Mary Yakimowski, Ph.D.
Certification Officer/Associate Professor
Mary E. Yakimowski (University of Connecticut, Ph.D.) is a professor within the Department of Educational Leadership and Literacy at Sacred Heart University's (SHU) Isabelle Farrington College of Education in Fairfield, CT. Before arriving at SHU in August of 2014, she was an Associate Professor-in-Resident for nine years at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education serving as the Director of Assessment and affiliated with the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Educational Leadership. In her nearly 30 years in education, Mary has worked in urban Prek-12 public schools in CT, VA, and MD, served as an adjunct at UConn, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins, and employed by the CT State Department of Education and Council of Chief School Officials (CCSSO). Mary has been a very active member for three decades with the American Educational Research Association (AERA), including a member of the Executive Council and Division's H Vice President, in addition to receiving 13 awards for AERA’s Outstanding Publication Award in the assessment, program evaluation, and accountability categories.
Degrees and Certifications
- Ph.D. , 1986, University of Connecticut, Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Evaluation and Measurement
Courses she teaches within the SHU's Department of Educational Leadership and Literacy programs are 626 Assessment and Evaluation, 689 Review of Scholarly Literature, 690 and 691 Seminar in Research (6th Year Thesis development and completion of thesis), and the Internship.
Research Interests & Grants
Mary's research focuses primarily on urban districts, assessment, program evaluation, school improvement, and strategic planning. With her vast experience in Prek-12, higher education, and state department agencies, her primary focus is presently on school district and university research partnerships. Her work has been presented at regional, national, and international venues. Mary's most recent publication, Can Principles of “Good Practice in Assessment” Work within Higher Education? A Case Study of an Inter-Department Assessment Exchange Project with colleague Dr. Alfano was published this spring in The Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, and she currently three book chapters and one journal article “in print” and two invitational symposia planned for spring 2015. She currently serves as an officer for the Northeastern Educational Research Association.