Clinical Assistant Professor
Evaluation Center Director
Department of Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation
205H Dickey Hall
Shannon Sampson, Ph.D., is Director for the Evaluation Center. Dr. Sampson’s doctorate is in Educational Policy and Evaluation with an emphasis in Assessment and Evaluation related to Foreign Language and English Language Learners. She worked in Fayette County Public Schools as a Spanish teacher and later a District-wide resource specialist for Foreign Language and English Language teachers. She has taught graduate courses in evaluation, measurement, research methods, quantitative methods, and foreign language pedagogy at the University of Kentucky and Georgetown College Graduate School. She has also provided professional development for teachers in Temuco, Chile, on the assessment of student learning. Dr. Sampson is a member of the graduate faculty in the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation department in the College of Education.
Josh Parsons, M.A., Ed.M.
205J Dickey Hall
Josh Parsons is the Associate Director of the Evaluation Center. Josh received his Master of Arts in English Literature from Mississippi State University, and he earned his Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Boston University while also working full time at Boston University in an academic administrative role. Before joining the Evaluation Center in 2017, Josh served as Director of Student Affairs at MCPHS University in Boston, managing division operations and finance. His professional experiences include assisting in university accreditation reviews, working as a full time lecturer, editing scientific journal articles and technical reports, managing curricular assessment, assisting in departmental strategic planning, and coordinating academic and administrative projects. His primary responsibilities include managing the Center, its projects, and the Center’s graduate research assistants. Josh is also currently pursing a PhD in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky.
Graduate Research Assistants
Jie “Grace” Dai is a doctoral student in the Quantitative and Psychometrics Methods program in the Department of Education Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her Masters of Arts in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Shanghai University (2015). At the Evaluation Center, Jie “Grace” has worked on the 2016-17 New Opportunities Yielding Classroom Excellence (NOYCE) project. She is currently working on If I Had A Hammer and NOYCE projects.
Amy Fisher is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program in the Education, Counseling, and School Psychology Department at the University of Kentucky. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and graduate degree in school psychology in central Pennsylvania. Amy worked for six years in both public and private school settings as a school psychologist in and around Nashville, TN. This is Amy’s first year at the Evaluation Center and she is currently working on KDPH and STEAM projects.
John Eric Lingat is a doctoral student in the Educational Psychology program. He received his BA in Community Development/International Relations and MEd in Curriculum & Instruction from American University in Washington, DC. John Eric previously served as an Assistant Principal in DC Public Schools in the dual-language elementary school where he taught. His research interests include measurement, assessment, and evaluation related to cognition, performance, and achievement in a variety of learning environments. He was selected as a Lyman T. Johnson Fellow and currently serves as a research assistant with the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OSPIE) in the Provost’s Office as their Assessment Associate. This is John Eric’s second year volunteering in the Evaluation Center and will be continuing his work on projects related to military-connected students and the If I Had a Hammer program.
Andrew Nelson is a doctoral student in the Department of Education Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. Specifically, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Sciences with a specialization in educational evaluation. Andrew recently received his M.A. in Experimental Psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky, and during that process, he became impassioned by program evaluation as a utilization-focused approach to social science. This will be Andrew’s second year volunteering in the Evaluation Center, and his primary focus will be working on grant writing and developing Center resources.
Katherine Leung Robershaw is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Education (English Language) from the Education University of Hong Kong (2007), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies Education from the Open University of Hong Kong (2009) and a Master of Arts in English Literary Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2015). Katherine was a high school English teacher in Hong Kong for 12 years. She is currently working on Project PLACE, an NPD-funded project aiming at improving instruction for English Learners (ELs) and assisting education personnel working with ELs to meet high professional standards.
Todd Ryser-Oatman is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. He is currently doing a practicum rotation at the UK Counseling Center and at the Graham Office of Career Management. His research interests focus on the how sexual minority men use cell phone applications and the internet to foster positive psychological outcomes. Todd is a first-year student at the Evaluation Center. He will be working primarily with ECTC and Clarksville County schools to evaluate programs and outcomes for Veteran students.
Jennifer Stuck is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College (2015) and a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky (2017). This is Jen’s third year as a Research Assistant with the Evaluation Center. She has experience in Qualitative research methods and report writing. Jen is currently working on the Read to Achieve and Victimization Survey projects. She has worked on the NASA, ECTC Veterans’ Center, and Engineering FYE projects previously.
Chun Yang is a doctoral student in the Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation department. She is the recipient of the Dermontti F. and Regina M. Dawson Graduate Fellowship and the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Chun has experience working in educational landscape both in the United States and China, including both K-12 and higher education. In 2015, she was awarded “the Teacher of the Year” as a language teacher at Simmons Elementary in States. Chun earned a master of education at Beijing Normal University, and received her dual bachelors in Law and Management from Wu Han University of Technology. This is her first year at the Evaluation Center; she is currently working on the ERC and SCAHIP projects.
The Advisory Board has actively supported the Evaluation Center from its founding in the fall of 2013. The Advisory Board is comprised of members from various College of Education departments and provides planning, oversight, and administrative and sustainability guidance.
Allison Levine, Ph.D., Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling
Margaret Bausch, Ed.D., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Student Success
Sycarah Fisher, Ph.D., Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
Kelly Bradley, Ph.D., Department Chair of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
George Hruby, Ph.D., Executive Director of Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
Elizabeth Whitney, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
Jane Jensen, Ph.D., Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
Jonathan Thomas, Ed.D., Department of STEM Education
Joan Mazur, Ph.D., Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Lu Young, Ed.D., Department of Educational Leadership Studies