2019 Assessment Conference
Building a Flourishing Academic Community with Assessment
Sponsored by the Oﬃce of Academic Affairs
Friday, October 4, 2019
9 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 26 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.
220 Younkin Success Center
Many faculty members take on a role in program assessment as part of their departmental service. If you are new to assessment or want a refresher, join us for a brief session on the basic process and vocabulary.
|8:30 a.m.||Check-in and coffee||Great Hall Art Gallery|
|9 a.m.||Welcome and Opening Remarks
W. Randy Smith, vice provost for academic programs
Michael V. Drake, university president
|9:20 a.m.||Institution-Wide Reporting and Data-Driven Improvement: Implications and Ideas for Academic Programs
Gary Kennedy, senior associate director of research, Office of Enrollment Services
Shanna Jaggars, assistant vice provost of research and program assessment, Office of Student Academic Success
|10:30 a.m.||Concurrent breakout sessions||Breakout Rooms|
|11:30 a.m.||Concurrent breakout sessions||Breakout Rooms|
|12:20 p.m.||Lunch begins||Performance Hall|
|12:30 p.m.||Closing Plenary
Jonathan Baker, associate director for instructional advancement, University Institute for Teaching and Learning
Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, associate director for operations and strategic partnerships, University Institute for Teaching and Learning
Jonathan Baker, associate director for instructional advancement
Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, associate director for operations and strategic partnerships
University Institute for Teaching and Learning
University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL) Associate Directors Jonathan Baker and Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo will present on the current status of the multi-level UITL Teaching Support Program (TSP), launched in the autumn 2018. Data collected as part of the TSP provides a snapshot of institution-wide instructional approach implementation, as well as insight into the pedagogical topics of most interest and value to faculty groups, departments, programs, and colleges. The program also promotes assessment of evidence-based practices deployed in diverse learning contexts across the university.
- Jonathan Baker
Jonathan Baker was Assistant Professor in the Columbus State Community College Mathematics Department for a decade. He spent his ﬁnal seven years there as chairperson where he provided sustained professional development opportunities for over 150 instructors. Dr. Baker currently assists the Department of Statistics in administrative matters and coordinates two courses. He is UITL’s most recently appointed faculty fellow and brieﬂy led the unit during a short transition period . Dr. Baker developed his department’s ﬁrst online course, conducted college-wide presentations in formative assessment, and has worked with the University’s Advocates & Allies program, and ODI’s Young Scholars Program.
- Caroline Breitenberger
Caroline Breitenberger is a Professor in Chemistry and Biochemistry and Director of the Center for Life Sciences Education. She earned a BS in Chemistry from Ohio University, a PhD in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She was awarded OSU’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995 and the President and Provost’s Award for Distinguished Faculty Service in 2016. She is currently a fellow with PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education), a nationwide effort to reform biology education at the department level.
- Ann D. Christy
Dr. Ann D. Christy is a professor of Engineering Education; professor of Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering; and assistant dean for Teaching and Learning in the College of Engineering at the Ohio State University. She is a registered professional engineer and has won multiple teaching awards at the college, university, and national levels. She is a program evaluator for the ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission and a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.
- Deborah M. Grzybowski
Deborah M. Grzybowski is an Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She has been involved with developing and accessing curriculum for nearly 20 years. Her research focuses on making engineering accessible for all, including persons with disabilities and underrepresented students, through innovative curriculum, assessment, and professional development. Infusing and assessing entrepreneurial-minded learning into the first-year curriculum and developing a new undergraduate major in Game Studies and Esports at Ohio State has been her focus for the past year.
- Kay Halasek
Kay Halasek was named inaugural director of the University Institute for Teaching and Learning in 2016. She also holds an appointment as associate professor of English. As director of the Institute, Halasek leads enterprise initiatives in instructional support for faculty and graduate students and research on and policy development related to teaching and learning. Among her accomplishments is the development of the UITL teaching endorsements, a series of professional learning opportunities specifically designed to support a career-long learning pathways for all teachers at the University. The UITL teaching endorsements were created by and in partnership with the Office of Distance Education and eLearning, University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and University Libraries.
- Elena Irwin
Elena Irwin is faculty director of the Sustainability Institute and a professor of environmental economics in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics.
A compelling advocate and energetic spokesperson for SI and sustainability at Ohio State, Elena develops and nurtures SI’s academic activities including interdisciplinary research programs and sustainability curriculum development across natural, physical and social sciences, engineering, public health, planning and policy, and the humanities. She leads the overall strategic direction, including cultivating campus-wide collaborative research and curriculum development efforts, partnering with academic units to recruit and mentor Discovery Themes faculty, and working with other faculty and staff leaders to develop partnerships with stakeholders and extramural funding opportunities.
Her research addresses the sustainability of human-natural systems at local and regional scales, with a focus on land use, ecosystem services and integrated models of land-water systems. She has been principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI on multiple research projects totaling over $17 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as private foundations. She is a member of the U.S. EPA Board of Scientific Councilors Sub-Committee for Sustainable and Healthy Communities and co-author of a 2018 report from NSF entitled “Sustainable Urban Systems: Articulating a Long-Term Convergence Research Agenda.” She is a past elected board member of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the North American Regional Science Council and a member of the National Research Council’s committee on land change modeling. Her research projects include development of a dynamic model of food, energy and water systems for the Great Lakes regional economy; resilient land use and management systems under a changing climate; and urbanization patterns and impacts of land use change on water quality and ecosystem services.
