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Dr. Felix Wao

Dr. Felix Wao

Dr. Felix Wao is the Founding Director of the Office of Academic Assessment at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Working collaboratively with faculty across all disciplines, he oversees and supports academic quality efforts including strategies for direct, performance-based assessment of student learning for academic programs and the core curriculum that reflect current trends and best practices in higher education. He chairs the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Learning Outcomes Assessment (PACLOA) and is a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on General Education (PACGEO), and Academic Program Review Committee. His current research focuses on strategies for blending assessment processes and analytics to enhance student learning at the institutional and program levels.

Dr. Wao joined OU in 2013 after serving as Founding Director of Assessment at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.  Previously, he was Associate Director of Assessment at the University of South Florida (USF) for more than 5 years where he oversaw the development and implementation of assessment of academic programs and administrative units, coordinated assessment of the general education program, and played a key role in development of a system to manage assessment of academic programs and administrative units.  He co-chaired both Academic Assessment Council and Administrative Assessment Council and was a member of Florida Board of Governor’s work group that oversaw the review of statewide assessment policies for undergraduate programs. He has taught graduate courses in Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation as well as undergraduate course in Social Science Statistics. 

Dr. Wao has published and given numerous conference presentations on various themes of learning outcomes assessment in higher education at regional, national and international assessment and research conferences including Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Assessment Institute, Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and World Journalism Education Congress.  He holds a BS in Mathematics and Religious Studies from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, MA and PhD in Higher Education Administration and Policy Studies from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Peer Review Corps and a Mentor of the HLC Assessment Academy.

Alex Brunot

Alex Brunot

Alex Brunot, M.A., is a third-year doctoral student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a Quantitative Psychology minor working under Dr. Shane Connelly. His research focuses on the characteristics and outcomes of charismatic leadership as well as individual ethicality in the workplace. Alex is currently a research assistant on a U.S. Military funded project assessing negative behaviors in the Army and conducting two different scale validation studies concerning leadership and individual ethicality. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Assessment, Alex coordinated state and federally funded research on innovative tobacco cessation methods at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Catherine Bain

Catherine Bain

Catherine Bain is a second-year doctoral student in Quantitative Psychology working under Dr. Jordan Loeffelman. Her research focus is two parts: 1) the application of exact (e.g. complete enumeration) and approximate (e.g. genetic algorithm) algorithms for a variety of combinatorial optimization problems and 2) the applications of machine learning techniques (e.g. LASSO, Elastic Net, Random Forest, SVM) on various variable selection problems. She is currently working on a project assessing the performance of machine learning techniques on a variable selection problem with possible applications to shorten diagnostic sets while minimizing misclassification. Catherine has also worked with institutions like the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) assessing more sociological concepts like role strain, role enhancement, and racial and gender biases.