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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.


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Josh Parsons, M.A., Ed.M.

Associate Director
Evaluation Center
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

photo of Andrew Nelson 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.
photo of Carolyn Oldham Carolyn Oldham  is a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her B.A. in English Literature and French from Knox College (2001) and her MSEd from Northwestern University (2005). Carolyn has worked in quality improvement and accreditation efforts in private and public institutions of higher education for nearly fifteen years. She also has taught English as a Second or Other Language as well developmental reading and writing for almost twenty years. Carolyn’s current research interests are in pathway program evaluation and college readiness standards.
photo of Katherine Robershaw 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.
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Min Xiao is s a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation at the University of Kentucky. She received her Master of Science in Research Methods in Education here at UK in December 2018. This is Min’s second semester as a Research Assistant at the Evaluation Center. She is currently working on KDPH, STEAM, SSI, and REU projects, and focusing on instrument development, qualitative/quantitative data collection and analysis, and key finding/final reports.
photo of Chun Yang 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 secondyear at the Evaluation Center; she is currently working on the ERC and SCAHIP projects.






Advisory Board

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 BauschEd.D., Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Student Success
Sycarah Fisher, Ph.D., Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology
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