Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate Program

Meet the Instructors

Cathleen Morreale

Cathleen Morreale     Cathleen Morreale completed her PhD in Higher Education Administration through the Department of Educational Leadership at the University at Buffalo (UB), SUNY in 2011. Her various professional and personal experiences in higher education have focused on assessment, course evaluation, curriculum and program development, experiential learning (including internships and service-learning), counseling and advising, assessment, and career development. She currently serves as a curriculum and evaluation specialist through the Center for Educational Innovation at UB. Objectives of her programs and courses typically include a multi/inter-disciplinary theory base, foundation concepts, transferable and professional skill development, and individualized student goals. Students are also encouraged to relate previous coursework to current, and share their experiences through multiple strategies. Students are active participants in each experience, co-creating a safe space for risk-taking, self-expression, critical inquiry and exploration. Her methods incorporate the Socratic discourse, experiential-learning, service-learning, participatory small and large group open discussions, online and in-class modes, group work, multimedia and basic presentations, regular reflection, and individual learning projects, including developing learning portfolios; all of which are approached from a process education perspective so that students are encouraged to develop throughout and beyond the experience. Her work allows for regular assessment of student progress and teaching to meet objectives, so that program, course, student, and department goals can be adapted to be most engaging, efficient, and appropriate.

Linda Sturges

SturgesPic     Dr. Linda Sturges is a Professor of Mathematics and the Mathematics and Computer Science Curriculum Supervisor at Maritime College. In addition to teaching, she chaired the Faculty Assessment Committee from 2000 to 2012 and co-chaired the College’s Middle States 2012 Self-Study. In 2005, Dr. Sturges received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. Her University service includes membership in SCoA, since its inception, and participation in SUNY Advisory Groups on pre-college assessments in mathematics with SED and PARCC. Dr. Sturges has worked on various mathematics learning and teaching projects through the Educational Policy Improvement Center. She serves as the treasurer of the AERA Special Interest Group on Studying and Self-Regulated Learning.

Dr. Sturges earned a BS in Mathematics from SUNY New Paltz, a MA in Mathematics Education from Lehman College, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

VanZile-Tamsen     Carol Van Zile-Tamsen is the Associate Director of the Office of Educational Innovation and Assessment (EIA) at the University at Buffalo and an adjunct instructor in the Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology Department, where she teaches courses in psychometrics and statistics. As the associate director of the newly formed EIA office, she will serve as the coordinator of academic program assessment at UB. For the past two years, the focus of her work has been on coordinating efforts for the Middle States decennial review with the University’s self-study working teams, and assisting with the drafting of the University’s self-study narrative and documentation collection, while also facilitating the assessment activities of academic programs.

Carol is an alumni of UB, and after completing her doctorate in Educational Psychology in 1996, she began her first professional position as an assistant professor of educational psychology in the College of Education at the State University of West Georgia. She taught classes for teachers and school counselors related to the application of educational psychology to classroom learning, tests and measurement, assessment and the effective use of data, and research and program evaluation. In addition, she actively coordinated departmental efforts related to NCATE, CACREP, and SACS accreditation. In 2001, after receiving tenure and being promoted to associate professor, she returned to UB to pursue her interests in data analysis. She worked as a statistician at the Research Institute on Addictions from 2001-2006. In 2006, she became a Research Analyst in the Office of Institutional Analysis (2006-2012).

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