KU appoints vice-rector for program evaluation and development

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) – The University of Kansas has appointed a new vice-president specializing in academic program evaluation.

The University of Kansas said Professor Holly Storkel, Associate Dean for Academic Innovation and Student Success at the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, has been appointed to a part-time vice-president position, focusing on evaluation of academic programs.

KU said Storkel is a professor in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing: Disorders and Science and will continue in her role and role as Associate Dean. He said she would provide institutional oversight for the evaluation of curriculum outcomes. He said she will assess student learning, including the KU Core assessment. He said she was responsible for ensuring that assessment practices meet accreditation requirements set by the Higher Education Commission.

“This position is a natural extension of Holly’s administrative role at the College and helps us better organize ourselves as a university to meet accreditation expectations for program evaluation and to provide evidence of achievement of results.” learning by students, ”said Barbara Bichelmeyer, Senior Vice President and Vice President. -chancellor. “We have a unique opportunity to bring one of our innovators on campus to a role that will benefit the entire institution. Assessment is a critical part of our efforts to ensure that students are learning. It is also part of our commitment to help teachers realize their full potential as educators. I look forward to working more closely with Holly, and I know we will all benefit from her talents and ideas and active engagement with offices such as the Center for Teaching Excellence as we pursue our goals in these areas.

According to KU, the vice-provost will facilitate collaborations with faculty members, chairs and campus stakeholders and build and implement assessment policies, practices and systems as well as link assessment activities to strategic planning.

KU said Storkely joined her faculty in 2001 and during her tenure she served as chair of the KU Speech-Language Pathology: Sciences and Disorders Department and Co-Director of the KU-KU Medical Center’s Intercampus Program on Disorders Communication. He said that she was president of the KU chapter of Sigma Xi, the international and multidisciplinary research firm, from 2017 to 2019 and that she is the current editor-in-chief of Language, Speech and Hearing Services in Schools and has was appointed a member of the American Speech -Language-Hearing Association in 2014. He said that in addition to leadership experience, there were terms as associate chair of the department of speech-language pathology: speech sciences and disorders. the KU from 2010 to 2013, president of research and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Scientific Affairs Committee from 2011-2013, faculty member of the KU Center for Undergraduate Research from 2013-2014 and editor of Action for the Journal of Child Language 2014-2017.

KU said Storkel has a strong research program in place to study why some children easily learn words and sounds while others struggle. He said his current NIH-funded project focuses on teaching kindergarten children with language development disorders new words by reading books. He said two children in each kindergarten class have DLD which affects a child’s ability to talk to others and understand what others are saying to them. He said vocabulary is an important foundation for learning to read that many children with DLD don’t have. He said the Storkel project seeks to improve the vocabulary of kindergarten children with DLD so that they are on the path to becoming good readers and successful students.

According to KU, Storkel earned a bachelor’s degree in research and hearing science from Indiana University, as well as a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and a doctorate in speech and hearing sciences at the University of Washington. He said she was a postdoctoral fellow in speech and hearing sciences and cognitive psychology at IU.

“This is an exciting opportunity for me and hopefully for the University of Kansas,” Storkel said. “I look forward to working with the KU community to showcase the excellent work being done in advancing student learning. Our ability to tell about how we create a high quality learning environment that helps our students acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in work and in life will be a crucial part of our preparation for the comprehensive assessment. of HLC during the period 2024-2025. academic year.”

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