The Assessment Fellows Program is a leadership development opportunity offered through the Office of Academic Assessment. The program is open to tenured associate and full professors and to permanent instructional academic staff with full-time appointments.
Supervised by the Office of Academic Assessment director, Assessment Fellows provide support and leadership in an area involving assessment—e.g., strategic planning, program review processes, campus-level data collection and analysis, and many others—collaborating as they do with the University Assessment Committee, ELARC, and other campus partners. Through their work, Assessment Fellows accomplish the following:
Assessment Fellows receive a one-course reassignment each semester for one academic year.
Amal Ibrahim earned her Ph.D in Communication from the Department of Communication at Georgia State University. She is currently an assistant professor at the Communication Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Amal previously taught at several universities in the US and the Middle East: Georgia State University; Cairo University and Canadian University in Egypt; Sharjah University in United Arab Emirates. In her previous faculty position at the University of Sharjah, Amal founded and coordinated the Mass Communication Program and was heavily involved in numerous international accreditation activities with the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). Her research and scholarship agenda include areas such as Middle Eastern Media, Social Media and Social Change, Women’s Digital Activism, and International/Intercultural Communication. Amal authored and co-authored book chapters, journal articles and numerous conference papers, regionally and internationally. She is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Middle East Media (JMEM). Amal is involved in assessment in campus as she has been a member of the University Assessment Committee (UAC) since Fall 2015 where she participated in a variety of campus-wide assessment activities and initiatives. She is also a Community-Based Learning Fellow since 2017 and is involved in developing tools to assess students essential learning outcomes related to Community Based Learning across the university.
Daniel earned a B.A. in Linguistics from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, an M.A. in English from Texas A&M University-College Station, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University. In his dissertation, he studied how scientific information is communicated to non-scientists, examining a subfield of linguistics called sociolinguistics, which investigates linguistic variation. While he studies sociolinguistic texts from a rhetorical perspective, he has also worked as a research assistant on two federally-funded grants (NOAA and NSF) involving sociolinguistic and dialectological research, and he is co-author of a book on the speech of the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. He is currently engaged in exploratory research that involves documenting how norms for what is grammatical in standard English change over time and how writers attempt to navigate these changes. Daniel teaches in the Professional Writing and Publishing (PWP) program within the Department of Languages and Literatures. Since 2012, he has authored or co-sponsored numerous changes to the PWP curriculum, and he is currently working on a university-sponsored grant involving a multifaceted assessment of it. He teaches courses in grammar, style, discourse analysis, and editing, which primarily serve PWP majors; he has designed an upper-level writing course for science majors called "Writing in the Sciences," which he also frequently teaches.
Andrea Ednie received her PhD in Forest Resources, Parks, Recreation and Tourism from the University of Maine and her Masters in Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick, Canada. Her research examines motivations, sense of place, experiences and behavior choices within the contexts of outdoor recreation management and outdoor exercise. Her recent projects include visitor experience and management studies in Chilean Patagonia, outdoor recreation motivations and experiences in Kettle Moraine State Forest, WI, and outdoor recreation resource management studies on the Maine coast. Andrea now serves as an associate professor at UW-Whitewater, teaching courses and coordinating student internships for the Health, Human Performance and Recreation emphasis. In her previous faculty position at the University of Maine - Machias, Andrea coordinated a nationally accredited Environmental Recreation program, and her role at UW-Whitewater includes coordination and assessment of the Health, Human Performance and Recreation emphasis.
Carmen Rivers earned her BA in Early Childhood Education through University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and her MA Ed in Adult and Continuing Education at Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, WI. As a Lecturer within the Early Childhood Education teaching team for the past 10 years, she has been supporting students seeking dual licensure to teach children from birth through 3 rd grade. She also serves as the Program Coordinator and primary Advisor for the Early Child Care and Education program, a new non-license program she spearheaded and which will start being offered through our campus in fall 2018. Carmen is also a founding board member for the Wisconsin Nature Action Collaborative for Children; a small non-profit organization committed to connecting educators to nature so they are inspired to cultivate children's curiosity about and connection with nature.
S.A. Welch is a Professor in the Communication department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She came to the University in 2002. Dr. Welch earned an accounting degree from the University of Central Florida and worked in CPA firms prior to entering academia. She earned her Masters in Communication from the University of Central Florida and her doctorate in Rhetoric from Kent State University.
Dr. Welch has been involved in assessment with both the Undergraduate Audit and Review and the Graduate Audit and Review programs. In addition, she was involved in an assessment project for the Heritage Society as part of the Sesquicentennial celebration for the University. Dr. Welch is currently working with the Honor's Program in developing a systemic program of assessment.
Dr. Welch is involved in a variety of activities beyond the University. Dr. Welch is involved in the International Listening Association as its research chair and has published a variety of studies in the association's journal, The International Journal of Listening. Dr. Welch developed and produced a video for Opportunities Inc that addressed factors in helping individuals with disabilities seek community-based employment. This video has been used by several agencies across the state of Wisconsin as a training program. Dr. Welch's research focuses on interpersonal communication and listening behavior.