Dr. Erica EckertAssistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation 507E White Hall
Area: DEAN - EVALeeckert@kent.edu
Erica Eckert is Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation and an Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Health and Human Services at Kent State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration at Kent State University. Erica's dissertation was peer-reviewed by APPA's (The Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers) Center for Facilities Research (CFaR) and was recognized at the 2012 APPA Annual Conference. Her experience is primarily in assessment, reporting, ERP systems, technology, survey development and data analysis, and admissions operations. She is interested in exploring job satisfaction of entry and mid-level student affairs professionals, assessment in higher education, technology in higher education, and the outdoor physical campus environment. Erica is a member of the Association for Institutional Research, NASPA, ACPA, OCPA, and the Society for College and University Planning.
Dr. Shawn FitzgeraldDirector/Associate Professor 300k White Hall
Area: FLA - EVALsmfitzge@kent.edu
Shawn earned his PhD from “THE” University of Toledo in 1997 majoring in educational research, statistics, measurement, and program evaluation with an educational psychology minor. Shawn is the director/chair of the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration and is an Associate Professor and former coordinator of the Evaluation and Measurement program. He has 38 professional publications in peer reviewed journal, has made over 50 presentations at national and international conferences, and has authored 31 program evaluations in the field of education. Shawn’s technical areas of interest include meta-analysis, logistic regression, as well as educational assessment and program evaluation. His collaborative research efforts have resulted in numerous publications that span many different fields of study in education and the social sciences. His community outreach focuses on serving school districts and non-profit agencies throughout the mid-west and northeast. His large-scale program evaluation responsibilities have included work with the Columbiana County Educational Service Center (Evaluation of technology professional development training for teachers and students within impoverished Appalachian school districts in Eastern Ohio) as well as the Portage County Educational Service Center, Ashtabula City Schools, and Medina City Schools (Evaluation of alternative education programs).
You will never find him on face book or twitter but if you happen to be running on one of the local trails or near a game of ultimate frisbee (especially any summer league championship game in Cleveland) you might just run into him!
Jian Li, Ph.DAssistant Professor 316 O White Hall
Area: FLA - EVALjli42@kent.edu
Jian received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from The Ohio State University in 2010. Before her appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Evaluation and Measurement program at Kent State University, she worked as a research associate in the Evaluation Research Program at WestEd, a research organization stationed in California, where her responsibilities included developing and implementing research design, assessing instruments’ psychometric properties, and conducting first-hand and secondary analysis of large-scale databases. Her general research interests focus on methodological issues when quantitative statistical methods are applied to data that either have complex structures or are not perfect. She frequently uses hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and advanced experimental and quasi-experimental designs such as randomized controlled trials, propensity score matching, regression discontinuity design, and interrupted time series. The second focus of her research is the application of statistical techniques in answering substantive research questions. She is particularly interested in the relationships between students’ achievement, obesity status, and their physical and psychological well-being. She has served as a statistical consultant on projects funded by IES, NSF, PBS, U.S. Department of Education, and state governments.
Tricia Niesz, Ph.D.Associate Professor 316 White Hall
Area: FLA - EVAL - CULTtniesz@kent.edu
Tricia Niesz received her Ph.D. in Education, Culture, and Society from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Her specializations are qualitative research, ethnography/critical ethnography, and anthropology of education. Tricia teaches in the area of qualitative research methodology. Her research focuses on cultural change in the field of education, particularly as related to schooling, poverty, and social stratification. Over the past several years she has been exploring how progressive social and professional movements influence educational change. Her current research centers on a recent educational reform movement in South India that has radically transformed over 37,000 government schools.
Jason Schenker, Ph.DAssociate Professor 507F White Hall
Area: FLA - EVAL - EVALjschenke@kent.edu
I received my Ph.D. from Kent State in 2007 in the Evaluation and Measurement program, while I was employed by the university in the Research Center for Educational Technology (RCET). I spent 4 years at RCET where I was involved in a variety of research projects and educational evaluations. Prior to my time at RCET, I was a graduate assistant at the Bureau of Research Training and Services (now the Research & Evaluation Bureau). I received my Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, and my Bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg College. I currently teach Quantitative, Advanced Quantitative, Statistics I, Statistics II, and Research in Education Courses.