OPA Assessment Spotlight
Dr. Deborah Fowler
OPA Spotlight Interview
By: Kara Page, Senior Administrator
What is your position and what do you do for Texas Tech?
Professor and Associate Department Chairperson. I teach courses for graduate and undergraduate students, advise doctoral students and serve on many committees. As the associate chairperson I manage the schedule, plan and oversee the implementation of our assessment strategy, and a myriad of other activities to assist the department. I am also the Retail Management program director and am currently serving with Dr. Shane Blum as the HRM masters advisor and we will serve as the HRTM Ph.D. advisor while a faculty member is on leave.
How long have you been at Texas Tech?
Since January 2006.
How did you get involved with assessment?
In our department, the associate chairperson is responsible for conducting and overseeing the assessment process. We realize how important this function is to the university, so we try to conduct a thorough assessment in a way that reflects a realistic picture of our programs.
How do you use assessment in your job? What are some interesting assessment techniques you have used or are planning to use?
Dr. Blum and I are currently teaching a doctoral course on teaching, we believe explaining the “closing the circle” concept to our students will improve their planning once they teach a course here as well as in the future. We also use this to assist us in maintaining our accreditation for the hospitality undergraduate program. This summer Dr. Blum and I will set up a matrix to share with faculty that shows how the learning outcomes and activities of all our courses blend and to insure faculty are aware of the projects in other classes to eliminate overlapping content and projects.
Is there anything else you would like to share about assessment?
Assessment, like self-reflection, is sometimes difficult but ultimately makes us better.
What is your hometown or where do you tell people you are from?
Casa, Arkansas near Little Rock.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I enjoy traveling and being with my family.
What is something you have not done but would like to do?
There are a number of cities I would like to visit that I have not such as Inverness, Scotland and Bruges, Belguim.