University of Vermont

Faculty Biography

Faculty Biography | Jennifer Jewiss

Jennifer Jewiss

Jennifer Jewiss, Ed.D.Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
204B Mann Hall
(802) 656-2711

Dr. Jewiss specializes in qualitative research and collaborative approaches to program evaluation. She has conducted numerous evaluations of human service, environmental, education, and health initiatives supported through federal, state, and foundation funding. Her work often informs the development of new programs and the improvement of existing programs. Several recent projects have been conducted in partnership with the Conservation Study Institute of the National Park Service. Dr. Jewiss has taught a graduate course on program evaluation, as well as a seminar exploring different perspectives on poverty and how organizational leaders can better serve those living in poverty. Dr. Jewiss regularly presents at the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) national conferences where she serves as co-chair of AEA's Qualitative Methods group. In addition, she is currently co-editing a book for Jossey-Bass/Wiley, which is tentatively titled, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation Practice.

Areas of Expertise:

Assessment and Evaluation; Research Methods


Selected Publications

  • Jewiss, J. & Picard, L.V. (2010). Strategies for building local literacy coalitions as seen through a social capital lens. Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal 4(1), 47-51.
  • Jewiss, J. & Clark/Keefe, K. (2007). On a personal note: Practical pedagogical activities to foster the development of "reflective practitioners." American Journal of Evaluation, 28, 334-347.  [abstract]
  • Gajda, R., & Jewiss, J. (2004). Thinking about how to evaluate your program? These strategies will get you started. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 9(8). Available on-line from
  • Goodyear, L., Barela, E., Jewiss, J., & Usinger, J. (In preparation). Qualitative Inquiry in the Practice of Evaluation. Jossey-Bass.  [abstract]

Selected Presentations

  • Jewiss, J., Laven, D., Mitchell, N., Diamant, R., & Marts, C. (2009, November). A National Park and Affiliated "Think Tank" Critically Reflect on Their First Decade: Client and Evaluator Perspectives on the Lessons Learned. Annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Jewiss. J. (2009, November). Dark Chocolate, Red Wine, and Other Things You Enjoy Evaluating on a Regular Basis. In Perry, K. et al., Proven and Creative Techniques for Teaching Evaluation. Demonstration session at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Jewiss, J., Laven, D. N., & Mitchell, N. J. (2008, November). National Heritage Areas: Building a Cyclic Program Theory Model from Qualitative Data and Practitioner Knowledge. Annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.
  • Laven, D. N., Mitchell, N. J., & Jewiss, J. L. (2008, June). Evaluating National Heritage Areas: From Models to Measurement. 14th International Symposium on Society & Resource Management, Burlington, VT.
  • Jewiss, J. (2007, November). Using Interview Excerpts to Illustrate & Personalize a Program's Implementation Theory. Presentation at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Baltimore, MD.


  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Vermont

Professional Associations

  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)