Dianne Raubenheimer

Director of Research, Planning and Assessment

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Areas of Expertise

  • Assessment  - student learning, course and program outcomes assessment
  • Program evaluation – evaluation of programs, particularly in the STEM disciplines
  • Teaching pedagogy and student learning

Dianne has over thirty years of experience working in educational institutions (universities and non-governmental organisations) focusing particularly on assessment and program evaluation; faculty development; teacher preparation; science and mathematics education; curriculum development; and educational program delivery.

Prior to joining the Meredith College staff in December 2011, Dianne served as Director of Assessment for NC State University’s College of Engineering, a position she held from 2005. When Dianne first arrived in the USA from South Africa, she taught courses in Educational Studies at Brescia University in Kentucky, a position she assumed in 1998. In South Africa she taught at the University of Natal, Durban and prior to that also held senior positions in non-governmental organizations focusing on enhancing science and math teacher education. 

Dianne has extensive experience in educational research design and in working with faculty to conduct research within courses they are teaching, as well as with the assessment of students, courses and programs. She also brings experience in formative and summative program evaluation. Dianne works as an educational consultant and is currently serving (or has served) as external evaluator on many educational research and development grants, including a number of NSF grants.


Academic Credentials

  • • Doctor or Philosophy: Educational Leadership and Organizational Development (Higher Education): University of Louisville

Earlier degree(s) - Awarded by the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa

  • Master of Education (Curriculum Development and Evaluation); 
  • Master of Science (Environmental Biology);  ;
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Cell Biology, Animal Behaviour);
  • Bachelor of Science (Cell Biology, Environmental Biology); 
  • Advanced Diploma in Adult Education.

Professional Credentials

Certificate in Developments in Primary Science Education. Centre for Research in Primary Science and Technology (CRIPSAT), University of Liverpool.


Research

  • Research Collaboration - Developing a framework to assess engineering problem solving processes, with Dr. Anita Vila-Parrish, Industrial Engineering, NC State University.
  • Project Consultant – Dr. Moira van Staaden, Bowling Green State University, Ohio; 2-year project focusing on Evidence-Based Teaching Practices used by STEM faculty at BGSU, funded through a NSF WIDER grant, January 2013 to current.
  • External evaluator - Bridging Mathematics Concepts to Engineering Courses: Just-In-Time Assessment and Review (JITAR), with Dr. Hatice Ozturk (Electrical Engineering) and Dr. Alina Duca (Mathematics), NCSU, funded by NSF TUES Program, August 2013.
  • External evaluator - Calculus for Elementary Teachers: an Innovative Context (CELTIC), funded by NSF CCLI Phase 1 grant, with Dr. Karen Keene (STEM Education) and Dr. Alina Duca (Mathematics), NCSU, June 2010 - current.

Awards

  • Awarded best paper in the Industrial Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, 2012.
  • Who’s Who of American Teachers (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005) – multi-year nominations by former students.

