AALHE 2021 Online Keynote Speakers

Keynotes AALHE 2021


Monday, June 7th, 2021
Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education
Dr. Jane Marie Souza, University of Rochester and Dr. Tara Rose, Louisiana State University

Jane Marie Souza and Tara Rose will discuss their edited compendium, Exemplars of Assessment in Higher Education: Diverse Approaches to Addressing Accreditation Standards; all royalties have been donated by the editors to AALHE. Book to be released June 2021. Member attendees will receive a free copy of the book.

Jane Marie Souza, PhD serves as the Associate Provost for Academic Administration/Chief Assessment Officer and Accreditation Liaison Officer at the University of Rochester. She served as the 2019-2020 president of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education and previously served as editor for the organization’s publication, Intersection. Dr. Souza has served on accreditation teams for the New England Commission on Higher Education, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Council on Podiatric Medical Education, where she was a member of the Council 2016-2019. Dr. Souza has been involved with assessment in education since the 1990s when her class was designated a “Lighthouse” site in the state of Massachusetts for her work with curricular alignment and assessment. While working with pharmacy education 2011- 2015, she was elected chair of the Assessment Special Interest Group of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and recognized with an Excellence in Assessment award. Dr. Souza served as an assessment consultant for institutions across the country, offering workshops on the use of technology in the classroom, mapping curricular outcomes, and meeting accreditation standards through effective assessment. She has presented at conferences including the Association for Institutional Research, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Drexel Assessment Conference (keynote), Assessment Institute in Indianapolis (section keynote), Texas A&M, and Association for Medical Education in Europe. Dr. Souza holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska, an M.Ed. in Curriculum Development from Curry College, and BA in English from the University of Massachusetts.

Tara Rose, PhD, is the Director of Assessment at Louisiana State University. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and administrators, she leads academic quality efforts at the course, program, and university levels that reflect current trends and best practices in higher education. Tara has 20 years of experience in assessment and outcomes analyses. She began her career with a nonprofit organization and has also spent time at the state level working for the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. She previously served as the Director of Assessment at the University of Kentucky and has also taught at Eastern Kentucky University in the Department of Homeland Security. Since 2010, Tara has participated as a Board Member on the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE), previously holding the position of President in AY 2015-16. In 2019, Dr. Rose was appointed as Senior Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Dr. Rose holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration, a Master’s in Public Administration (both from Walden University), an MS in Criminal Justice, and a BS in Corrections and Juvenile Services (both from Eastern Kentucky University).

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021
People-Centered Intelligences
Dr. John Mayer, University of New Hampshire
Key measures and their relations to school and workplace behavior.

John D. Mayer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, has published more than 150 articles, books, and tests in psychology, including the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and a member of the Association for Research in Personality. His work has been covered by the New York Times, Time Magazine, NPR, the BBC, and Scientific American Mind. He has lectured around the world on the topics of emotional intelligence, personal intelligence, and personality more broadly, and blogged for Psychology Today. He is author of “Personal Intelligence: The power of personality and how it shapes our lives,” and two textbooks. He lives in Durham, New Hampshire.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2021
Clear, Simple, and Wrong
Dr. David Eubanks, Furman University and Dr. Kate Drezek McConnell, Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
How to avoid fooling ourselves with data.

David Eubanks holds a doctorate in applied mathematics and has served at four colleges and universities over a 29-year career in teaching and administration. Since 2015 he has served at Furman University as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment and Effectiveness. His work in learning assessment dates from 2000, in developing novel data-gathering approaches and creating open-source software to archive learning outcomes goals and data. He served on the board of a national assessment organization (AALHE) and edited its quarterly periodical for several years. He co-founded the Journal of Writing Analytics and publishes in that area, most recently a validity study of ratings of undergraduate writers that shows the relationship between grades and learning and reveals how learning gaps can grow over time. His 2016 article “A Guide for the Perplexed” challenged the practical usefulness of standard assessment practices for accreditation reporting and led to an ongoing conversation within the higher education community, including coverage in the Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times. His current research proposes a unifying theory of reliability for categorical classifications, extending work that won a 2016 Charles F. Elton Best Paper award from the Association of Institutional Research.

Kate Drezek McConnell, PhD, is Assistant Vice President for Research & Assessment and Director of the VALUE Institute, AAC&U’s nationwide assessment system that enables any higher education provider (institution, PCE program, academic department, state, consortium, etc.) to collect and upload samples of student work to a digital repository and have the work scored by certified VALUE Institute scorers for external validation of institutional learning assessment. An educational psychologist by training, Dr. McConnell has written extensively on the reliability and validity of the VALUE approach to assessment. Her other research and campus consultations focus on using course-embedded assessment to improve teaching and learning while also addressing accountability and accreditation requirements; course-embedded assessment; aligning pedagogy with assessment efforts; faculty development; and leveraging the learning sciences in teaching, assessment, and evaluation. Before joining AAC&U, Dr. McConnell spent ten years at Virginia Tech working in assessment and evaluation as well as serving as affiliate faculty in Virginia Tech’s graduate program in educational psychology, teaching courses on cognitive processes and effective college teaching. She received a BA from the University of Virginia, an MA in history from Providence College (Rhode Island), and a PhD in educational psychology from Virginia Tech.