Kate McConnell

Assistant Vice President for Research and Assessment, Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment, AAC&U


Dr. Kate McConnell is the Assistant Vice President for Research and Assessment at AAC&U.  Kate began this position after serving in several capacities at Virginia Tech, including most recently as its inaugural Director of Assessment in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs.  Kate's work focuses on using course-embedded assessment to improve teaching and learning while also addressing accountability and accreditation requirements. 

With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in History from Providence College, McConnell brings to her new position at AAC&U extensive experience in assessment and evaluation, including working with college faculty to use assessment findings to improve learning and increase the effectiveness of academic and advising programs, HIPs like first-year experiences and undergraduate research, and general education courses and programs.  She has additional experience working on Virginia Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan and has experience with the evaluation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education projects funded by the National Science Foundation, including serving as co-PI for an NSF STEP grant.  She has served as president of the statewide Virginia Assessment Group and has been a leader in Virginia’s LEAP State activities. Kate also was affiliate faculty in Virginia Tech's graduate program in educational psychology, and taught courses on cognition, information processing, and college teaching.

Areas of Expertise: 
Course-Embedded Assessment, Aligning Pedagogy with Assessment Efforts, Rubrics, Faculty Development, Leveraging the Learning Sciences in the Classroom