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Martha L. A. Stassen

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Associate Provost
Dr. Stassen is the Associate Provost, Assessment and Educational Effectiveness at UMass Amherst. There she supports individual faculty members and departments in their efforts to implement course-based, department-based, and General Education assessment and works collaboratively with faculty and administrators on a number of campus-wide assessment efforts. Her support for educational innovations includes serving as the Principle Investigator of a $274,000 Davis Educational Foundation grant for implementation of the University's innovative upper-division Integrative Experience (IE) requirement. Her most recent publications include co-authored articles on "Using Qualitative Inquiry to Inform Departmental Effectiveness and Student Success," "Intersections of Writing, Reflection, and Integration" drawing from research conducted on the campus' Integrative Experience, and an article in AAC&U's Peer Review "Making the VALUE Initiative Work for Us" based on her campus's participation in a national student learning assessment project. Other articles include a study of "Critical Thinking" definitions and how they align with the foci of standardized Critical Thinking tests, and a chapter focused on student engagement in intergroup dialogue courses. She is also the lead author of two assessment handbooks used by a variety of higher education institutions across the United States.

Stassen is Past-President and former Board Member of the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN) and works with a range of colleges and universities, providing consultation and workshops focused on supporting their assessment and student learning initiatives. B.A., in English (Music Minor), Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota; Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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