Who evaluates WGU performance assessments?

Qualified WGU faculty members evaluate all student performance assessments. Click below to be transported to any section to learn more about the expertise of each evaluation faculty team.

Composition & Communication
Humanities, Literature, and Social Sciences
Undergraduate Business, Marketing, Ethics and Law
Undergraduate Business, Accounting and Finance
Graduate Business (MBA, MSML and MS Accounting)
MBA Healthcare and Health Informatics
Information Technology
Nursing & Health Professions
Math (Teacher Education + General Education)
Science (Teacher Education + General Education)
Effective Teaching Practices: Reading & Language Arts Teaching Methods, Children’s Literature, and E...
Effective Teaching Practices: Math, Science, Social Science, Health, Visual and Performing Arts
Effective Teaching Practices: Instructional Presentation for Elementary Education and Special Educat...
Foundations of Teaching
Masters of Education: Curriculum and Instruction/Education Leadership
Field Experiences
edTPA/PCE2
Teachers College Capstones
Information Technology Capstones
Nursing Capstones
Business Capstones

Composition & Communication


Evaluation faculty in the General Education Composition and Communications team evaluate assessments that are both written and presented via video. All evaluators—gauging students’ skills in basic information retrieval, source documentation, oral presentation, and writing for different audiences culminating in a research paper—have both undergraduate and Master’s degrees ranging from English and Journalism to requisite teacher training in Communication and Language Arts. Three members of the team have achieved terminal degrees in Communication, Playwriting, and Creative Writing, respectively.
 
Many team members have taught or are teaching at the high school level, and 11 of them have current or past experience at the secondary level at community colleges and/or universities other than WGU. This team of dedicated professionals also includes communications directors for large agencies, teachers of international students, and engaged colleagues involved with non-profit agencies. Additionally, when not devoting themselves to evaluation of student work, many team members stay busy by writing plays, poetry, or short stories.
 
Humanities, Literature, and Social Sciences


Evaluation faculty in the General Education Humanities team work with student assessments in the area of Humanities. All of these professionals have obtained Master’s degrees, involving such interesting pursuits as Historic Preservation, Liberal Arts—the History of Ideas, and Sculpture. Team members have classroom experience at the university level as well as the junior high and high school levels, and they have pursued specialties as diverse as historic resource consulting, history and humanities teacher, life coach, author, and national workshop leader. They are highly-qualified subject matter experts and love their role in helping students achieve success at WGU.
 
Literature evaluation faculty evaluate assessments in Reading Critically and Interpreting Literature. All team members possess Master’s degrees, ranging from Creative Writing to Medieval and Renaissance Languages and Literature. Roughly 66 percent of these evaluators have teaching certificates, and the remaining team members all have teaching experience in various online and community colleges. The Literature team has pursued specialties in teaching ESL, writing and grammar, literacy skills, curriculum development, and differentiated instruction for gifted students. Evaluators, in addition to their efforts with WGU students, contribute to their communities as founders of international literature societies, summer program instructors, writers, teachers, and actors.
 
Evaluation faculty for Social Sciences engage with students and their assessments in the areas of U.S. and World History, Social Science, Issues in Behavioral Science, and Education and Pedagogy lesson plans. Nearly a third of these evaluators have obtained terminal degrees, ranging from doctorates in Early Modern Europe to Curriculum and Instruction. Master’s-level evaluators comprise the remaining 69 percent of the core team. All team members have classroom experience in the U.S. and abroad, whether as elementary, middle, and high school teachers or at the college level. Team members have pursued specialties as diverse as media technology, history, humanities, economics, sociology, psychology, world religions, and political science, in addition to the disciplined attention they bring to WGU student evaluations.
 
Undergraduate Business, Marketing, Ethics, and Law


Through continued dedication and training, the expert evaluators in the Undergraduate Business team strive to provide high-quality evaluations for the future business professional. Team members evaluate performance assessments in Business Law, Leadership, Ethical Situations in Business, Marketing, and Business Research & Writing. Some 28 percent of evaluators have terminal degrees—including Juris Doctors and PhDs in Organizational Leadership, Higher Education, and Business. The remaining 72 percent have earned Master’s degrees in such areas as Business Administration, Public Administration, Management, Leadership Development, Accounting, and Human Resources. Areas of emphasis include Leadership, Entrepreneurial Studies, International Management, Criminal Justice, and more. The team has pursued various licenses, including Strategic Workforce Planning, Certificates to teach Business Education, Professional Certified Marketer, Six Sigma Black Belt, State Bars, and Professional in Human Resources (PHR), to name but a few.  
 
