Dr. Tamara M. Walser

Professor of Evaluation & Inquiry Methods

Department of Educational Leadership

Education Building 366
(910) 962-4175


I am a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership where I coordinate the M.S. concentration in Evaluation & Organizational Learning and the Graduate Certificate in Evaluation. I teach courses in evaluation and inquiry methods, and mentor graduate students through dissertations and culminating projects. My scholarship focuses on evaluator education, evaluation approaches and methods, and evaluation capacity building. I have worked as a professional evaluator for more than 25 years.

In November, I presented an expert lecture at the American Evaluation Association annual conference in New Orleans, LA: (Re)shaping Conceptions and Use of Evaluability Assessment for Transformative Evaluation Theory and Practice.

I enjoyed facilitating a pre-conference workshop and a conference session as part of the European Evaluation Society conference in Copenhagen, Denmark last summer. The workshop and session focused on Transformative Evaluability Assessment.

What is your evaluation cause? See this AEA365 blog post I co-wrote: Centering Our Values and Cause to Define Evaluation. Also check out my AEA365 Teaching of Evaluation blog post: Lessons in Grace.

Join a free webinar I co-facilitated as part of NVivo's Scholary Writing Series: Completing a Service-Oriented Dissertation or Thesis: Key Considerations for Success.

I am excited about a book I co-authored that was published in 2021: Completing Your Evaluation Dissertation, Thesis, or Culminating Project.

I am still excited about a book I co-authored on 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)

Professional Roles Pre-UNCW

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, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
French Teacher, North Carolina Public Schools