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Assessment Committee Biographies

Judith Dallinger has served as the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Studies since her appointment to the position in January 2005. She has primary responsibility for the First Year Experience and for Assessment of Student Learning. Judi began teaching in the Department of Communication at WIU in 1981. Her areas of expertise in teaching and research are in organization and interpersonal communication, gender differences in communication and in quantitative research methods. Judi has given professional presentations and published in her specialties in communication, in assessment of student learning, and in the area of first year experience. She has been active in university and professional service, and has worked in several administrative positions during her time at WIU. She previously served as Faculty Associate for Assessment, Coordinator of Assessment, and Director of Assessment.

Lori Baker-Sperry, a sociologist, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at Western. Baker-Sperry earned her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and graduate degrees from Purdue University. She has worked for over two years as Assessment Facilitator for Western Illinois University and has recently co-presented at the Higher Learning Commission’s annual conference. Her duties have primarily focused on assisting with the reinvigoration of major and graduate assessment at Western, although she is a member of the General Education Review Committee and former chair of the Council on General Education and the General Education Review Committee. While her research interests include assessment of student learning, she is also a gender scholar with an emphasis on fairy tale literature and the sociology of childhood.

Aimee Shouse is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and has been on the faculty at Western since 1993. She teaches courses in the area of American Politics. Dr. Shouse received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas and her doctorate in Political Science from Vanderbilt University. She has been involved with the assessment of student learning at Western since 1995 and has attended numerous seminars and workshops on assessment hosted by Alverno College, the North Central Association, and the Illinois Department of Higher Education, primarily in the area of General Education Assessment. She has chaired Western's Council on General Education and General Education Review Committee, an, from 2000-2002, served as the General Education Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences.

John Drea is a Professor of Marketing and the Chair of the Department of Marketing and Finance. His experience in assessment includes membership on the College of Business Curriculum and Assessment Committee, five years as chair of the Department of Marketing and Finance Assessment Committee, and numerous presentations on assessment for AACSB, IBHE, and international guests. Prof. Drea is the recipient of several national teaching awards, including the Society for Marketing Advances first ever Distinguished Teaching Award (1998), the Society for Marketing Advances Instructional Innovation Award (2000), and the American Marketing Association's Award for Innovative Excellence in Marketing Education (2003). Dr. Drea holds a DBA in Marketing from Southern Illinois University (1994), an MBA from the University of Notre Dame (1982), and a BA in English and Business Administration from Illinois College (1980).

Angela Ferree, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin. Her areas of specialization are literacy and literature instruction for children and young adults. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate, level courses and serves as the Graduate Coordinator within the Department. Dr. Ferree is president-elect of the Teacher Education strand of the College Reading Association. She currently heads the column "Logging on with Literature" in the Illinois Reading Council Journal.

Linda Tomlinson earned her Ph.D. from Illinois State University. She serves as Director of the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals and Certification Officer at WIU. She specializes in diversity and expanding diverse opportunities to candidates in teacher education programs. Work closely with programs and unit assessment requirements for accountability and accreditation. Professional activities include Chairing state review accreditation teams for the Illinois State Board of Education, Chairing Certification Committee for Illinois Association Colleges of Teacher Education, attending advisory meetings related to teacher education for ISBE and IBHE.

James A. Schmidt is an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. Since joining the dean's office in 2000, he has been responsible for all areas of undergraduate curriculum in the College, including scheduling, curriculum development and assessment. Jim also manages student affairs, recruiting and technology for the college. Jim received his MS ('89) and PhD ('94) in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and he joined the Psychology Department at Western in 1993, He serves on the faculty of that department as a clinical psychologist and associate professor. His areas of interest are interpersonal and communication-based models of personality, psychopathology and psychotherapy. He has extensive background in psychometrics and the development of assessment measures, and he has taught graduate courses in assessment of intelligence, personality, and psychopathology.

Candace Winters-March, a professor in Theatre and Dance, earned her MFA from Arizona State University. Her areas of specialization are modern dance technique, dance history, movement analysis, Pilates and performance/choreography. She is currently serving the second of two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors for the American College Dance Festival Association. Additionally, her creative research was selected to be presented at the regional and national levels of the American College Dance Festivals. Professor Winters-March has also served as an Administrative Intern under the mentorship of President Goldfarb, is a former committee member of the General Education Council, and has been the recipient of various awards including the “Outstanding Teacher Award,” at the department and college levels.