The majority of this team of professionals spend their days working in a variety of capacities in the business field. These range from practicing litigators, business owners, and managers to business law consultants, marketers, faculty, and recruiters. The team also counts among its members a retired director of Human Resources with 25 years of experience and an evaluator who works for the Department of Defense. Such perspectives, gleaned from diverse business applications, contribute to the efficacy of evaluating WGU students’ business assessments.
 
Undergraduate Business, Accounting and Finance


The team of evaluators in the Undergrad Business College evaluates assessments in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Budgeting, Economics, and Quantitative Analysis. Our diverse group of evaluators all hold Master’s degrees ranging from Economics and Finance to Structural Engineering. Several team members hold terminal degrees—in Educational and Organizational Leadership and in Business Administration, for instance—with the majority having earned an MBA (emphasis relevant to an area of the Business College).
 
Many team members have certifications, with 16 percent holding a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation. Other certificates achieved by these evaluators who are leaders in their industries include: Project Management Professional, Certified Defense Financial Manager, Certificate in Federal Financial Management - Management Concepts, and Certified Fraud Examiner. A quick examination of professional experience reveals these examples, to share just a few: a finance executive with over 20 years of finance accounting, tax and investment stewardship who now owns and operates a fiduciary and investment firm; a project manager for a structural engineering consulting firm as well as for the U.S. government; and an evaluator with over 15 years of leadership in corporate financial planning and accounting controllership for Fortune 100 companies.
 
Team members have a strong desire to be part of the educational experience of each student. Rest assured that each evaluation is handled by a professional with a background and experience relevant to these assessments, promoting the future success of WGU and all it serves.
 
Graduate Business (MBA, MSML and MS Accounting)


The Performance Evaluation team for WGU’s MBA program is comprised of business professionals who have a passion for contributing to the higher education process. The team evaluates all courses within the MBA program. Many of the evaluators are currently working in their fields as business professionals along with their part-time efforts at WGU, while many others have made evaluating at WGU their career.
 
All our evaluators have business degrees at the master’s level. Several evaluators earned their MBAs at WGU. Additionally, ten percent of the team has a second master’s degree in other fields such as engineering, information technology, computer science, and human relations. Another five percent of the team has earned degrees at the doctorate level.
 
Our evaluators have many years of professional business experience in a wide range of industries. Examples include Fortune 500 manufacturing and logistics companies, accounting and financial firms, healthcare, real estate, and government. Many evaluators are small business owners. Several of our evaluators joined WGU as a second career after leaving high-level management positions in a variety of corporations or military service. Our evaluators also hold a wide range of certifications including CPA (Certified Public Accountant), ISO 9001, Six Sigma, APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CHPC (Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance), Professional Engineer, and passing various state bars. The wealth of experience and education among our evaluators allows them to evaluate competency with a real-world business perspective.
 
MBA Healthcare and Health Informatics


Evaluators in the College of Information Technology–Health Informatics evaluate assessments in areas such as healthcare compliance, statistics, coding, ethics, accreditation, legal aspects and informatics. 88 percent of team members have earned Master’s degrees in fields ranging from Nursing and Health Services Management to Healthcare Administration and Healthcare Informatics. Additionally, 18 percent of evaluators have obtained terminal degrees, mostly in Business Administration and Health Sciences. Finally, all evaluators in the Health Informatics disciplines hold one or more specialized credentials such as RRT (Respiratory Therapy), RHIA (Registered Health Information Administrator), RHIT (Registered Health Information Technician), RN (Registered Nurse), CPC (Certified Professional Coder), and Black Belt – Six Sigma. Many evaluators hold multiple specialized credentials.
 
The Health Informatics team has collective experience in large healthcare organizations, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies, as well as in education and security. Team members’ varied backgrounds, accrued experience, and real-world healthcare perspectives ideally position them to effectively evaluate student competency and prepare students to learn to embrace the fast pace of change they will encounter in the healthcare environment.

Information Technology


Evaluators in the college of Information Technology have a passion for education and helping students achieve their goals and dreams—graduation! Approximately 15 percent of the team have terminal degrees (or are in ABD status) in Information Technology, IT Management, or Information Systems.
 
