Dr. Christine Siegel, who has served as associate dean for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) for the past five years, has assumed the role of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. In this role, Dr. Siegel will expand the work that she has initiated during the past two years as Faculty Consultant for Assessment of Student Learning, with primary responsibility for the coordination of University-wide academic assessment activities and management of assessment results.
Dr. Siegel will continue to teach courses in learning theory, developmental psychology, and assessment in GSEAP.
“Dr. Siegel’s portfolio will include oversight and leadership of the assessment of student learning at the program, school and university levels for undergraduates and graduate students,” explained Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., senior vice president for academic affairs. “She will coordinate the use of assessment data not only for external accrediting bodies but also for our own collective decision-making to support continuous program improvements. In this way, we will continue to offer all of our students the most up-to-date and highest quality academic programs that embody the best ideals of the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, integrative thinking and knowing, civic engagement and social responsibility.”
As GSEAP’s associate dean, Dr. Siegel directed school-wide assessment and accreditation efforts, coordinated curricular revision and development initiatives, and managed community outreach and partnership programs including those with the Bridgeport Public Schools and St. Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven. Dr. Siegel also functioned as the graduate school’s liaison to the Connecticut State Department of Education and several national accrediting agencies. Dr. Susan Franzosa, dean of GSEAP, commended Dr. Siegel’s work for the School. “Christine has been such an asset to GSEAP. While we will certainly miss her, I know she will bring the same expertise and commitment to her new administrative assignment.”
In her role as Faculty Consultant for Assessment of Student Learning, Dr. Siegel has already made significant contributions toward advancing assessment work on campus by providing consultation to myriad programs and departments. These activities have resulted in increased attention to assessment of student learning, as well as improved efforts to systematically collect and review information about student learning across curricular and co-curricular programs. These efforts lead to improvements in student retention, engagement and success.
Dr. Siegel holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and statistics from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to joining Fairfield University in 2005, she was an assistant professor in Georgia State University’s doctoral program in school psychology.
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