Assistant Professor of Higher Education-Data Analytics
Peter Sammartino School of Education
- Data Analytics I in Higher Education
- Data Analytics and Visualization
- Research Methods and Design
- Postsecondary Student Success
- Flexible Educational Design
- Universal Design for Learning
- Online Education
- Support for STEM Success
- Equitable Educational Practice
- Higher Education Finance
- Learning Analytics
- Research Methods
- Subjectivity in Quantitative Methods
- BA, Amherst College
- MBA in Technology Management, University of Phoenix Online
- PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
My research addresses how the flexibility of educational design and delivery can address the under-acknowledged needs of students traditionally underserved by higher education. I determine this by rigorously evaluating practices delivering effective course design for students with a wide range of capacities, including those with and without disabilities. I also investigate administrative and academic support for optimal educational pathways that minimize time to degree given varied student needs. I draw on perspectives from sociology, social justice, educational technology, change management, and leadership. I often use quasi-experimental analysis of atypically large, aggregated datasets facilitated by innovative use of technology that enables evaluating educational practice, and I communicate insight through analytics approaches. My work also clarifies subjective choices in quantitative research since intelligible reporting is needed for equitable research practice.
I did my postdoctoral research with the City University of New York’s Equity Through Education Research Group and have taught online for several institutions in the Northeast. I was formerly Director of Educational Technology and Distance Learning at Manchester Community College and worked in Information Technology at Amherst College. I am an alumna of the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL), EDUCAUSE/CLIR’s Leading Change Institute, and the NSF-funded Learning Analytics in STEM Education Research Institute (LASER). My work has been published in Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, American Behavioral Scientist, Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and the Journal of Learning Analytics, among other outlets, and may be found on ResearchGate.
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