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Learning Commons Faculty Fellows Announcement

The Learning Commons and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CET&L) are excited to announce the launch of our first-ever Faculty Fellow research project. Dr. Amy Farley and Dr. Chris Swoboda from the School of Education will be collaborating with our offices and other campus partners over the next three years to explore student success mechanisms in Great Gateway courses. They will research the supports offered by both the Learning Commons and CET&L to identify student-level and course-level variables predictive of student success, as well as institutional barriers that may impact specific groups of students or fields of study. 

Amy N. Farley, PhD

Amy N. Farley is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses broadly on equity in P-20 education systems and how K-12 and postsecondary policies impact access and opportunity. She pays particular attention to school and university reform; high-stakes data use, measurement, and assessment; and the disparate impact of policies on certain populations. One current project focuses on understanding student success within legal education, paying particular attention to early predictors that enable intervention and universal trends that might ensure greater access to the law profession for all students. That research was recently highlighted in the Wall Street Journal and published in the Journal for Empirical Legal Studies.

Dr. Farley has a history of productive research collaborations and a diverse publication record, including highly regarded peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Harvard Educational Review and Educational Evaluation & Policy Analysis) and numerous book chapters, policy monographs, and technical reports. She has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $2M in external and internal research funding, including nearly $400k in research funding and $375k in programmatic grants since her appointment at UC.

Chris Swoboda, PhD

Dr. Swoboda is an Associate Professor of Quantitative Research Methodology and the current Associate Director of the Research Methods subunit of the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati after earning his PhD in Educational Psychology - Quantitative Methods from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2011. Dr. Swoboda aligns his passions as a researcher, educator, mentor and leader around ensuring high quality research is used to better the lives of our community. His primary research interest is in developing and applying rigorous quantitative research and data science tools in impactful settings. These projects have a substantial record of scholarship, community impact and over $3 million dollars in grant funding, including topic areas such as higher education (including legal education), literacy, autism, obesity and substance use.