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Dr. Viji Sathy (PI)

Associate Dean for Evaluation and Assessment for the College of Arts & Sciences

Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research

Director of the Academic Leadership Program at the Institute for Arts & Humanities

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.
Dr. Viji Sathy is a Professor of the Practice in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Director of the Townsend Program for Education Research, and Director of the Academic Leadership Program at the Institute for Arts & Humanities. She is a national expert on inclusive teaching, speaking and writing widely on the topic and co-founder of Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques as well as retention in STEM and directs evaluations of educational programs and curricula. She teaches undergraduate quantitative courses as course-based research experiences: statistics and research methodology, as well as maker courses. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the campus’ Student’s choice for Best Professor at UNC. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC (B.S.1996) and her doctorate in psychometrics from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2003). She was born in India but grew up in a small town in NC and is a proud recipient of public education (K-PhD) in NC. Viji is the project principal investigator and UNC assessment team lead. UNC recently joined KEEN and is eager to work closely with the network related to assessments. The UNC team has extensive experience providing evaluation and assessment expertise to programs in our college. We are excited to work with our partners on this project and the advisory board to capture best practices in assessment as they pertain to EM, help others navigate the assessment space, and create a rich and sustainable resource for years to come
Dr. Abigail Panter

Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Professor of Psychology in the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory
Dr. Abigail Panter (B.A., Wellesley College, 1985; Ph.D., New York University, 1989) is the Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and a professor of psychology in the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is past president of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division on Quantitative and Qualitative Psychology. As a quantitative psychologist, she develops instruments, research designs and data-analytic strategies for applied research questions in higher education, personality and health. She serves as a program evaluator for UNC’s Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program, a multisite adaptation of the successful Meyerhoff Program. She is also principal investigator for The Finish Line Project, a $3 million First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education that systematically investigates new supports and academic initiatives, especially for first-generation college students. Her books include: The APA Dictionary of Terms in Statistics and Research Methods (2013), The APA Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology (2012), The Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology (2011), The Sage Handbook of Methods in Social Psychology (2004), as well as volumes on program evaluation for HIV/AIDS multisite projects.Abigail is part of the UNC assessment team and will work on assessment mapping as well as organizational schema for assessments.
Dr. Bryant Hutson

Director of Assessment
Bryant Hutson, Ph.D., is University Director of Assessment for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously Bryant was Director of the Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons and Associate Director for Student Academic Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His research focuses on the application of positive psychology and strengths-based theories in higher education assessment practice. He has co-authored four books and over 40 articles and book chapters related to the use of assessment to support student academic achievement and institutional change. He is a recipient of the North Carolina College Personnel Association Distinguished Scholar Award in recognition of his research contributions to the field of Student Development and Student Affairs, as well as the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award for his work in strategic approaches to promoting student success. Bryant will be working closely as part of the UNC assessment team on identifying and mapping measures, developing focus group and interview protocols, and creating codebooks.
Dr. Kelly Hogan

Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation

QEP Director

Teaching Professor in the Biology Department
Dr. Kelly Hogan is the Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's College of Arts and Sciences, The University’s Quality Enhancement Plan Director, and a Teaching Professor in the College’s Biology Department. Since 2004, she has been teaching 400-seat classes on campus using interactive teaching methods and technologies. Hogan's approach centers on the philosophy that, with the right practice, everyone is capable of learning. By demonstrating the effectiveness of her methods in large lecture classes to promote equity, her work has received national attention in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Hogan works with many of Carolina’s faculty and others around the country to help them re-imagine their own teaching. Her teaching has impacted a student audience far beyond those in her UNC-Chapel Hill classes. As the co-author of an introductory biology textbook (Campbell Biology’s Concepts and Connections), Hogan has reached hundreds of thousands of students globally. She has also been recognized through ten different campus, state, and national awards for teaching, mentoring and advising. Recently, she teamed up with her colleague, Dr. Viji Sathy, doing workshops around the country and writing about inclusive pedagogy ( She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey (B.S. 1996) and earned her doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2001). Kelly will be helping in the final year of the project helping to construct faculty facing materials and workshops.
Dr. Heather Dillon, Professor and Chair

University of Washington Tacoma
Dr. Heather Dillon’s research team is currently working on renewable energy systems, solid-state lighting, fundamental heat transfer studies and engineering education. She is the Chair of the Council on Undergraduate Research Engineering Division and recently served as the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in STEM Education at the University of Calgary, Alberta. Before joining academia, Heather Dillon worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) as a senior research engineer working on both energy efficiency and renewable energy systems, where she received the US Department of Energy Office of Science Outstanding Mentor Award. Heather loves working on projects that support EM with students. She is helping the team manage the engineering faculty development side of the project - How do we help engineering faculty adopt best practices for EM assessment?