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November 8, 2013

Education faculty present at AEA conference

Submitted by Patrice Scott

The College of Education made an impressive showing at the recent American Evaluation Association meeting in Washington, D.C. Five faculty and staff presented papers and provided leadership for the organization in a variety of ways. 

Linda Thurston, professor and associate dean for research and external funding, presented on a panel with former colleagues and principal investigators at the National Science Foundation. Her paper was "Packaging your proposed evaluation plan for non-evaluators." Thurston also served as co-chair and newsletter editor of the Disabilities and Other Vulnerable Populations Topical Interest Group, or TIG, and webmaster of the Feminist Issues in Evaluation TIG.  

Several members from the office of educational innovation and evaluation were also part of the conference. They were Jan Middendorf, director; Cindy Shuman, associate director; Wendi Stark, evaluation projects coordinator; and Valerie York, research associate/evaluator. These colleagues presented “A synthesis project utilizing citation analysis to document a decade of program impact.” Middendorf, Shuman and York also presented “Developing a shared understanding of broadening participation research.”

Middendorf provided leadership in the International and Cross-cultural Evaluation TIG and will serve as its program chair next year. Shuman is program chair for the Evaluation Managers and Supervisors TIG.