Our Team

UEPC Leadership

Andrea Rorrer, Ph.D.

Director

Andrea Rorrer is the Director of the Utah Education Policy Center, the Associate Dean in the College of Education, and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah.

Cori Groth, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Cori Groth, Ph.D.

Associate Director

Cori Groth is the Associate Director for the UEPC and assistant adjunct professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy . She has experience working closely with local schools and districts to support their school improvement efforts.

Janice Bradley, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Janice Bradley, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Janice Bradley is a Professional Learning Scholar-Practitioner at the UEPC. She has extensive experience in facilitating teacher and principal professional learning communities, researching mathematics coaching, and consulting and facilitating for systemic change in seven states.

Stacy Eddings, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Stacy Eddings, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Stacy Eddings works primarily on evaluations at the UEPC. She earned her PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Utah. She has been working in the field of program evaluation since 1999.

Yongmei Ni, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Yongmei Ni, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Yongmei Ni is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.   Her research examines school choice and charter schools, school finance, and school effectiveness.

Wynn Shooter, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Wynn Shooter, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Wynn Shooter works primarily on education program evaluations. Much of his work currently involves serving out-school-time programs and community partners. Wynn has over 18 years of experience designing,implementing, and studying educational experiences.

Business Operations

Carol Swenson, MBA

Assistant Director for Business Operations

Carol Swenson, MBA

Assistant Director for Business Operations

Research Staff

Research Associates

Jeremy D. Franklin, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Jeremy D. Franklin, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Jeremy D. Franklin earned his PhD from the University of Utah. He is the Research Coordinator for the Utah Data Alliance and works on policy related projects. His scholarship focuses on racial battle fatigue, racial microaggressions, and Whiteness.

Andrea Kalvesmaki, M.S.

Research Associate

Andrea Kalvesmaki, M.S.

Research Associate

Andrea Kalvesmaki is pursing a doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy. She works on evaluation project design, data collection, and analysis. Her research interests include program/policy evaluation; child outcomes (health, juvenile justice); comparative and fiscal policy analysis. 

Zac Mayne, M.A.

Research Associate

Zac Mayne, M.A.

Research Associate

Zachary R. Mayne is a graduate student who is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology. His work includes data screening, survey development, and data analysis. His research interests include cognitive psychology, validity and reliability related to testing, and statistics.

Huong Nguyen, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Huong Nguyen, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Huong Nguyen earned her PhD in Economics from University of Miami.  At the UEPC she works on research design, statistical modeling, data analysis and data management. Her research interests include the intersection of microeconometrics and policy analysis.

Allison Nicholson, M.P.P.

Research Associate

Allison Nicholson, M.P.P.

Research Associate

Allison Nicholson specializes in state- and local-level education policy. She earned a M.P.P. from George Washington University and has held research and policy positions at Utah state government offices over 14 years, including Legislative Research and General Counsel.

Diana Pounder, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Diana Pounder, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Diana Pounder is the former College of Education Dean at the University of Central Arkansas. She has worked as a professor and researcher for over 30 years, after working in public schools for 10 years.

Elizabeth Walsh, M.S.

Research Associate

Elizabeth Walsh, M.S.

Research Associate

Elizabeth Walsh has a M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University and has spent the last ten years teaching in public and private K-12 schools in the United States and internationally.

Kristen Weissinger, M.A.

Research Associate

Kristen Weissinger, M.A.

Research Associate

Kristen Weissinger holds a Master's degree from the University of Utah.  She assists with survey administration and data collection.

Rui Yan, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Rui Yan, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Rui Yan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and a Master’s from Beijing Normal University. She has expertise in quantitative data analysis and database management. Her research interests focus on educator labor markets, principal leadership, and school effectiveness.

Xiangyang Ye, M.S.

Database Manager

Xiangyang Ye, M.S.

Database Manager

Faculty Research Associates

Vicki Park, Ph.D.

Visiting Research Scholar

Vicki Park, Ph.D.

Visiting Research Scholar

Vicki Park works on the Bridgeworks and LIFT programs as well as research-to-practice partnerships. She earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy with an emphasis on K-12 leadership and administration from the University of Southern California.

Irene Yoon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Irene Yoon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Irene H. Yoon is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She is a member of the professional learning design and facilitation team at UEPC. Her research explores instructional leadership and teacher collaboration and instructional improvement.

Graduate Research Assistants

Liliana Castrellón, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Liliana Castrellón, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Liliana Castrellón is a doctoral student at the University of Utah in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research focuses on immigration and education policies and their effects on immigrants students and children of immigrants. 

Valerie A. Guerrero, M.ED

Graduate Research Assistant

Valerie A. Guerrero, M.ED

Graduate Research Assistant

Valerie A. Guerrero is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Department . Her research interests include improving campus climates and higher education contexts. At the UEPC, her work includes qualitative coding and survey analysis.

Sandra Leu, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Sandra Leu, M.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Sandra Leu is a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Policy. Her work at the UEPC includes qualitative coding and analysis of the Stakeholder as well as STEM Link Surveys.

 

 

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