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Faculty Biography | Jennifer Jewiss

Jennifer Jewiss

Jennifer Jewiss, Ed.D.Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
204B Mann Hall
(802) 656-2711
Jennifer.Jewiss@uvm.edu

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 National Park Service Stewardship Institute. 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 Topical Interest Group. In addition, she recently co-edited a book titled, Qualitative Inquiry in Evaluation: From Theory to Practice (Jossey-Bass, 2014).

Areas of Expertise:

Assessment and Evaluation; Research Methods

Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Laven, D., Mitchell, N., Jewiss, J., & Barrett, B. (2015). Lessons learned from U.S. experience with regional landscape governance: Implications for conservation and protected areas. In R. Gambino & A. Peano (Eds.), Nature policies and landscape policies: Towards an alliance (pp. 323-330). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Goodyear, L., Jewiss, J., Usinger, J., & Barela, E. (Eds.). (2014). Qualitative inquiry in evaluation: From theory to practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  [abstract]
  • Laven, D., Jewiss, J., & Mitchell, N. (2013). Toward landscape-scale stewardship and development: A theoretical framework of United States National Heritage Areas. Society & Natural Resources: An International Journal.
  • 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 http://PAREonline.net.

Selected Presentations

  • Goodyear, L., Jewiss, J., Usinger, J., & Barela, E. (2014, October). Qualitative inquiry in the practice of evaluation: Perspectives on theory and practice. Panel presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO.
  • Goodyear, L., Jewiss, J., Usinger, J., & Barela, E. (2013, October). Considerations for the new evaluator when incorporating qualitative inquiry into evaluation practice. Panel presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Washington, DC.
  • Jewiss, J., Laven, D., & Stanfield McCown, R. (2012, October). A participants-eye-view of program development: How an evolving program theory model came to life through annual interviews with participants in a developmental evaluation. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Jewiss, J. (2011, November). Supporting innovation and innovators: Ruminations on the role of developmental evaluation in the National Park Service. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, Anaheim, CA.
  • Goodyear, L., Jewiss, J., Usinger, J., & Barela, E. (2010, November). Quality in evaluation: How do we "know it when we see it" in qualitative evaluations? Panel presented at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, San Antonio, TX.

Education

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

Professional Associations

  • American Evaluation Association (AEA)