The Information Technology team is currently growing to meet the demands of increasing student enrollment and to ensure that it provides consistent and timely evaluations. The team has direct experience with Networking, Security, Database Administration, and Programming. Many evaluators have industry-recognized certifications such as CCNA, CISSP, ISC2, CNE, and MCSE, among many others.
 
IT evaluators have hands-on experience in the field, and a large portion of them currently have leadership positions such as Managers, Network Administrators, and Directors. This experience and expertise in the wide and ever-evolving IT spectrum throughout many industries allow them to provide meaningful evaluations to students.

Nursing and Health Professions


Nursing College evaluators are subject matter experts with a phenomenal range of education and expertise. The assessments they evaluate encompass those taken to earn RN, BSN, pre-licensure BSN, and MSN degrees. These assessments cover topics from critical care to community health, role development for the advanced nurse to advanced nursing ethics, and contemporary nursing issues to evidence-based practice and research.
 
Evaluators with terminal degrees comprise four percent of the team and include Juris Doctorates and Doctors in Nursing Practice (DNP). All team members have graduate degrees, and the range of specialties is impressive: from Healthcare Administration to Nursing Education, Gerontology to Community Health, and Mid-Wifery to Family Practice. All evaluators are Registered Nurses, with licenses across 27 states, and their certifications and expertise cover a wide variety of disciplines—nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and advanced practice RNs.
 
When evaluators are not working in assisted-living facilities, the emergency room, teaching at brick-and-mortar universities, doing clinical researching, or serving in the military, they are “nursing” their passion for taking seriously the critical role of preparing WGU students to become competent nurses who meet and exceed standards in the healthcare industry.
 
Math (Teacher Education + General Education)


The Math Performance Evaluation Team is a group of 30 talented evaluators with a combined 120 years of experience working for WGU. Many of these evaluators, who hail from all parts of the country, work as teachers or administrators in public education settings. They keep busy scoring student submissions in 140 different assessments, covering all levels of Mathematics including Core Math, General Education Math, and Math Pedagogy.
 
Some 90 percent of the team hold degrees in Mathematics or Mathematics Education at the Master’s level, and 16 percent have earned doctorates. The team works hard to fairly and accurately evaluate each Math assessment. While they are not able to get to know students on a personal level, these evaluators take great pride in remembering that each submission comes from an individual with skills, aspirations, and challenges - whether careers are planned in the field of Mathematics or elsewhere in general education.   

Science (Teacher Education + General Education)


The Performance Evaluation Team for Science provides evaluation for assessments and projects in the areas of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Earth and Space Science, Biology, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Human Anatomy and Physiology, and Science Pedagogy, including introductory assessments in all of these disciplines for general education.
 
The team is currently made up of 35 evaluators, 40 percent of whom have obtained a doctorate in their respective field. Team members have MS degrees in Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, and Environmental Science, as well as Master’s degrees in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Secondary Science Teaching.
 
The Science Evaluation team consists of individuals from a wide array of backgrounds, experience and education—including secondary science teachers, analytical chemists, molecular biologists, and engineers and researchers. Additionally, individuals within the team have enjoyed notable career achievements outside of WGU, such as a head research technician in immunology, a researcher who designs and creates respiratory anti-viral compounds, university faculty members, advanced placement high school science teachers, and authorship of numerous articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

Effective Teaching Practices: Reading & Language Arts Teaching Methods, Children’s Literature, and ELL


Evaluation faculty in the Reading and Language Arts Teaching Methods, Children’s Literature, and ELL Departments evaluate written assessments that are submitted in both essay and lesson plan formats to gauge student skills and knowledge in literacy, the oral and written language development of native English-speaking students as well as English Language Learners, assessment of and intervention for literacy acquisition and reading comprehension skills, and the overall lesson planning process. All evaluators in this team have both undergraduate and Master’s degrees ranging from Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Adult, and Special Education to specializations in English as a Second Language, Dyslexia, Reading and Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Counseling, Gifted and Talented, and Educational Leadership.
 
Three members of the team have achieved terminal degrees in Curriculum, Instruction, Management & Administration; Education Leadership; and Teacher Leadership/Early Childhood Curriculum, respectively. Eight of the educators on the team have earned the esteemed honor of being recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
 
All team members have taught or are currently teaching at the early childhood and elementary school levels, and eight of them have current or past secondary-level experience at colleges or universities other than WGU. This team of dedicated professionals also includes published authors/editors, reading coaches and interventionists, counselors, and administrators.

