Dr. Tamara M. Walser

Professor, Department of Educational Leadership

Watson College of Education

Education Building 366
(910) 962-4175 Phone
(910) 962-3609 Fax
walsert@uncw.edu

News and Links

Upcoming Workshop at American Evaluation Association annual conference in Minneapolis: A Practical Framework for Navigating an Evaluation Dissertation, Thesis, or Culminating Project

Check out my website and blog: Route One Evaluation

Trevisan and Walser Book on Evaluability Assessment Available from Sage Publications

New Book in the Works! Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (under contract). Completing your evaluation dissertation, thesis, or culminating project: Your guide to a successful capstone journey. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Education

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 Roles

Interim Chair, Educational Leadership Department, Watson College of Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
Director of Assessment and Evaluation, Watson College of Education, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC
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

EDL 545: Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Approaches to Program Evaluation

EDL 553: Evaluation and Assessment in Higher Education

EDL 568: Educational Program Design and Evaluation

EDL 642: Program Evaluation

EDL 644: Qualitative Research

EDL 695: Academic Writing

EDL 698: Research

EDL 699: Dissertation

Research Interests

Evaluation Methodology
Evaluation Education
Evaluation Capacity Building
Organizatonal Learning
Research Design

Recent Publications

Walser, T. M. (2018). Assessing transfer and benefit to evaluate course effectiveness. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 29(2), 147-175

Recent Presentations and Workshops

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2019, June). Evaluability assessment basics and benefits. Professional development workshop presented at the American Evaluation Institute Summer Institute, Atlanta, GA.

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2018, November). A practical framework for navigating a program evaluation dissertation, thesis, or culminating project. Professional development workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, Cleveland, OH.

Trevisan, M. S., Walser, T. M., & Sundararajan, N. K. (2018, November). An empirical study of program evaluation capstones in evaluation graduate programs. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, Cleveland, OH.

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2018, October). Evaluability assessment for responsive theory-building, exploratory evaluation, and evaluation planning. Professional development workshop presented at the European Evaluation Society biennial conference, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2018, October). Fundamentals of evaluation practice: Assessment, accountability, and sustainability. Professional development workshop presented at the University of Illinois-Springfiel Evaluation Summit, Springfield, IL.

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2018, October). Developing an evaluation dissertation. Professional development workshop presented at the University of Illinois-Springfield, Doctor of Public Administration program, Springfield, IL.

Recent Service to the Field

Peer Reviewer, American Journal of Evaluation.

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness.

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation.

Peer Reviewer, Teaching of Evaluation Topical Interest Group Conference Propsals, American Evaluation Association

Current Evaluations

External Evaluator, Improving Measures of Persistence, Achievement, and Completion (2019-2023), US Department of Education, Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (contract with Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC).

External Evaluator, Use of a Three-Pronged Approach to Improve the Success and Retention Rates of At-Risk Students (2019-2023), US Department of Education, Title III Strengthening Institutions Program (contract with Piedmont Community College, Roxboro, NC).