About the Webinar Series
 Co-sponsored by: JMU-The Center for Assessment and Research Studies-vert-purple VAG 2RPA

Weave has partnered with James Madison University’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Virginia Assessment Group’s Journal of Research and Practice in Assessment to bring you a most impactful webinar series!

For over six months a team of well-known practitioners has been preparing for this event. After many meaningful conversations about what actionable steps can be taken to use assessment to impact learning, these leaders have put together six sessions to share ways institutions can be sure their assessment work is leading to authentic learning improvement. 

Webinar 4 - Why Assessment and Faculty Development Need Each Other: Using Evidence to Improve Student Learning
The opportunities for faculty development programs to incorporate data gathered by the assessment and institutional research offices are tremendous—and that information should inform faculty practices. Crimmins and Reder will lead participants though steps to develop a coordinated effort between the assessment and faculty development offices, allowing institutions to triangulate assessment findings, student learning, and faculty practices.

Stay tuned for more information on these highly informative, practical webinars this spring - registration will open soon!

  • Webinar 1 - Assessment Paper Pusher to Improvement Hero: The Journey Begins
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    • Keston H. Fulcher, Executive Director of the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and Professor in Graduate Psychology at James Madison University
    • Megan R. Good, Director of Academic Assessment at Auburn University
  • Webinar 2 - The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: New Challenges to Using Evidence to Improve Student Learning
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    • Charlie Blaich, Director, Center of Inquiry and Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium
    • Kathy Wise. Associate Director, Center of Inquiry and Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium
  • Webinar 3 - Foregrounding Learning in Assessment 
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    • Monica Stitt-Bergh, Associate Specialist, University of Hawaii (Manoa) and Past President, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE)
    • Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, and Senior Scholar, NILOA
  • Webinar 5 - Considerations and Resources for the Learning Improvement Facilitator, May 13th at noon Eastern - Register
    • Kristen Smith, Director of Assessment, College of Education, UNC Greensboro
    • Natasha Jankowski, Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA)
  • Webinar 6 - Example of a Successful Program Improvement Effort, May 29th at 2pm Eastern - Register
    • Keston Fulcher, Executive Director, Center for Assessment and Research (CARS), James Madison University
    • Diane Lending, Professor Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics; Capital One Information Security Faculty Scholar, James Madison University

We look forward to seeing you!

 About our Presenters:


Dr. Michael Reder
Director, Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching and Learning, Connecticut College
Michael has taught courses in the Connecticut College Department of English, as well as literature, theory, and writing at Baylor University and junior-year writing in environmental science at UMass/Amherst. He has served on the faculty of the National Institute for New Faculty Developers (2005) and on the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Management Development Program (MDP) for academic administrators (2007). He serves on the editorial advisory boards for Essays in Teaching Excellence and Thriving in Academe and Innovative Higher Education. He has presented his work and run workshops at a variety of national conferences, and consults regularly on issues related to faculty development and writing. Among his areas of interest is effective teaching and learning, especially using writing and other active teaching techniques to enhance student and faculty learning, and the creation of faculty teaching and learning centers at small colleges. Michael is the editor of Conversations with Salman Rushdie (Literary Conversations Series. University of Mississippi Press, 2000). In addition to chapters on Rushdie, he has co-authored articles on PowerPoint, using writing in the classroom, supporting early-career faculty, faculty development at small liberal arts colleges, and teaching and science reporting.

CrimminsCynthia Crimmins, M.S. Ed. 
Director, Center for Academic Innovation, York (PA) College
Cynthia Crimmins directs the Center for Academic Innovation a York College of Pennsylvania, collaborating with colleagues across campus to advance high impact practices and academic innovation. Previously, Crimmins served as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Writing Center Director, and Academic Support Center Director at York College of Pennsylvania. An educator for over 30 years, Crimmins taught grades 7-12 internationally at Department of Defense Dependents Schools, literacy courses at community colleges, and research and pedagogy courses in writing studies at York College of Pennsylvania. Currently, she teaches first-year writing and first-year seminars using project-based learning approaches. Crimmins provides leadership for assessment and learning improvement initiatives on her campus as well as consults with small liberal arts colleges in her role as a Teagle Assessment Scholar to develop learning improvement initiatives. Crimmins is a faculty mentor and workshop leader for the Naylor Workshop for Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies and previously served on the executive committee of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association. She has published, given conference presentations, and delivered keynote addresses on topics related to learning outcomes assessment, faculty development, undergraduate research, and writing center work.