SLHRD at the American Evaluation Association


Sakthi Natarajan, Monica Majors, Pallavi Singh, and Dr. John LaVelle


Dr. David Fetterman (Empowerment Evaluation), Pallavi Singh, Sakthi Natarajan, Dr. John LaVelle


Dr. John LaVelle, Sakthi Natarajan, Pallavi Singh, Monica Majors, and Dr. Ashaki Jackson, Co-Director of the GEDI program



Dr. John LaVelle, School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) Assistant Professor, and three SLHRD students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). The conference theme was about program, information, and evaluation design

Doctoral students Monica Majors, native of Dallas, Tx., and Pallavi Singh, native of Varanasi, India, presented a poster titled, "First Impressions: Insights and Reflection by First Time Evaluators," on lessons learned from their first evaluation project, as well as a talk on how they connected with their evaluation client, Love Our Community - Summer Youth Employment Program

Master’s student Sakthi Natarajan, native of Tiruchirappalli, India, gave a talk on the process of designing course evaluation protocols from multiple perspectives. 

Majors and Singh were in HRE 7602 (Program Evaluation and Design) in fall 2015, and Natarajan was in HRE 7973 (Data Collection and Analysis in Organizations), both taught by Dr. LaVelle. These  service-learning courses address critical community needs, build student leadership skills, and reinforce course content. The academic context inside a classroom enriches students' service experiences by raising questions about real-world concerns and promoting critical thinking about civic responsibility. 

Dr. LaVelle delivered a workshop on the basics of using theory to improve evaluation practice, and papers on 1) teaching evaluation to undergraduate and graduate students and 2) integrating service-learning into course design. He also gave talks on two Presidential Strands on educating evaluators across the world, a talk on his role as an AEA representative to EvalPartners initiative, and discussant on the AEA-Sponsored session on the Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI). He co-facilitated several Think Tank sessions with both scholars and practitioners, such as Randy Davies (Brigham Young University), Tessie Catsambas (Encompass LLC), Donna Mertens (Gallaudet), and Bianca Montrosse-Moorehead (University of Connecticut). Last, as a member of the AEA Evaluator Competencies Taskforce, he participated in a full day meeting on the essential competencies for program evaluators with leaders such as Jean King (University of Minnesota), Laurie Stevahn (Seattle University), Donna Podems (University of Johannesburg), Eric Barela (SalesForce), and others.  

Dr. LaVelle’s areas of research expertise include: evaluator training and development; evaluation competencies; recruitment and selection of evaluators; and accreditation, certification, and licensure of evaluators.

The American Evaluation Association is a professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.


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