Tamara Walser

Dr. Tamara M. Walser

Director of Assessment and Evaluation, Watson College of Education

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Education Building 307
(910) 962-4175 Phone
(910) 962-3609 Fax

News and Links

Check out my website and blog: Route One Evaluation

Watson College of Education Assessment Office Website

Trevisan and Walser Book on Evaluability Assessment Available from Sage Publications

Recent Book Review in The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation Strengths noted: provides a much needed new take on evaluability assessment, the book's elegant design and structure as a textbook, connection made by the authors between evaluability assessment and The Program Evaluation Standards.


Ph.D., Research and Evaluation, Utah State University (2000)
M.S., Instructional Design and Development, Utah State University (1996)
B.A., French; minors in Organizational Communication and Public Relations, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (1989)

North Carolina Teaching License: French (K-12); Instructional Technology Specialist (Administrative)

Previous Professional Positions

Project Manager, Research and Evaluation/Training Development Departments, Windwalker Corporation, McLean, VA
Research Scientist, Office of Educational Assessment, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Assessment Specialist, Research Department, Committee for Children, Seattle, WA
Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology and Associate Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Center, Department of Educational Leadership, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
French Teacher, North Carolina Public Schools

Courses Taught at UNCW

EDN 200: Teacher, School and Society
EDN 514: Technology for School Administrators
EDN 523: Research in Education
EDN 564: Policy Formation as a Systemic Process
EDL 568: Educational Program Design and Evaluation
EDN 595: Using Data for School Improvement
EDN 595: Data Utilization Practicum
EDN 599: Thesis in Education
EDL 641: Research I
EDL 642: Research II
EDL 642: Program Evaluation
EDL 643/640: Academic Writing
EDL 698: Research
EDL 699: Dissertation

Research Interests

Program Evaluation Methods
Higher Education Assessment
Research Design
Evaluation Capacity Building

Recent Publications

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2016). Evaluability assessment thesis and dissertation studies in graduate professional degree programs: Review and recommendations. American Journal of Evaluation, 37(1) (OnlineFirst May 26, 2015). doi: 10.1177/1098214015583693

Walser, T. M. (2015). Evaluability assessment in higher education: Supporting continuous improvement, accountability, and a culture of assessment. Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, 5(1).

Trevisan, M. S., & Walser, T. M. (2014). Evaluability assessment: Improving evaluation quality and use. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Walser, T. M. (2014). Quasi-experiments in schools: The case for historical cohort control groups. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 19(6). Retrieved from http://pareonline.net/

Recent Presentations

Walser, T. M. (2016, February). The effectiveness of a program evaluation course in building evaluation capacity. Paper presented at the North Carolina Association for Research in Education annual conference, Charlotte, NC.

Walser, T. M. (2015, November). Building a culture of assessment in higher education and evaluation capacity building: A tale of two literatures. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Walser, T. M. (2015, November). Conducting a program evaluation thesis or dissertation: It's more than replacing research questions with evaluation questions. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, Chicago, IL.

Walser, T. M. (2015, October). The role of valuing in evaluation. Keynote address presented at the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association annual conference, Asheville, NC.

Trevisan, M. S, & Walser, T. M. (2015, September). Evaluability assessment for counselors. Working group presentation at the International Association for Counselling annual conference, Verona, Italy.

Walser, T. M. (2015, February). How can the theory and practice of program evaluation support a culture of assessment in higher education? Paper presented at the North Carolina Association for Research in Education annual conference, Winston-Salem, NC.

Current Grants and Contracts

Technical Working Group Member (ICF International), evaluation of the Corporation for National Community Service Foster Grandparents Program (Fall 2014-Fall 2015).

Recent Service to the Field

Subject Matter Expert, Professional Development Course on Evaluability Assessment, Canadian Evaluation Society, Spring 2016.

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation.