Melissa Demetrikopoulos

Professional Title
Chair, Division of Program Development and Assessment
About Me (Bio)
I have extensive experience in program development to enhance academic support and research opportunities for underrepresented minorities and have participated on previous research projects examining strategies that support student success in research. I am a member of the American Evaluation Association and listed in the Directory of Evaluators through the Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University as well as being listed on the Informal Science web site that NSF suggests investigators utilize in order to find assessment consultants. I am currently an external evaluator for a number of projects including undergraduate educational programs at Morehouse College, Emory University, University of Tennessee, Valdosta State University, and Delaware State University as well as graduate student education projects at the University of Tennessee, and Delaware State University. I have served as the evaluator for both federally funded projects (NSF and NIH) as well as privately funded projects (HHMI). I have extensive experience evaluating various workforce training and professional development projects including those supporting under-represented minorities. Additionally, I have extensive experience evaluating programs that have a biomedical content area focus. I specialize in mixed methods program evaluation which includes both quantitative and qualitative analysis for both formative and summative assessment. My training includes degrees in chemistry, psychology, and neuroscience and my teaching experience bridges these areas. My training and prior experience with both biomedical content areas, program development, and mixed methods assessment have prepared me to substantively contribute to this project.
Morehouse College

This project recruited high school African American males to begin preparation for science, technology, engineering and mathematics teaching careers. The goal of the program was to recruit and prepare students for careers in secondary mathematics and science teaching thus increasing the number of African Americans students in STEM. The research will explore possible reasons why the program is or is not successful for recruiting and retaining students in STEM Teacher Education programs