- Franklin & Marshall CollegeSenior Associate Dean for Planning and Analysis of Student Outcomes, 2012 - presentResponsible for facilitating the integration of planning, projects, programs, and relationships designed to advance F&M’s mission by improving student access, transition, and success. Collaborate with faculty, staff, students, and external communities to advance the College and reform higher education through continuous improvement of student success strategies using evidence-based practices.
- Educational Testing ServiceDirector of NAEP Background Questionnaire Research and Development, 2009 - 2012Direct research and development of student, teacher, and school questionnaires for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas. Conducting school intervention research to evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based programmatic activities designed to encourage and prepare adolescents to pursue college and professional careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
- Princeton UniversityProject Director, Evaluation Specialist, and Forum Coordinator, 2006 - 2009Directed longitudinal multi-institution educational research and policy study of over 12,000 college students regarding their experiences with diverse education environments. Developed and managed processes and tools for student outcomes assessments and program evaluation including in-depth semi-structured interview protocols for staff and students, student tracking database, internal and external statistical information requests. Organized and oversaw working forum of over 100 leading professionals in the fields of college access, preparation, and student support.
- APPRISE (Applied Public Policy Research for Study and Evaluation)Senior Policy Analyst, 2003 - 2006Functioned in project management and analyst roles in a variety of research projects including process and impact evaluations.
- Ernst & YoungSenior Public Accountant (Audit), 1995 - 1998
I work to empower individuals and communities to better themselves and the rest of humanity through education and civic engagement. I engage and encourage others to obtain and exchange empirical as well as experiential evidence that can be used to improve human capital development in the United States and beyond.
I have passionate interests in a broad range of public and social issues as well as scholarly and applied expertise in education, sociology, and social psychology. For over 10 years, I have leveraged the power of qualitative and quantitative research methods to collect, analyze, and report data in ways that improve outcomes for students and organizations.
As an award-winning writer and instructor, I've been recognized for quickly engaging audiences, establishing rapport, and developing harmonious relationships with diverse individuals from all backgrounds, constituencies and organizational levels.
For more information about the research and applied work that I've done and the work I will continue to do with my colleagues and fellow leaders at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M) and as part of the Pahara Aspen Education Fellows, please visit my F&M website at: http://www.fandm.edu/donnell-butler.
- Princeton University2009
- Franklin and Marshall College1995