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 a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at the University of Kentucky.
Graduate Research Assistants
||Rui “Bruce” Jin is am a Ph.D. candidate in Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation. His primary line of research focuses on the application of quasi-experimental research methods to voucher programs and other education interventions. He also is interested in the K-12 school climate, including its development and instruments used to measure it using Rasch models.
||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.
||Mike Moore is a third-term EPE student, working towards a Master’s degree in Research Methods. He is seeking to facilitate local solutions to climate mitigation and adaptation using community- and youth-led approaches, engaging with community groups as a research advisor and evaluator. His hope is to catalyze solutions led by the most-impacted and by new and younger groups of people as both right and just and as critical avenues of action to meet the pace of change. In the past Mike has worked as a corporate software consultant, a massage therapist, and an educator abroad in China. His interdisciplinary undergraduate degree at the Ohio State University combined health sciences and comparative analysis of US and East Asian health and movement culture.
||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.
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.
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.
Colin Shepley, PhD, 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
Jonathan Thomas, Ed.D., Department of STEM Education
Joan Mazur, Ph.D., Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Sarah LaCour, PhD, Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
Lu Young, Ed.D., Department of Educational Leadership Studies