Effective Teaching Practices: Math, Science, Social Science, Health, Visual and Performing Arts


Evaluation faculty in Effective Teaching Practices: Math and Science evaluate assessments in Elementary Math and Science Teaching Methods. All of these professionals have obtained Master’s degrees in these selected fields: American Studies, K-12 Mathematics, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Educational Administration and Supervision, Literacy and Instruction, and Educational Teaching and Learning. Additionally, various evaluators on this team hold terminal degrees, are certified in K-12 Mathematics and Science, and are National Board Certified. Many continue to work in K-12 education as teachers and administrators while also devoting time to evaluating for WGU.
 
Faculty in Effective Teaching Practices: Social Science, Health, and Visual and Performing Arts have achieved Master’s degrees in such disciplines as Educational Leadership, K-12 Education, Educational Administration, Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Guidance and Counseling, and Bilingual Education. Additionally, members of the team hold various terminal degrees in Education and in Teaching and Learning. The majority of faculty members have active teaching certifications, with several being National Board Certified Teachers. All have had extended careers in K-12 Education and/or higher education.
 
Effective Teaching Practices: Instructional Presentation for Elementary Education and Special Education


Evaluation faculty for Teachers College Pedagogy engage with students and their assessments in the areas of Instructional Planning and Strategies in Elementary Education, Math, and Science. Three of these evaluators have obtained terminal degrees, and Master’s-level evaluators comprise the remainder of the core team. All team members have classroom and/or administrative experience in the U.S., whether as elementary, middle, or high school teachers, or as principals or building/district administrators.
 
Team members hold specialty certificates in the following areas: Moderate to Severe Specialist, ECE, Business Education 7-12, Computer Education 7-12, Gifted and Talented Education K-12, Special Education P-4 & K-12, Structured English Immersion, Media Specialist; Licensure in school counseling, Early Childhood, Pre-K-8, ELL Pre-K-12, ESL Endorsement, Technology Endorsement, Administrative K-12, and Reading K-12 certification. The experiences this team brings to evaluation are rich are varied.
 
Evaluation faculty for Teachers College Pedagogy and Special Education engage with students and their assessments in the areas of Instructional Presentation and Follow-up in Elementary Education and Special Education. Team members also evaluate SPED assessments associated with demonstration teaching. One evaluator has obtained a terminal degree in Educational and Cultural Studies; master’s-level evaluators comprise the remainder of the core team. All team members have classroom experience and/or administrative experience, whether as elementary, middle, or high school teachers, or as principals or building/district administrators.
 
Team members hold specialty certificates in the following areas: Special Education Educational Diagnostician; Mid-management Administrator; Multiple Subject Teaching credential; National Certification in Exceptional Needs, Early Childhood through Young Adult; Emotional and Behavioral Disorders K-12; Autism K-12; Communications, Instructional, Language and Academic Development; K-12 School Administrator; and CLAD certificate. This team also brings a rich and varied experience to evaluation at WGU.

Foundations of Teaching


Evaluation faculty in Foundations of Teaching evaluate assessments in Classroom Management, Engagement, and Motivation; Diversity; Cultural Studies; Human Development; Schools & Society; Testing; and Intro to Pre-Clinical Experiences.
 
All evaluators have Master’s degrees in education-related fields (Elementary Education, Special Education, Math Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology, Reading, Library and Information Science, School Administration, Educational Leadership and Policy, and School Counseling). Two team members have completed doctoral degrees, with two more near completion. Many also have additional endorsements and certifications. All Foundations of Teaching evaluators have classroom experience, the majority being in elementary education. Most are current elementary school teachers, a few are retired, and a few are away from the classroom as they raise their own children.


Masters of Education: Curriculum and Instruction/Education Leadership


Evaluators in the college of Masters of Education, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, and Masters in Education Leadership evaluate assessments in areas such as research, leadership, curriculum and technology.
 
There are currently 41 evaluators in this department, with 40 holding terminal degrees (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) and one ABD. All evaluators have taught in the K-12 and/or university setting, and over half of these team members have been or are currently school administrators or superintendents. This team consists of dedicated professionals with varied backgrounds, rich educational achievement, and accrued professional experiences that make them ideally suited to evaluate student competency.

Field Experiences


The Field Experiences team consists of educators who work with WGU students as they complete their professional teaching portfolios. Some of our educators work with Early Childhood Education students, others assist both graduate and undergraduate students in completing demonstration teaching requirements.
 
