June 2016Vol 19, Issue 6

Diversity - Congratulations to the 2015-16 GEDI Cohort!
From Zachary Grays, AEA Headquarters

The Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI) commencement at Summer Institute 2016 marked another year of GEDI excellence and the continued expansion of diversity in evaluation. A mainstay at the institute, the GEDI commencement celebrates the current cohort's successful completion of the rigorous program requirements. Joining the alumni ranks of the more than 60 successful GEDI graduates, this year's impressive cohort (the 13th cohort, to be exact) is eager to impart their newly acquired expertise on the world.

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In This Issue
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Potent Presentations Initiative
AEA Feminist TIG and EvalGender+
Announcing the 2015 AEA Research on Evaluation Award Winner
New Jobs & RFPs
Quick Links
Potent Presentations Initiative - Glossophobia: Worse Than Spiders?
From Sheila B. Robinson, Potent Presentations Initiative Coordinator 

I'll speak to an audience of thousands before I let a spider come anywhere near me. It is often and widely shared that a fear of public speaking is more common than a fear of death, spiders, darkness, or heights. It is estimated that close to 75 percent of us have glossophobia  the medical term for fear of public speaking  and it affects all genders equally. Becoming a comfortable public speaker is an essential skill and costs little or nothing, especially if you're resourceful. If you suffer from some degree of public speaking anxiety, the good news is that there is no shortage of good advice available for dealing with it.

AEA Feminist TIG and EvalGender+: Together for Evaluation of SDGs Through Gender Equality and Equity Lenses
From Svetlana Negroustoueva, The Feminist Thematic Interest Group

My name is Svetlana Negroustoueva and I have been co-chair of the Feminist Evaluation TIG for almost three years. I have been lucky enough to be co-chair at this very exciting time for feminist evaluation and gender-responsive, equity-focused evaluations; namely, the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These 17 goals replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were in effect from 2000-2015, and provide an ambitious set of targets to guide international development through 2030.

Announcing the 2015 AEA Research on Evaluation Award Winner
AEA honored seven individuals at its 2015 Awards Luncheon in Chicago in November 2015. Honored this year were recipients in six categories who are involved in cutting-edge evaluation/research initiatives that have impacted citizens around the world. We will spotlight each award winner in upcoming issues. In this issue, we extend our congratulations to William Shadish.

William Shadish, Distinguished Professor, University of California, Merced
2015 AEA Research on Evaluation Award
William R. Shadish was a distinguished professor and founding faculty member at the University of California, Merced. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Santa Clara University in 1972 and his M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) degrees from Purdue University in clinical psychology with a minor in statistics and measurement. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in methodology and program evaluation at Northwestern University from 1978-1981. His recent research interests included experimental and quasi-experimental design, the empirical study of methodological issues, program evaluation, and the methodology and practice of meta-analysis. He co-authored (with T.D. Cook & D.T. Campbell, 2002) Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference, (with T.D. Cook & L.C. Leviton, 1991) Foundations of Program Evaluation, and (with L. Robinson & C. Lu, 1997) ES: A Computer Program and Manual for Effect Size Calculation. He co-edited seven other volumes and authored nearly 200 articles and chapters.

He was the founding secretary-treasurer of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (2005-2010) and served as president in 2014. He was 2015 president of the Society for Multivariate Experimental Psychology and 1997 president of the American Evaluation Association. He was winner of the 1994 Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for Evaluation Theory from the American Evaluation Association, the 2000 Robert Ingle Award for service to the American Evaluation Association, the 1994 and 1996 Outstanding Research Publication Awards from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the 2002 Donald T. Campbell Award for Innovations in Methodology from the Policy Studies Organization, the 2009 Frederick Mosteller Award for Lifetime Contributions to Systematic Reviews from the Campbell Collaboration, and the 2011 Ingram Olkin Award for Lifetime Contributions to Systematic Reviews from the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology. He was a fellow of the American Psychological Association, associate editor of American Psychologist, past-associate editor of Multivariate Behavioral Research, and past editor of New Directions for Evaluation.

"I am deeply honored to receive this award. AEA shaped my career more than any other professional organization, with mentors and great colleagues, and with the opportunity to learn how to serve the needs of Society," said William Shadish.

William Raymond Shadish, Jr. passed away on March 27, 2016. He is survived by his wife, friends, and students and colleagues in the UC Merced family. He leaves behind his legacy as a respected, extraordinary, and distinguished scholar who made a broad impact not only in psychological sciences, but also in other behavioral and health sciences. His work has been cited more than 22,500 times.
New Jobs & RFPs from AEA's Career Center
What's new this month in the AEA Online Career Center? The following positions have been added recently: 
  • Manager of Data and Evaluation at D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative (Washington, D.C.)
  • Internal Evaluator/Assessment Specialist at Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • External Evaluator at Madison Area Technical College (Madison, Wisconsin)
  • Research Evaluation and Impacts Manager at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (Portland, Oregon)
  • Program Associate - Research and Evaluation at Children and Family Futures (Lake Forest, California)
  • Senior Researcher at (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Research Assistant II at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services (Pasadena, California)
  • Senior Statistician at 2M Research Services LLC (Arlington, Texas)
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