Designing Careers in Evaluation and Preparing Evaluation Students and New Evaluators for the Profession

Session Number: 1236
Track: Graduate Student and New Evaluators
Session Type: Panel
Tags: Academic career trajectories, Graduate Students, new evaluators, Teaching of Evaluation
Session Chair: David J Bernstein, Ph.D. [Senior Study Director - Westat]
Discussant: Joe Wholey [Visiting Scholar - University of Delaware]
Presenter 1: Kathryn Newcomer [Professor - George Washington University]
Presenter 2: Rodney K Hopson [George Mason University]
Presenter 3: Jennifer C Greene [Professor - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]
Presenter 4: Stewart Donaldson [Dean & Director - Claremont Graduate University]
Presenter 5: Molly Engle [Professor and Evaluation Specialist - Oregon State University]
Presentation 5 Additional Author: Jean A. King [Professor - University of Minnesota]
Time: Oct 26, 2016 (04:30 PM - 06:00 PM)
Room: A705

Presentation Abstract 1:

Kathryn Newcomer is Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. She is the AEA President-elect.


Presentation Abstract 2:

Rodney Hopson is a Professor of Education Policy and Evaluation and Senior Research Fellow, Center of Education Policy and Evaluation, George Mason University and an AEA Past-president.


Presentation Abstract 3:

Jennifer C. Greene is a Professor of Quantitative and Evaluative Research Methodologies, Educational Psychology and an AEA Past-president.


Presentation Abstract 4:

Stewart I. Donaldson is Director of the Claremont Evaluation Center; Dean & Professor, School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation; Dean & Professor, School of Community & Global Health; Claremont Graduate University and an AEA Past-president.


Presentation Abstract 5:

Molly Engle is Professor and OSU Extension Service Evaluation Specialist, Oregon State University and an AEA Past-president.


Presentation 5 Other Authors: Jean King is a Professor of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development and Director, Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI), University of Minnesota and a Former AEA Board Member.
Audience Level: Beginner

Session Abstract: 

This panel will explore the approaches used by U.S. universities to train graduate students in evaluation, and transition strategies to help students/new evaluators design their careers. All seven distinguished panelists have served in AEA leadership positions. Panelists and the audience will address questions such as:

  1. Academic Focus and Degrees: In which disciplines/schools at your university would we expect to find courses in evaluation or related to evaluation? Do you offer a degree or major field in evaluation?
  2. Hands-on Work Experience: Do you offer opportunities to design and conduct evaluations?
  3. Career Paths: Where have your former students worked in the evaluation field?
  4. Becoming an Evaluation Professional and Networking: What advice do you have for new evaluators regarding making the shift from school to work in the evaluation field? What types of professional and networking activities would you recommend to further careers in evaluation?