T. Dary Erwin
Professor of Leadership and Psychology, School of Strategic Leadership Studies
James Madison University
“The Challenges That Confront Us: What Teaching and Learning Scholarship Can Be Useful in the Big Tent of Higher Education?”
Scholars in teaching and learning serve as models for others on-campus across the globe. Yet our scholarship is needed by off-campus audiences more than ever. Arising issues of public policy about what works and what does not place us in the best possible position to offer findings and insight that has broad implications in postsecondary education. What are these issues and how can we help?
Dr. Erwin was formerly Associate Provost for Public Policy at James Madison University where he established the Center for Assessment and Research Studies. Under Dr. Erwin’s leadership, the first doctoral program in Assessment and Measurement began fall 1998.
Dr. Erwin has testified before an Education and Workforce subcommittee of the US House of Representatives and US Department of Education committees; presented at over 100 professional conferences; and participated in numerous meetings about collegiate accountability. He has spoken at over 70 college campuses to faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators about outcome assessment around the world.
Dr. Erwin’s articles on college impact and assessment first appeared in 1980 and his Jossey-Bass book entitled Assessing Student Learning and Development: A Guide To The Principles, Goals, and Methods of Determining College Outcomes was published in 1991. He is also author of the Erwin Identity Scale, the Scale of Intellectual Development, numerous articles and chapters, and a reviewer of critical thinking, problem solving, and writing assessment methods for the National Post-secondary Education Cooperative. He serves on the editorial boards of Quality in Higher Education, Assessment Update, and Active Learning in Higher Education and as a Board of Regent for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.
Dr. Erwin has previously been affiliated with Texas A & M University and the University of Tennessee. He received his bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Tennessee and his doctorate in student development and measurement from The University of Iowa.
Dr. Erwin is past recipient of the Annuit Coeptis Award of the American College Personnel Association and of the Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Research Award of the American Association for Counseling and Development. He was also past chairperson of the Measurement Services Association.