I am currently the Director of Institutional Research at Oregon State University. Previously I was Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Allan Hancock College and before that, Assistant Director of Institutional Research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I have taught junior high school mathematics, been a part-time instructor of applied mathematics at Chapman University and Cerro Coso Community College and a lecturer in sociology at UCSB. I served for 5 years as an Air Force officer, conducting research in Electric Rocket Propulsion. I hold a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MA in Education Policy, Organizations, and Leadership from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
As an Institutional Research Director, I have access to institutional data as well as an understanding of the limitations of such data. This data can be used as either outcome measures (grades, retention/graduation rates) or as predictor variables, in conjunction with scale and perceptual data collected as part of the project. I will also contribute to the development of explanatory models for the ESTEME research questions.
Complex factors affect student success; universities do not control many of these. However, the ESTEME Project brings diverse and highly experienced researchers to focus on an area that universities can control and that is highly influential for student success: STEM instruction. This project will have a direct practical impact on instruction at OSU as well as adding to the research base on improving instruction and faculty development.