Publications

  • Vila-Parrish, A., & Raubenheimer, C.D. (June 2012). Towards developing a framework to assess engineering problem solving processes.  Proceedings of the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, San Antonio, Texas. Awarded best paper in industrial engineering division.
  • Ozturk, H. & Raubenheimer, C.D. (2011). PAT: An online program assessment tool. Paper presented at 2011 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Raubenheimer, C.D., Lavelle, J.P., Leach, M., White, S. & Moses, P. (2011). Engineering student success: A First-year intervention course. Paper presented at 2011 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ho, C. & Raubenheimer, C.D. (2011). Computing-related Self-efficacy: The Roles of Gender, Academic Performance, and Computational Capabilities. Paper presented at 2011 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Vancouver, Canada. Also published in Computers in Education Journal (2011).
  • Raubenheimer, C.D., Weibe, E., & Ho, C. (June 2010). Computational thinking: What should our students know and be able to do? Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Raubenheimer, C.D., Ozturk, H. & Duca, A, (June 2010).  Bridging mathematics concepts to engineering contexts: Just-in-time review modules. Proceedings of the 2010 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Louisville, KY.
  • Raubenheimer, C.D., Craig, A., & Joines, J. (June 2009).  Using computational tools to enhance problem solving. Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Austin,TX. Also published in Computers in Education Journal, (2010), vol20.
  • Weibe, E., Ho, C., Raubenheimer, C.D., Bullard, L., Rouska, G., & Joines, J. (June 2009).  Computing across curricula: The view of industry leaders. Proceedings of the 2009 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Austin,TX.
  • Raubenheimer, C.D., & Young, R. (2008, October). Brazilian engineering exchange program. Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Saratoga, NY.
  • Raubenheimer, C.D., Craig, A., Brent, R. & Joines, J. (June 2008).  Integration of computer-based problem solving into engineering curricula. Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. Also published in Computers in Education Journal, (2009, 19(1), 34-48.
  • Bullard, L., Felder, R., & Raubenheimer, C.D. (June 2008). Effects of active learning on student performance and retention. Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Craig, A., Bullard, L., Joines, J., Miller, C., Raubenheimer, C.D., & Rouskas, G. (June 2008).  Computing across curricula. Proceedings of the 2008 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Raubenheimer, C. D. (2008). Assessment to improve teaching and student learning within a course. In J. S. Spurlin, S. Rayala & J. Lavelle (Eds.), Designing better engineering education through assessment. Sterling, VA: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Raubenheimer, C. D. (2008). Glossary of assessment terms. In J. S. Spurlin, S. Rayala & J. Lavelle (Eds.), Designing better engineering education through assessment. Sterling, A: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Brent, R., Maners, J., Raubenheimer, C. D., & Craig, A. (2007, October). Preparing undergraduates to teach computer applications to engineering freshmen.  Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education Conference, Milwaukee, WI.
  • Raubenheimer, C. D. (2007). A Summative evaluation of ‘International teams in engineering industrial projects: A cooperative manufacturing and production engineering program’.  Raleigh, NC: College of Engineering, NCSU.
  • Raubenheimer, C. D., Spurlin, J., Martin, S., & Mehlenbacher, B.  Faculty in Technology-Rich Contexts: Connecting Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in the Classroom. 2007 UNC TLT Conference Proceedings.
  • Joines, J.A., Roberts, S.R., & Raubenheimer, C.D. (2007). Computer-Based Modeling for Engineers using Excel and VBA. Proceedings of the 2007 American Society for Engineering Education International Conference, Honolulu, Hi.
  • Oliver, K., & Raubenheimer, C. D. (2007, July). Strategies for online concept mapping, part 2. Online Classroom: Ideas for Effective Online Instruction, 2, 1&3.
  • Oliver, K.., & Raubenheimer, C. D. (2007, June). Strategies for online concept mapping, part 1. Online Classroom: Ideas for Effective Online Instruction, 1, 7-8.
  • Myka, J.L. & Raubenheimer, C.D. (2005). Action research implemented to improve Zoology laboratory activities in a freshman biology majors course. Electronic Journal of Science Education, 9(4).
  • Raubenheimer, C.D. (2005). A summative evaluation of the Center for Improvement in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (CIMSTE) at the University of South Africa. . Pretoria, South Africa: CIMSTE, UNISA.
  • Raubenheimer. C. D.  & Myka, J.L. (2005). Using action research to improve college science courses. Journal of College Science Teaching, 36(6), 12-16.
  • Raubenheimer. C. D.  (2004). Cases of university faculty conceptions and practices of teaching, assessment and action research. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation, University of Louisville, KY.
  • Raubenheimer. C. D.  (2004). Lessons from research: Professional development of university science faculty through action research. In D. W. Sunal, E. Wright & J. Bland (Eds.), Research in science education: Reform in undergraduate science teaching for the 21st century. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
  • Raubenheimer, C. D., &  Myka, J. L. (2003). Action research implemented to improve zoology laboratory activities in a freshman biology majors course. Abstracts of the 2003 Kentucky Academy of Science Conference, Bowling Green, 6 - 8 November.
  • Raubenheimer, C. D. (2003).  A formative evaluation of the Center for Improvement in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (CIMSTE) at the University of South Africa. . Pretoria, South Africa: CIMSTE, UNISA.
  • Sunal, D., Gardener, F., Kallam, L., McAllister, D., McKinnon, C., Raubenheimer, C.D., & Staples, K. (2002). NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics (NOVA) evaluation report.  Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama.

Dianne has also presented a number of workshops and papers at various conferences and other venues.

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