Team members have undergraduate and graduate degrees including Educational Leadership, Child Development, Curriculum Design, Special Education, Instruction, and Writing. Two members hold terminal degrees. Some have additional endorsements in areas such as English as a Second Language and Administration. Moreover, Field Experiences team members have classroom experience at all levels: preschool, elementary, and secondary. Some of these educators have roles in brick and mortar universities and have mentored new teachers. Others have helped students with a range of special needs such as dyslexia, ADHD and autism. Several on the team currently teach full-time in their local schools, and other evaluators hold degrees, and are fluent in French, Russian, and Japanese. Each team member is enthusiastic about helping WGU students successfully meet their educational and professional goals.
 
edTPA/PCE2


Evaluation faculty on the edTPA/PCE2 team evaluate student artifacts that are both written and presented via video. All evaluators - gauging students’ proficiency with the edTPA Assessment as well as the competency students demonstrate reflecting on the classroom experience - have Master’s degrees and additional certification. Their degrees are in Elementary and Secondary Education, Early Childhood, and Special Education, and many team members have received National Board Certification.
 
All of these evaluators have taught for at least five years as a teacher of record in the classroom, and many have enjoyed distinguished careers as educators, including fulfilling administrative roles. Additionally, some edTPA/PCE2 evaluators have received additional training in order to qualify as an official edTPA scorer with this standardized assessment of teaching ability that is now being required in many states.   
 
Teachers College Capstones


Capstone evaluators in the WGU Teachers College provide capstone course mentoring and performance evaluation, as well as conduct oral defenses, for all graduate-level Teachers College students in all currently-offered degree areas including Mathematics, Social Sciences, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, ELL, Special Education, Curriculum, Instructional Design, Technology, and Educational Leadership.
 
All team members have graduate degrees. 72 percent of these evaluators work full-time for WGU and have terminal degrees. Most of these evaluators have served as university professors of education, and several have functioned as K-12 superintendents, principals, or assistant principals. All members on this team of highly professional educators have taught at elementary or secondary education venues, represent a broad spectrum of specialties, and are very student-centric.
 
 
Information Technology Capstones


Evaluators in IT Capstones evaluate the undergraduate and graduate capstone assessments in Information Technology. The capstone, typically students’ final performance assessment, demonstrates students’ abilities to integrate and synthesize competencies from domains across their degree program.
 
All IT team members have graduate degrees, and 75 percent have terminal degrees (or are ABD) in Information Technology. The entire team, dedicated and passionate in providing meaningful feedback that helps students achieve their graduation goals, has extensive experience working in the Information Technology field as well as in academia. Some evaluators are certified in industry-standard certifications in Database, Networking, Security, and Software.
 
Nursing Capstones


The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Capstone Evaluator team is comprised of registered nurses holding licenses that span numerous states. Each MSN capstone evaluator has significant work experience in academic and clinical settings. Prior to this evaluator position, each member held one or more faculty position (both on-ground and online) serving diverse student populations at the pre-licensure, BSN, MSN, and/or doctoral levels.
 
The MSN capstone evaluators are also subject matter experts within their respective areas of clinical or academic focus, and some hold national certification reflecting such expertise. Their professional certifications and expertise cover a wide variety of nursing discipline - nurse practitioner, nurse educator, and advanced practice RN. Furthermore, 100 percent of team members hold not only a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, but also a terminal degree, including the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (Ph.D.), or the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).
 
All MSN Capstone Evaluator use their extensive background, skill, and experience in research and evidence-based practice to evaluate assessments encompassing those required for both the written and the oral Capstones in either the MSN-Education or the MSN-Leadership & Management specialty track.
 
Business Capstones


The experience of Business Capstone faculty members is distinguished and diverse, including executive-level business leaders, published authors, business consultants, certified public accountants, legal counsel, and master professors. Together, the team brings diverse cultural understanding as well as extensive experience as industry practitioners. Faculty members are well-versed in established and emerging areas of business and are committed to ensuring the kind of intellectual inquiry and discovery necessary to facilitate a strong foundation for success in business.
 
All Business Capstone team members hold advanced degrees, and a majority of the team has earned doctoral status. The professional commitment of team members is evident in their actions toward helping students achieve their academic goals while modeling a commitment to lifelong learning. When not evaluating, Business Capstone team members may be presenting at academic conferences, submitting for publication in academic journals, and seeking opportunities to further expand their knowledge in emerging areas of business. The team’s academic accolades complement significant global business experience across primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors. Team members have held leadership roles in various industries including agriculture, education, healthcare, information technology, government, and manufacturing.

 

 



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