Director of Evaluation
Science Education Resource Center, Carleton College
I started at the SERC office in March 2003. My work includes the usability and evaluation efforts that ground SERC projects in the reality of educator practice. My evaluation projects cover a range of National Science Foundation and other foundation supported projects in the sciences and social sciences including the On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program for Geoscience Faculty; the Teaching with Data.org NSDL pathway to Quantitative Literacy in the Social Sciences; the Carleton Interdisciplinary Science & Math Initiative (CISMI), including the broadening access cohorts (FOCUS, CSSF, and CSSI); Geoscience Affective Research NETwork (GARNET); and Building Strong Geoscience Departments program.
Educational research projects include Tracing the Effect of Faculty Development into Student Learning Outcomes and the RTOP Classroom Observation project (sponsored by On the Cutting Edge Professional Development).
I co-lead the national assessment efforts for InTeGrate, a 5 year, NSF STEP Center grant aimed to improve geoscience literacy and build a workforce that can make use of geoscience to solve societal issues.
I also have a particular interest in evaluating the use of technology to improve undergraduate and K-12 teaching practice and have served as evaluator for: The Textbook Reconsidered- Creating the Shortbook of Geomorphology; WILSIM2, The Next Generation Landform Simulator; Earthlabs: A National Model for Earth Science Lab Courses; Exploring Genomics Data; and Geology of National Parks (part of the Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum).
I keep involved in state and local education and evaluation topics and served as evaluator for the Minnesota Math and Science Teacher Academies for southeastern Minnesota, external evaluator for the Minnesota Math and Science Frameworks (MMSRTC); and am currently Chair of the Board of Education for Northfield ISD#659.
Before coming to Carleton College, I spent 14 years in industry working for IBM and as the Technology Manager for Marathon Multimedia (a Learner's Digest International business).
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Post-graduate Program Evaluation Studies Certificate, 2012
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Scientific and Technical Communications, M.S., 1993
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - Scientific and Technical Communications, B.S. with distinction, 1989
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN - College of Architecture, Environmental Design, B.S., 1989
Publications and Presentations
Rutz, C., Condon, W., Iverson, E. R., Manduca, C.A., and Willett, G. (2012). Faculty development and student learning: What is the relationship? Change, May/June 2012, 42-49.
Iverson, E. (2012). When a Website is Part of Program Evaluation: A Three Staged Approach. Evaluation 2012: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN.
Willett,G., E. Iverson, M. Huber, W. Condon (2011). Faculty Development within Cross-Curricular Initiatives: What Are the Effects on Student Learning? Presented at 2011 The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA.
Iverson, Ellen A., Sabra Lee, Carol J. Ormand, P.G. Feiss, Heather Macdonald, Cathryn A. Manduca, Randall M. Richardson (2011). Building Strong Geoscience Departments: Case Studies and Findings from Six Years of Programming, Abstract ED23A-0616 Poster presented at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.
McConnell, David, Ellen Iverson, David Budd, Darrell Henry, Katrien J. van der Hoeven Kraft, John R. McDaris, Heather MacDonald7, Cathryn Manduca, LeeAnn Srogi, and Karen Viskupic (2011). A Preliminary Snapshot of Geoscience Teaching at US Colleges and Universities, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 43, No. 5, p. 136
Manduca, Cathryn A., Ellen A. Iverson, Roman Czujko, Heather Macdonald, David W. Mogk, Barbara J. Tewksbury, John McLaughlin, Camelia Sanford, Lija Greenseid, Michael Luxenberg (2011). Impact of the On the Cutting Edge Professional Development Program on U.S. Geoscience Faculty, Abstract ED42A-04 Presentation at 2011 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 5-9 Dec.
Manduca, Cathryn A., David W. Mogk, Barbara Tewksbury, R. Heather Macdonald, Sean P. Fox, Ellen R. Iverson, Karin Kirk, John McDaris, Carol Ormand, and Monica Bruckner (2010). SPORE: Science Prize for Online Resources in Education: On the Cutting Edge: Teaching Help For Geoscience Faculty: Science, v. 327, no. 5969, pp. 1095-1096.
Iverson, E. and S. Lee (2010). Using Evaluation to Help Transform Departments in the Challenging Economic Environment of Higher Education. Evaluation 2010: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.
Kirkendall, R. Iverson, E. and M. Bruckner (2010). Integrating Website Use Analytics into a Mixed Method Evaluation of a Professional Development Website. Evaluation 2010: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.
Kirkendall, R. and E. Iverson (2010) Mainstreaming Evaluation into Faculty Professional Development Programs.Evaluation 2010: American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX.
Willett, G., E.R. Iverson (2010). Researching, Supporting, and Funding Faculty Development Initiatives: A Synergistic Approach. Presented at 2010 Conference of The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) on Faculty Roles in High-Impact Practices. Philadelphia, PA.
Iverson, E., C.A. Manduca, J.R. McDaris, and S. Lee (2009). Refining MARGINS Mini-Lessons Using Classroom Observations. Eos Trans. AGU, 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract ED13D-0616
McMartin, F., E. Iverson, A. Wolf, J. Morrill, G. Morgan, C. Manduca (2008). The Use of Online Digital Resources and Educational Digital Libraries in Higher Education. The International Journal on Digital Libraries Special Issue on Digital Libraries and Education. Co-Editor:Lillian Cassel,Sarah Giersch ,Mimi Recker. Springer Publications. 8(2). http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00799-008-0036-y
Wolf, A., F. McMartin, E. Iverson, C. Manduca, J. Morril, and G. Morgan. (2007). Use of online digital learning materials and digital libraries: comparison by discipline. Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Digital libraries, ACM Press, New York. p 500.
McMartin, F., A. Wolf, E. Iverson, C. Manduca, J. Morril, and G. Morgan. (2007). What do faculty need and want from digital libraries? Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Digital libraries,ACM Press, New York. p 493.
McMartin, F., E. Iverson, C. Manduca, A. Wolf, G. Morgan (2006). Factors Motivating Use of Digital Libraries. Proceedings of the 6th ACM/IEEE-CS joint conference on Digital libraries, ACM Press.
Iverson, E.R., McLaughlin, J.A., Manduca, C.A. (2006). The Logic Model as Compass: Guiding Stakeholders Through the Consequences of Evaluation. Presented at American Evaluation Association 2006 Annual Conference.
Manduca, C.A., Iverson, E.R., Fox, S.P., McMartin, F. (2005). Influencing User Behavior through Digital Library Design: An Example from the Geosciences, D-Lib, vol 11(5). (Recipient of the Geoscience Information Society's Best Paper Award for 2006)
Roscoe Iverson, E. (1994). "Producing a Multimedia Product -- Design Phase", Proceedings for the Society for Technical Communicators
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