Tamara Walser

Dr. Tamara M. Walser

Associate Professor

Director of Assessment and Evaluation, Watson College of Education

Department of Educational Leadership

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

News and Links

Watson College of Education Assessment Office Website

Trevisan and Walser Book on Evaluability Assessment Available from Sage Publications

Trevisan and Walser Workshop on Evaluability Assessment August 26 at Claremont Graduate University

American Evaluation Association Blog Post by Trevisan and Walser about Evaluability Assessment


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: 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: Academic Writing
EDL 698: Research
EDL 699: Dissertation

Research Interests

Program Evaluation Methodology
Assessment for Learning
Organizational Learning and Evaluation Capacity Building
Evaluability Assessment

Recent Publications

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). Available online: http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=19&n=6

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (under review). Writing an evaluability assessment thesis or dissertation: Review and recommendations. American Journal of Evaluation.

Walser, T. M. (2013, October). Integrating Computing and Mathematics Education (INCOME project) final evaluation report. Wilmington, NC: University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Recent Presentations

Walser, T. M., & Trevisan, M. S. (2014, June). Evaluability assessment thesis and dissertation studies: Implications for the teaching of evaluation. Paper presented at the Canadian Evaluation Society annual conference, Ottawa, Canada.

Walser, T. M. (2014, February). Evaluability assessment of a professional development system partnership: Method, results, and implications. Paper presented at the North Carolina Association for Research in Education annual conference, Greensboro, NC.

Walser, T. M. (2013, October). Evaluability assessment of a professional development system partnership: A study of process use. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, Washington, DC.

Callow-Heusser, C., Walser, T. M., & Sutton, J. (2013, October). Managing competing evaluation demands when stakeholder interests and cultural responsiveness are potentially misaligned. Think Tank presented at the American Evaluation Association annual conference, Washington, DC.

Trevisan, M. S, & Walser, T. M. (2013, August). Evaluability assessment: When, why and how. Workshop presented at the Claremont Evaluation Center's Professional Development Workshop Series on Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, Claremont, CA.

Current Grants and Contracts

Under Review.

Recent Service to the Field

Past President, North Carolina Association for Research in Education, Spring 2014-present.

President, North Carolina Association for Research in Education, Fall 2012-Spring 2014.

Peer Reviewer, Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, Spring 2014.