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Michelle A. Bakerson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Research
Secondary Education & Foundations of Education
Office: EA 2237
Phone: (574) 520-4391
Fax: (574) 520-4550
Email: mbakerso@iusb.edu

Michelle Bakerson received her Ph.D. in Evaluation, Measurement and Research Design from Western Michigan University, home of the Evaluation Center.  She has earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a focus in Organizational Analysis from Western Michigan University.   She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University.  Also, as part of her educational background, she has received K-8 teacher certification with Science and English teachable in self-contained classrooms.   Michelle Bakerson currently owns Evaluation, Research and Consulting Firm and is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research at Indiana University South Bend.  In addition she is the Chair of the Assessment Committee and the WEAVEonline Administrator for the IU South Bend regional campus.  She is regularly invited to teach class sessions on non-experimental quantitative research designs at Western Michigan University and IU South Bend.  Dr. Bakerson’s research interest lie strongly in assessment both program assessment and student learning outcomes. 

Educational Background:

2009    Ph.D.  Evaluation, Measurement and Research Design Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Dissertation Thesis:  Persistence and Success:  A Study of Cognitive, Social, and Institutional Factors Related to Retention of Kalamazoo Promise Recipients at Western Michigan University.

2005    Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership - Organizational Analysis Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, Major concentration in evaluation.

1998    Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Science and English Endorsement

1993    Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, Major concentration in organizational behavior.

Classes Taught:

  • Research Exit Project Elementary (EDUC-E591)
  • Research Exit Project Secondary (EDUC-S591)
  • Introduction to Research (EDUC-P503)
  • Assessment in Schools (EDUC-P507)
  • Psychological Measurement in the Schools (EDUC-P407)
  • Introduction to Teaching (EDUC-F100)

Research Interest:

  • Program assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Non-response bias
  • Using assessment to measure educational impact
  • Educational teaching strategies

Campus/Community Service:

  • Chair, Assessment Committee
  • Administrator, WEAVEonline
  • Member, NSSE Steering Committee
  • Member, IUSB Adhoc Committee of General Education Assessment
  • Member, Higher Learning Commission Planning Committee
  • Member, Strategic Planning Advisory Council
  • Member, ED-IRB Task Force
  • Organizer, Bi-annual Graduate Research Conference
  • Member, Co-teaching Research and Grant Committee

Publications:

Mansfield, M., & Bakerson, M. (2012).  Persistence Rates at IVY Tech Community College: A Report on Previous Perceptions in Congruence with Achieve the Dream Data.  In S. Whalen (Ed.), Proceedings of the 8th National Symposium on Student Retention, 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana (pp. 280-291). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma. (Blind Review)

Larrier, Y., Kijai, J., Bakerson, M., Walker, L.,* Linton, J., Woolford-Hunt, C., Sallinen, B.J. & Woolford, S. (2012, July/Aug.). School counselors’ perspectives of the barriers and facilitators associated with their involvement in childhood obesity epidemic:  A national K-12 survey.  American Journal of Health Education, Vol. 43, No. 4, pp. 218-224.

Chang, N., Watson, B., Bakerson, M, Williams, E., McGoron, F., and Spitzer, B.  (2012, June). Electronic Feedback or Handwritten Feedback: What Do Undergraduate Students Prefer and Why?  Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology, Vol.1, No. 1, pp. 1-23. Retrieved from http://jotlt.indiana.edu/article/view/2043/1996 (Blind Review) (Invited Article).

Larrier, Y., Bakerson, M., Linton, J., Walker, L.,* & Woolford, S.  (2011). The role of school counselors in the childhood obesity epidemic. Journal of School Counseling, 9(3). Retrieved from http://www.jsc.montana.edu/articles/v9n3.pdf  (Blind Review)

Bakerson, M., (2010).  A Universal Scholarship Program’s Effect on Cognitive, Social and Institutional Factors of Retention. In R. Hayes (Ed.), Proceedings of the 6th National Symposium on Student Retention, 2010, Mobile, Alabama (pp. 318-329). Norman, OK: The University of Oklahoma. (Blind Review)

Presentations:

Mansfield, M. & Bakerson, M.  (2012, Oct.)  Persistence Rates at IVY Tech Community College: A Report on Previous Perceptions in Congruence with Achieve the Dream Data. Paper presented at the Eighth Annual National Symposium on Student Retention held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Bakerson, M. (2012, Oct.). Survey Non-response Error:  Responsible Decision Making and Its Implications on Evaluation Findings.  Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association at Evaluation in Complex Ecologies, Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bakerson, M. (2012, Oct.). Evaluating K-12 Foreign Language Enrollment:  Effects on Standardized Tests and Teacher Attitudes.  Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association at Evaluation in Complex Ecologies, Relationships, Responsibilities, Relevance; Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Bakerson, M.  (2011, Nov).  A Model of Total Survey Error:  Examining the Inferential Value in Survey and Questionnaire Data and its Implications on Evaluation Findings.  Paper presented to the American Evaluation Association at Evaluation Quality; Anaheim, California.

Bakerson, M.  (2011, Nov).  Evaluating K-12 Professional Development:  English as a Second Language (ESL) Coaching and Inclusion. Paper was presented to the American Evaluation Association at Evaluation Quality; Anaheim, California.

Larrier, Y., & Bakerson, M. (2011, June). Weight 4 Me! Ways to Not Leave Obese Students Behind.  Paper was presented at the American School Counselors Association’s National Conference, Seattle, Washington.

Larrier, Y., Bakerson, M., & Larrier, I. (2011, June). Re-Engage the Disengaged! Recharge, Rev-up and Reconnect Using Problem Based Guidance Lessons:  A Dropout Prevention Approach.  Paper was presented at the American School Counselors Association’s National Conference, Seattle, Washington.