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Louis Rocconi

Louis Rocconi, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biography

Louis Rocconi is an Assistant Professor in the Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement program. His research interests focus on college student learning and development, particularly how disciplinary cultures impact student development, students’ use of quantitative reasoning activities, and methodological issues in educational research. Prior to joining UT, Louis worked as an assistant research scientist at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research where he provided data analytic support to several large survey research projects including the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Law School Survey of Student Engagement. Louis enjoys spending time with his wife and newborn daughter.


Research

  • College student learning & development
  • Impact of disciplinary cultures on student development
  • Student engagement
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Methodological issues in educational research

Education

  • PhD, Educational Psychology and Research, University of Memphis, 2010
  • BS, Mathematics, Delta State University, 2005
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Publications

Zilvinskis, J., & Rocconi, L. M. (2018). Revisiting the Relationship between Institutional Rank and Student Engagement. Review of Higher  Education.

Zilvinskis, J., & Rocconi, L. M. (2016). Utilizing survey research and multilevel modeling to explore the relationship between institutional rank and student engagement. SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Taylor, A.N., Christensen, C. & Rocconi, L. M. (2016). How a decade of debt changed the law school experience (LSSSE Annual Results 2015). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research.

Rocconi, L. M., Ribera, A., & Nelson Laird, T. (2015). College seniors’ plans for graduate school: Do deep approaches to learning and Holland academic environments matter? Research in Higher Education, 56(2), 178-201. [Winner of the 2014 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award from the Association for Institutional Research]

Dumford, A., & Rocconi, L. M. (2015). Development of the quantitative reasoning items on the National Survey of Student Engagement. Numeracy, 8(1), Article 5.

Silver, C., & Rocconi, L. M. (2015). Learning from and about the numbers. Journal of Legal Metrics, 4(1), 53-84.


Presentations

Gonyea, R., Cole, J., & Rocconi, L. M. (2016, May). Direct and indirect effects of engagement on grades. Accepted for presentation at the 2016 Association for Institutional Research in New Orleans, LA.

Dumford, A., Kinzie, K., McCormick, A., Nelson Laird, T., Rocconi, L. M. (2015, November). Reforming STEM education: Examining change by discipline. Paper presented at the 2015 Association of American Colleges & Universities Transforming STEM Education Conference in Seattle, WA.

Miller, A., Rocconi, L. M. , & Dumford, A. (2015, November). Focusing on the finish line: Doesnhigh-impact practice participation influence career plans and job attainment? Paper presented at the 2015 Association for the Study of Higher Education Conference in Denver, CO.

Rocconi, L. M., & Gonyea, R. (2015, June). Moving beyond statistical significance: Using effect sizes in NSSE. Webinar recorded June 23, 2015 available http://nsse.indiana.edu/webinars/

Rocconi, L. M., & Gonyea, R. (2015, May). Contextualizing student engagement effect sizes: An empirical analysis. Paper presentation at the Association for Institutional Research Conference in Denver, CO.

Zilvinskis, J., & Rocconi, L. M. (2015, April). Revisiting the relationship between institutional rank and student engagement. Paper presented at the 2015 American Educational Research Association Conference (Division J) in Chicago, IL.

Christensen, C., Rocconi, L. M., & Taylor, A. (2015, April). Beginning the conversation: First- generation law students. Paper presented at the 2015 American Educational Research Association Conference (Division I) in Chicago, IL.

Cole, J., & Rocconi, L. M. (2015, April). Using BCSSE and NSSE to help retention efforts. Presentation at the 2015 NSSE User Workshop: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

Rocconi, L. M., & BrckaLorenz, A. (2015, April). Approaches to longitudinal analysis. Presentation at the 2015 NSSE User Workshop: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

Gonyea, R. M., & Rocconi, L. M. (2015, April). Opening session – Designed for veteran NSSE users. Presentation at the 2015 NSSE User Workshop: Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.

Rocconi, L. M., & Gonyea, R. (2015, March). Contextualizing student engagement effect sizes: An empirical analysis. Paper presentation at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

Dumford, A. D., Kinzie, J., McCormick, A. C., Nelson Laird, T. F., & Rocconi, L. M. (2015, January).Reforming STEM education: Examining change by discipline. AAC&U 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, D. C.

Louis Rocconi

Contact Information

  • 508 Bailey Education Complex, 1126 Volunteer Blvd.
  • Phone: 865-974-5479
  • E-mail: lrocconi@utk.edu