Author & Educator Jennifer C. Greene to Serve as President of American Evaluation Association

January 27, 2011

Jennifer C. Greene, a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as the 2011 president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

Fairhaven, MA (PRWEB) January 26, 2011

Jennifer C. Greene, a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will serve as the 2011 president of the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

AEA is a professional organization that represents more than 6,000 members around the world and is the largest in its field. AEA’s mission is to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action. Its members are involved in assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products and organizations to improve their effectiveness.

Greene brings to the post more than three decades of experience both as an evaluator and educator. She was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award from Cornell University in 1997, a Distinguished Senior Scholar Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and is the 2005-2006 recipient of the R. Stewart Jones Award for the Outstanding Teacher in Educational Psychology Award. She is a 1971 graduate of Wellesley College and earned her Master’s and Ph.D. at Stanford University.

“I am honored to assume the leadership of the American Evaluation Association, especially at this time when – around the globe – evaluation has become a highly valued contributor to policy and program decision making,” states Greene. “Evaluation is thus valued in significant part because it brings the reason of empirical data and the legitimate plurality of diverse perspectives to the central responsibility of societies to care well for their citizens.”

Author of Mixed Methods in Social Inquiry, published by Jossey-Bass in 2007, Greene is a recognized thought leader in the field and has authored hundreds of journal articles and book chapters. She currently serves as an Associate Editor on the Journal of Mixed Methods Research and is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Journal of Mixed Methods for Applied Business and Policy Research, an online journal in Australia. She also serves on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Evaluation, and for the Journal of Education and is a senior editor for the Journal of Research Methodology, both published in Thailand.

Greene joined the University of Illinois in 1999. Prior to that, she served as a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and as a research professor in the Department of Education at the University of Rhode Island. She also has experience as a principal investigator at the University of Rhode Island’s Curriculum Research and Development Center and as an evaluation specialist at the Cupertino Union School District in Cupertino, CA.

Greene has been a member of AEA since 1985 and was honored with the association’s 2003 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award, presented to individuals whose written work on evaluation theory has led to fruitful debates on the assumptions, goals and methods of evaluation. She also is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the European Evaluation Society.

Greene transitions into the presidency during an exciting era. The Obama administration has emphasized the importance of evaluation nationally and internationally and the Office of Management and Budget has approved additional funding for agencies to develop and perform high-priority evaluation activities. The field of evaluation, meanwhile, is growing globally and AEA’s membership has doubled in the last five years. The association, likewise, has taken on a more visible role in the arena of federal policy development and is in the midst of a transition to policy-based governance.

For more information on the American Evaluation Association, visit http://www.eval.org.


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