John M. LaVelle, PhD
Title: Assistant Professor
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, 2002
Master’s Degree: Applied Psychology, emphasis in Applied Health Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Stout, 2004
Phd: Psychology, emphasis in Evaluation and Applied Research Methods, Claremont Graduate University, 2014
Phone: (225) 578-4465
Office: 283 Coates Hall
Dr. LaVelle’s empirical work has focused on the formal development of the evaluation profession, with a focus on understanding 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.
His recent research projects have taken an in-depth view of evaluation education programs worldwide, through an online curricular document analysis, combined with a job description analysis of evaluators working in different regions of the world. Dr. LaVelle plans to use this data to develop an interactive website that will highlight the various venues for evaluators and applied researchers to hone these skills.
Dr. LaVelle welcomes exploring a range of program evaluation opportunities with community members in Baton Rouge and beyond, as well as with current (or prospective) students who want to explore the exciting field of evaluation.
Before joining LSU, Dr. LaVelle was Director of Operations and External Affairs for the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University, past manager of the AEA365 tip-a-day project, co-lead of American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) program, and co-lead of the Southern California Evaluation Association. The workshops and the conferences he has organized over the years have opened access to high-quality evaluation training for thousands of evaluators and applied researchers from across the world.
LaVelle, J. M., & Donaldson, S. I. (2015). The state of preparing evaluators. In J. W. Altschuld & M. Engle (Eds.), Accreditation, certification, and credentialing: Relevant concerns for U.S. evaluators. New Directions for Evaluation, 145, 39-52.
LaVelle, J. M. (2014). An Analysis of Evaluation Education Programs and Evaluator Skills Across the World. (Doctoral Dissertation). Claremont Graduate University, CA.
LaVelle, J. M. (2011). Planning for evaluation’s future: Undergraduate students’ knowledge of and interest in program evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation, 32(3), 362-375.
LaVelle, J. M., & Donaldson, S. I. (2010). University-based evaluation training programs 1980-2008: An empirical review. American Journal of Evaluation, 31(1), 9-23.
LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016). Designing the profession of evaluation, Part 1: Evaluation education. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. AEA Presidential Strand.
LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016). Designing the profession of evaluation, Part 2: Evaluation education. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. AEA Presidential Strand.
LaVelle, J. M. & Podems, D., (Fall, 2016). AEA’s role in the new global initiatives from EvalPartners: Professionalization Initiatives. Talk given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA. AEA-Sponsored Session.
LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016). Teaching evaluation to graduate and undergraduate students: Lessons learned and implications for course design. Paper given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.
LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016). Integrating service learning into evaluation courses: Implications for course design. Paper given at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta, GA.
Davies, R., & LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2016). Defining foundational concepts for the design of an introductory evaluation course. Paper delivered at a Think Tank at American Evaluation Association, Atlanta GA.
LaVelle, J. M. (Spring, 2015). Program evaluation: What is it, and what can I do with it? Talk given at Western Psychological Association, Las Vegas, NV.
LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2014). A crosswalk of university-based evaluation education programs and evaluator competencies: United States and international perspectives. Talk given at the European Evaluation Society, Dublin, Ireland.
LaVelle, J. M. (Fall, 2014). University-based evaluation education programs: United States and international perspectives. Talk given at the European Evaluation Society, Dublin, Ireland.
LaVelle, J. M., (Fall, 2014). Part and parcel: Mentoring relationships as integral to scholar training. Talk given at the conference of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment [CREA], Chicago, IL.
LaVelle, J. M. (Spring, 2013). Building evaluation capacity in complex environments: Roles for the university. Talk given at the International Development Evaluation Association [IDEAS] General Assembly, Bridgetown, Barbados.
American Evaluation Association: Taskforce on Evaluation Competencies (Spring 2016-current)
American Evaluation Association/International Organization Cooperative in Evaluation: International Group on the Professionalization of Evaluation (Spring 2016-current)
Program Liaison, American Evaluation Association’s Graduate Education Diversity Internship Program [GEDI], May 2001-June 2016.
Co-Convener: Southern California Evaluation Association. December 2010-July 2015.
Start-up Manager: AEA365. December 2009-July 2010.
American Evaluation Association: http://eval.org/
American Evaluation Association’s GEDI Program: http://eval.org/gedi