She earned an undergraduate degree in German and history from Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD in agricultural and resource economics from the University of Maryland.
She is the past recipient of a Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America and the North American Regional Science Council’s Hewings Award for distinguished young scholars in regional science. She was recognized in 2015 with an Educator Award from the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture association.
- Shanna Jaggars
Shanna Smith Jaggars is Assistant Vice Provost of Research and Program Assessment for Ohio State's Office of Student Academic Success, where her research focuses on university programs, services, and policies which aim to improve student success. She also co-chairs Ohio State’s local steering committee for the American Talent Initiative, a national initiative funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies which aims to enroll and graduate 50,000 additional low- and moderate-income students by 2025; and co-leads Ohio State’s Joyce Foundation-funded initiative to improve regional campus-change and community college transfer student success. Prior to joining Ohio State, Dr. Jaggars was Assistant Director of the Community College Research Center at Columbia University. Dr. Jaggars has published extensively on student success topics in academic journals and policy briefs, as well as in her 2015 Harvard Press book Redesigning America's Community Colleges. Her research has directly impacted higher education policy and practice at community colleges across the country, particularly in the areas of developmental coursework, online coursework, curricular design, and student support services.
- Teresa A. Johnson
Teresa A. Johnson is an assistant director and the Coordinator for Assessment and Curriculum Design at UITL. She earned a doctorate in Microbial Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has taught in the sciences at Butler University and at the College of Wooster. Her pedagogical research has focused on classroom assessment techniques and impacts of prior knowledge on student learning in the sciences. Her current interests are course and curriculum design, articulation of learning outcomes, and evaluation of teaching strategies.
- John H. Johnson Jr.
John H. Johnson Jr. earned a B.S. in applied mathematics from Texas A&M University in 2005 and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Howard University 2011. Dr. Johnson started as a postdoc in the Ohio State University Mathematics Department as a Ross Assistant Professor from 2012 until 2015. Currently, he is a Program Specialist and Assistant Professor in the Department.
Dr. Johnson's teaching interest is in using active learning and forming mathematical learning communities to promote and cultivate an environment which improves students’ ability to construct, organize, and demonstrate their knowledge of mathematics, and his research interest is on the interplay between the algebraic structure of the Stone-Čech compactification, dynamics, and combinatorics related to Ramsey theory.
- Gary Kennedy
Gary Kennedy is Senior Associate Director for Research in The Oﬃce of Student Academic Success, Analysis and Reporting. He is responsible for the design, development and application of statistical models to inform and understand the processes of undergraduate recruitment, admission, retention, and graduation. Prior research includes the assessment of a program designed to retain major-changers (with Virginia Gordon and George Steele) and a course offered by the Dennis Learning Center (with the founder of the program, Bruce Tuckman). His interest as an education psychologist is adolescent learning and motivation and has done work looking at the impact of motivational, self-regulatory, social, and emotional aspects of college student performance during their ﬁrst term of enrollment.
- Darla Munroe
Darla Munroe‘s background is in land economics and human geography, with a focus on human-environment interactions at a landscape level. She studies how changes in land-use systems, such as urban conversion or shifts in agricultural production patterns, affect forests and forest characteristics. She is fascinated by land markets because they both reﬂect and direct land-use change. Within this framework, she also studies the role of land institutions such as protected areas in enhancing and maintaining forest cover, as well as the role of conservation in shaping ongoing patterns of land conversion.
- Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo
As associate director of the University Institute for Teaching and Learning (UITL), Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, PhD, supports the future growth, stability and productivity of the UITL to ensure that the institute delivers on its mission to promote and support the culture of teaching excellence. Her responsibilities range from administration and daily operations to instructional support, policy creation and initiative management. She is charged with contributing to and promoting the inquiry and scholarship mission of the institute. Dr. Rhodes-DiSalvo also serves as a liaison for government affairs. Dr. Rhodes-DiSalvo joined UITL from the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Teaching & Learning and brings with her a background in curriculum design, strategic planning and program development, eLearning and instructional design, assessment and evaluation, and promoting evidence-based instructional approaches, as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
- Stephanie Rohdieck
Stephanie Rohdieck is Associate Director of Community Engagement for UITL and has been with that unit and its predecessors since 1999. She is also a senior lecturer in Educational Studies at Ohio State. She is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree in social work administration and earned her B.A. in psychology and women’s studies. Her current areas of interest are supporting new faculty, teaching in the clinical setting, course design, and training new educational developers.
- Dan Seward
Dan Seward teaches undergraduate courses in writing and rhetoric, including lower-division composition, as well as technical, business and professional writing courses. Dan’s other activities include supporting the department’s writing program administration. He has presented on writing program assessment, online writing pedagogy and basic writing at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and at the Council of Writing Program Administrators. His publications in Composition include the Scott, Foresman Writer (with John Ruszkiewicz, Maxine Hairston and Christy Friend) and contributions to the Bedford Bibliography of Research in Online Writing Instruction.
- Jackie Stotlar
Jackie Stotlar is the Academic Program Coordinator for the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Jackie returned to WGSS in 2015 after receiving her MA from the Department in 2013. Her areas of interest during her study were LBGTQ identity formation in the Christian right, Ex-gay movements, and the intersections of feminism and business. Jackie has enthusiasm for instructional design, project management, and videography from her experience as a custom corporate training developer. As Academic Program Coordinator, Jackie serves as the liaison between WGSS graduate students and the Graduate School, coordinates course scheduling, and assist faculty with new course development.