Texas Tech University

OPA Assessment Spotlight

Dr. Marjorie Buckner

Dr. Marjorie Buckner

OPA Spotlight Interview

By: Becky Fletcher, Administrator

What is your position and what do you do for Texas Tech?

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. I typically teach 2 courses a semester, conduct research, and coordinate undergraduate assessment for our program.

How long have you been at Texas Tech?

This is my third academic year at Texas Tech.

How did you get involved with assessment?

During my doctoral program, I had the opportunity to take a class in assessment and participate in the data collection process for one of the program's core undergraduate classes. I expressed interest in assessment to my department chair, and he provided an opportunity for me to actively engage in the department's assessment efforts.

How do you use assessment in your job? What are some interesting assessment techniques you have used or are planning to use?

As a teacher, I embed formative and summative assessment processes in my courses. For example, I hold a methods bowl on one of the last days of the semester. Students choose groups to work in, and complete 5 challenges directly related to the course objectives. As the undergraduate assessment coordinator for the department, I coordinate measurement development, data collection, data analysis, and results reporting. We have been particularly invested in closing the loop by engaging faculty in ongoing conversations about assessment.

Is there anything else you would like to share about assessment?

I wish everyone knew that assessment is a dynamic, reflective process that can be very rewarding and energizing.

What is your hometown or where do you tell people you are from?

I am originally from Cypress, Texas.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

When I am not working, I enjoy traveling, going to movies or sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

What is something you have not done but would like to do?

At the very top of my list is going to Thailand! It has been on my list of places to go since I was in third grade, and I have not yet been able to visit.

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