SLHRD Professor, LaVelle, to Represent Two American Evaluation Task Forces


Dr. John M. LaVelle, assistant professor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) in the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE), has been invited to serve on two American Evaluation Association's (AEA) taskforces—Evaluator Competencies and Professionalization.

For the Taskforce on Evaluator Competencies, he will be joining an international committee whose cardinal task is to empirically and socially address a major question in the evaluation community: What are the essential and desired competencies that evaluators should possess for good evaluation practice?

Dr. LaVelle will be joining a team of prestigious individuals, including Dr. Jean King, University of Minnesota professor and director of Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute; Dr. Dale Berger, a professor at Claremont Graduate University and former president of the Western Psychological Association; and Dr. Benoit Gauthier, president of the Canadian Evaluation Society.

As part of the AEA Professionalization Taskforce, Dr. LaVelle will engage in discussions with national experts in professionalism, including Dr. Donna Podems, a former editor of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. The professionalization task force will embark on strategic initiatives to encourage evaluators to pursue continued professionalism.

Dr. LaVelle’s affiliation with the American Evaluation Association brings the discussion of two internationally important subjects, evaluation and professionalism, to local and regional research and academics.

Dr. LaVelle’s academic interests focus specifically on professionalization in evaluation, and he has authored several peer-reviewed articles on the topic. He is especially interested in the international job market and the formal university systems that are set up to meet those needs. He has explored topics such as analyzing the international job market for evaluators, the university systems across the world that prepare evaluators, and methods for reaching out to potential applied researchers and evaluators.

The LSU School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD) offers programs dedicated to producing world class practitioners, leaders, and instructors in Leadership and Human Resource Development.

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The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The College is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership and Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 977 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is continually working to improve its programs.

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