Research & Evaluation Council

Research & Evaluation Council Goals

- Contribute to continually refining Alverno's educational frameworks, assumptions, principles, and practices.

- Initiate and maintain research and evaluation as a concept and function at Alverno.

- Review and approve research and evaluation objectives in relation to college goals.

- Review, refine, and communicate guidelines for college research and evaluation, including faculty and staff research efforts conducted collaboratively with Educational Research and Evaluation which use its resources.

- Ensure the implementation of research findings and elicit feedback from faculty on data interpretation and use.

- Establish relationships with other groups and committees to assure the success of its work.

- Elicit constructive critique from colleagues and establish Alverno as a contributor to higher education research and evaluation.

- Oversee recommendations for institutional approval for research proposed by investigators external to Alverno when that research involves Alverno facilities, and/or Alverno affiliated participants.

Research & Evaluation Council

Stephen Sharkey chairs the Research and Evaluation Council. He is Professor of Sociology and Senior Scholar for Liberal Learning. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Jeana Abromeit is Professor of Social Science and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Jodi Eastberg is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Marquette University.

Kathy Lake is Professor of Education and Acting Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Heather Mernitz is Associate Professor of Physical Science and Chairs the Council for Student Assessment. She holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism from Tufts University.

Judith Reisetter Hart is Director of the Alverno College Institute for Educational Outreach. She holds an M.S. from Iowa State University and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Paul Smith is Professor of Psychology and Chair of Alverno's Institutional Review Board. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education/Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


For more information on the Research and Evaluation Council contact: Stephen Sharkey