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
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
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