Shannon Sampson, Ph.D.
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
|Joseph Carlton Barry is a Ph.D. student in the Education Policy and Analysis program at the University of Kentucky who transferred from the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Ed.D. program at California State University Sacramento. Joseph received his M.A. in Disability Studies with an emphasis on Policy from California Baptist University in Riverside, California after obtaining his B.A. degree in Intercultural Communications from California State University Sacramento. He also holds an A.A. in Music with an emphasis in Audio Production and Engineering from Sacramento City College. Joseph is a published researcher who is focused on improving outcomes for educationally marginalized communities by improving policy-based understandings of disability within educational settings. This will be his first semester as a Research Assistant for the Evaluation Center after serving in that same capacity for the Dean’s Office last semester. His work in the Evaluation Center contributes to the 2020 ERC and SCAHIP projects.|
|Jessie Hayden is a doctoral student in Higher Education. He received his Master of Science in Agriculture Extension Education from Mississippi State University, and he earned his Bachelors of Science in Agriculture Economics. Before joining the Evaluation Center in 2020, Jessie served as a 4-H Agent for East Baton Rouge Parish for Louisiana 4-H.|
|Nan Li is a doctoral student in Quantitative and psychometric methods. She received a B.A. in Media Production from Harbin Normal University, a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Louisville, a M.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, and a graduated certificate in Research Methods in Education (RMinE) from the University of Kentucky. She is currently working on the Read to Achievement project.|
|Chen Qiu is a doctoral student in Quantitative and Psychometric Methods at the University of Kentucky. He earned his M.S. in Finance from the University of Kentucky, Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from the University of Kentucky, M.A. in Social Science from the Morehead State University, and B.S. in Applied Psychology from the Tianjin Normal University. Before joining the Evaluation Center in Fall 2020, he did his psychometric internship at the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) during Fall 2019. He used to work as a Research Assistant in the College of Health Sciences from 2019 to 2020, as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Education (i.e., EDP/EPE 558, 660, 522) from 2018 to 2020, and as a Research Assistant in the Student and Academic Life from 2017 to 2019.|
|Lijun (LJ) Shen is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her Master of Engineering in Medicinal Chemistry from Zhejiang University of Technology in 2009 and her Master of Social Work from University of Kentucky in 2014. Then she worked as a case manager in the Cabinet of Health and Family Services at Fayette County for a half year and received her Certificate of Social Work. As a research assistant at Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky, she is working on survey analysis for Kentucky Post School Outcomes program. She starts her internship at the Evaluation Center in Fall 2020 and focuses on instrument development, qualitative/quantitative data collection and analysis.|
|Yan Wang is a graduate from Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her doctoral degree in May 2020. Her research focuses on college students’ identity development, especially on Chinese American college students as they negotiate and shape Chinese identities at the interstices of Chinese Studies, predominantly white campus life, family, and China. She earned her master’s degree in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Beihang University (Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics) in China. She has worked in higher education as a language instructor both in China and in the US for the past thirteen years. She begins her internship at the Evaluation Center in the Fall 2020 to polish her skills in evaluation using qualitative and quantitative research methods.|
|Nathaniel Wilson, MPH is PhD student in the College of Education and has been working in the Evaluation Center since August of 2020. He also works as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Education’s Educational Policy and Evaluation program and conducts research in the Rasch Measurement Lab. In addition to his MPH in biostatistics, he holds an undergraduate degree in public health with a minor in Spanish language. Nathaniel also works as a freelance consultant in data science, completing projects related to data visualization using programming languages and statistical software such as R or SAS. He is very interested in studying research methods, psychometric measurement tools and developing statistical methods to correct for the bias incurred from missing data. Email Nathaniel Wilson: email@example.com.|
Yuyan Xia is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education here at UK in December 2018. She has experience working in K-12 education both in China and United States. This is her first semester as a Research Assistant at the Evaluation Center.
|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 second 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
George Hruby, Ph.D., Executive Director of Collaborative Center for Literacy Development
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