Current Projects


University-Wide Collaborative Projects

ADVANCE
Collaborator: Provost’s Office
Comprehensive programming to increase the recruitment and retention of women faculty in STEM. CASTL-HE will oversee the formative assessment of the ADVANCE initiatives: 1) Departmental Diversity and Action Transformation; 2) Reimagined Spaces - Voices and Visibility; 3) Tournament of Ideas; 4) Recruitment, Search and Selection and 5) Enhancement Funds.  CASTL-HE will perform the internal evaluation of the projects.
Awarded funds from the National Science FoundationInterns at a workshop

Observation of Effective Teaching Practices
CASTL-HE-led project developing a protocol instrument to assess college teaching and pedagogy practices that is applicable across disciplines, course formats, and instructor backgrounds.

MOOC Assessment
Utilizing learning objectives established by course instructors, this initiative aims to assess student learning for courses taught both on Grounds in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia and also through the Coursera online learning platform.  CASTL-HE leads assessment plans to further understand the educational experiences for students learning in a traditional classroom setting parallel to the experience of those being instructed by the same faculty in the MOOC format.

Completed Projects

Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Implementing and Evaluating a Pedagogy Seminar for Graduate Students
Collaborator: Teaching Resource Center
Creates a course for graduate students (“Teaching and Learning in Higher Education”), in which they learn fundamental concepts about teaching, learning, and pedagogical for college-level courses. CASTL-HE leads the assessment plan, which includes a pre-/post-test longitudinal design with repeated follow-ups querying participants’ understanding of the concepts, integration of material into syllabi, and actual teaching.
Awarded funds from the Teagle Foundation, with matching funds from Provost’s Office

Hybrid Challenge
This initiative from the UVa Faculty Senate and Teaching Resource Center and funded by the President's Office supports faculty members from across the University as they develop newly hybrid technology-enhanced courses for engaged student learning in numerous areas and disciplines.  CASTL-HE serves as the assessment liaison to grant recipients to assist with measuring the effect that at least one of the technology implementations has on some aspect of students' learning including perceptions, motivation, retention, and persistence. CASTL-HE also offers assistance with research design, implementation, and analysis.

Less Commonly Taught Languages
This initiative utilizes the Cisco Telepresence technology to offer a collaborative opportunity for students to learn rare languages.  Currently, UVa and Duke University are in partnership to teach courses in Creole and Tibetan.  This technology allows students at both institutions to actively participate in a virtual setting no matter the location of the instructor.  During Fall 2013, UVa provided the faculty for Tibetan while Duke provided faculty for Creole French.  CASTL-HE leads assessment plans to measure teaching and learning in this unique environment. 

Exploring the Benefits of the IB Extended Essay for University Studies at the University of Virginia
Assesses utility of IB Extended Essay in preparing IB alumni for college-level work, particularly independent research.
Awarded funds from the International Baccalaureate Organization

Internet2/EDUCAUSE Net+ eText Pilot
Collaborator: Office of the Chief Information Officer 
Assessment oversight of the eText pilot program in Fall 2012. UVA is part of a 21-institution pilot using electronic textbooks (“eTexts”) in certain classrooms with specific instructors. CASTL-HE served as the assessment liaison for the pilot project.

External Consultations

Dr. Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas

U.S. Professional Service & Consultations

Wisconsin Center for Educational Research
Project Advisor, Coordination of Large-Scale Studies of STEM Teaching & Learning, September 2013 - October 2016
Advisor to NSF-funded project that utilizes an instructional system of practice framework to assess and reverse design STEM teaching and learning practices.

U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Technical Panelist, National Postsecondary Education Cooperative – Sample Surveys, Postsecondary, Adult, and Career Education (PACE) Division of NCES, January 2012-2015
Provide guidance to PACE on a suite a studies that include the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), the Beginning Postsecondary Students Longitudinal Study (BPS), the Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B), and a new study on student learning outcomes

Teachers College, Columbia University
Educational Quality Advisory Board Member, December 2012 - present
Member of advisory board to multi-institutional study assessing educational quality at the undergraduate level

EYP Architects & Engineering
Consultant and Principal Investigator, 2012 - present
Study to identify architectural designs that promote student learning in college residence halls

The National Study of Living-Learning Programs
Principal Investigator, 2001 - 2013 
10-year longitudinal study that examined the contributions of living-learning programs on student learning and development. The quasi-experimental study included over 48,000 undergraduates at 50+ colleges and universities across the U.S., half of which were enrolled in one of over 600 different living-learning programs. Four campus site visits were conducted in 2008.

International Professional Service & Consultations

National University of Singapore
Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, anticipated December 2014
Invited keynote speaker sponsored by the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning (CDTL), National University of Singapore

Swedish Network for Educational Development in Higher Education 
Conference Presenter, International Consortium on Educational Development, anticipated June 2014 

International Baccalaureate Organization
Invited Speaker, International Baccalaureate (IB) University Admissions Seminar, March 2014 
Invited speaker on panel to introduce the IB curriculum to Japanese University administrators. Sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).    

World Bank
Consultant and Workshop Speaker, Best Practices in Teaching & Learning in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), October 2013 
Led a  3-day workshop for STEM university faculty in Cambodia, in conjunction with the Cambodian Department of Higher Education