of program implementation and its relation to program outcomes and assessments for organizational effectiveness.
Brittany also has a master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Northern Kentucky University. Some of her primary research interests include higher education assessment, The First-Year Experience, measurement theory, technical education, and sense of belonging in college students. She is currently a graduate research assistant in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment and the Institute for Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Tennessee. Brittany is currently working on her dissertation focused on student services in technical education institutions.
Joseph L. Donaldson, PhD
Joseph L. Donaldson was awarded a PhD in Evaluation and Assessment in December 2011. He also earned a BS, in Agricultural and Extension Education, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a MS, Agricultural Education, from The Pennsylvania State University. His current projects include Co-Chairing a statewide strategic planning effort for UT Extension and researching the Extension Agent performance appraisal system.
Shelley Esquivel, PhD
Shelly Esquivel earned her PhD in Educational Psychology and Research (Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement concentration) in 2010. She currently is the Director of Institutional Research at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN.
Sam Held, PhD
Sam has a BS in Physics from the University of Rochester, MS in physics from the University of Tennessee, and MS in Science Education from the University of Tennessee. Sam’s interests revolve around science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and the STEM workforce. He is the lead evaluator at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
Jenny Holcombe, PhD
Jenny Holcombe earned her PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in December 2012. She has a BS in Psychology and an MS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is currently a faculty member in the School of Nursing at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she teaches undergraduate research and graduate research, statistics, evidence-based practice, and epidemiology. Her current research is focused on graduate school selection instruments including interviews and measures of judgment, factors related to long-term allergen immunotherapy adherence, and relationships between religion/spirituality and end-of-life decision-making.
Susanne Kaesbauer, PhD
Susanne Kaesbauer completed her doctoral degree in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in May 2012. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with departmental honors from Old Dominion University in 2008. Susanne’s dissertation research focused on the teaching of evaluator competencies to novice evaluators enrolled in doctoral programs. Susanne is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Picker Institute in Oxford, England. She formerly was an Evaluator at the Office of Educational Innovation and Evaluation at Kansas State University.
Wenshu also has a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Miami University, Oxford. Her primary research interests include evaluation and assessment in Engineering Education in both K-12 and college setting. She is now a graduate research assistant of Engineering Fundamental Division at the University of Tennessee.
Sherry Marlow Ormsby
Sherry earned her BA in Social Science from Washington State University and an MPA from University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Her research interests include higher education assessment, student engagement and completion. She currently works as the Director of Measurement and Evaluation in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Institutional Research (OPEIR) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Niranji A. Pathirage
Niranji also earned her BSc (Honors) Degree in Statistics at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. She recently finished her MS in Statistics at the University of Tennessee. Her primary research interests include statistics education, program evaluation, and educational assessment. She is also interested in teaching statistics and research methods. Niranji works as the Research and Evaluation Specialist of the University of Tennessee FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program. She also works as a Graduate Research Assistant for the ESM Program Research Lab, and currently works as the Teaching Assistant for Statistics in Applied Fields II course. Niranji is currently working on her dissertation focused on developing a scale to assess undergraduate students’ self-efficacy in applying statistics.
Carol Price, PhD
Carol Price was awarded a PhD in Education, concentration Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, in December 2010. She also has a Master of Science degree in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee. Carol currently works with the Institute for Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Tennessee on a variety of evaluation projects and as an independent consultant providing research support for local professionals and nonprofit organizations. In addition, she facilitates the learning engagement in an innovative MS in Adult Education and Training online self-paced, self-directed degree program at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Research interests remain focused on the value of nature pursued through the newly created nonprofit organization LuNA, offering local support for nature and animals.
Jennifer Richards, PhD
Jennifer Richards completed her doctoral degree in Curriculum, Research, and Evaluation at the University of Tennessee in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Miami University. Jennifer currently directs Hands On: Real World Lessons for Middle School Classrooms, a multi-state food safety education research program housed in the Department of Food Science & Technology at UT. Her research interests include teacher professional development, interdisciplinary curriculum and instruction, and psychological constructs of behavior change.
Tiffany Smith, PhD
Tiffany Smith earned her PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in August 2014. Tiffany is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Stout where she teaches subjects such as research methodology and evaluation to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her primary research interests include stakeholder communication and involvement as well as reflective practice in evaluation.
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Amy Sullins, PhD
Amy Sullins earned her PhD in Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Research, and Evaluation in 2010. She currently is an Associate Professor of Education at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN. She is also a member of the Athens City School Board.
Lakmal earned her PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in December 2016. He has a Bachelor’s degree in statistics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is currently a Graduate Research Assistant in the Educational Psychology and Counseling department. His primary research interests include statistics education, evaluation of programs for international students, and large scale assessment. He currently works as a Research Analyst at the Division of Health Care Finance at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Thelma Woodard, PhD
Thelma Woodard earned her PhD in Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement in December 2012. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech communication at the University of Texas at the Permian Basin, a master’s in communication studies at Texas Tech University and a master’s of public administration at City University New York. She works as an Associate Director, Institutional Research, Planning, Assessment & Effectiveness at Wiley College in Marshall, TX. She previously was a Senior Analyst at the Office of Research and Institutional Effectiveness for the Lone Stare College System in Houston, TX.