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Patrick Barlow

Administrative Program Manager Ii
Institutional Research

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Specialty area(s)

Learning Outcomes Assessment, Positive Psychology, Test/Survey Construction and Analysis, Program Evaluation

Brief biography

I have combined my background as a Psychology professor with my interests in psychometrics and statistics to serve as a faculty developer and coordinator of assessment. I bring my classroom experience to bear in my consultations with faculty, staff, and departments. I serve as a conduit for ideas about effective learning outcomes assessment processes while also providing some timely and usable analysis of recent college-wide assessment projects (NSSE, Collegiate Learning Assessment, etc.) for the benefit of the institution. I continue to maintain my connections with my discipline recently having developed and currently teaching an online course in my scholarly interest of Positive Psychology. I seek to continue to address the needs for assessment for improvement of learning and accountability.

Current courses at UWL

UWL 100: First Year Student Seminar
PSY 406: Positive Psychology (online)
PSY 481: Individual Projects in Psychology

Teaching history

Viterbo University
--General Psychology with Lab
--Research Methods I
--Senior Seminar
--Positive Psychology (Online)

Gannon University
--Introduction to Psychology
--Introduction to Psychology (Honors)
--Scientific Methods in Psychology
--Physiological Psychology
--Positive Psychology Seminar
--Theories of Personality
--Nature or Nurture (Behavioral Genetics)
--Graduate Physiological Psychology

Iowa State University
--Psychology of the Normal Personality
--History of Psychology
--Psychological Measurement
--Introduction to Psychology

Professional history

June 2010- present University Assessment Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
June 2007-June 2010 Director of College Assessment, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
August 2005- June 2007 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Viterbo University
August 2002- August 2005 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Gannon University
Summer 2000, 2001, 2002 Temporary Instructor of Psychology, Iowa State University
August 1997-May 2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant in Psychology, Iowa State University

Research and publishing

Barlow, P. J. (2016, June). Setting the Stage: Ensuring Alignment of Assessment Tasks with Program Learning Outcomes. Presentation at the 2016 Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Annual Conference “Assessing What We Value: A Focus on Student Learning, Milwaukee, WI.

Thompson, W., Aitken, R., Barlow, P., Fager, J., & Rose, T. (2016, June). What does it really take to establish, grow, and sustain assessment systems and processes on campus? Panel Presentation at the 2016 Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Annual Conference “Assessing What We Value: A Focus on Student Learning, Milwaukee, WI.

Thoune, D., Kopp, B., & Barlow, P. J. (2016, April). Translating data into action: Coordinating university and program-specific writing assessment. Presented at the 2016 CCCC Annual Convention, Houston, TX.

Barlow, P.J. (2016, January). Rowing Our Assessment Work Gently Down the Taskstream: Review of Current Use and Future Plans. Presented at the Assessment Commons: Asking Questions, Sharing Practices, Finding Answers, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

Carmosini, N., & Barlow. P. J. (2015, October). Assessing Student Engagement Using the CLASSE Survey. Presented at the La Crosse/Winona Area American Chemical Society Professional Development Meeting, Addressing and Overcoming Learning Deficiencies in Chemistry Students, La Crosse, WI.

Vianden, J., & Barlow, P. J. (2015). Strength the bond: Relationships between academic advising quality and undergraduate student loyalty, NACADA Journal, 35 (2), 15-27.

Eager, E.A., Peirce, J., & Barlow, P. (2014). Math Bio or BioMath? Flipping the Mathematical Biology Classroom. Letters in Biomathematics,1(2), 139-155.

Vianden, J., & Barlow, P. J. (2014). Showing the love: Predictors of student loyalty to undergraduate institutions. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51 (1), 16-29.

Barlow, P. J., Tobin, D. J., & Schmidt, M.M. (2009). Social interest and positive psychology: Positively aligned. Journal of Individual Psychology. 65 (3), 191-202.


August 2002 Ph.D., Psychology, Iowa State University
Dissertation Project: “The Measurement of Optimism and Hope in Relation to College Student Retention and Academic Success” Major Professor: Norman A. Scott, Ph.D.

August 1996 M.A., Psychology (Clinical Emphasis), University of Northern Iowa
Thesis: “The Study of Optimism in a Freshman College Student Population: An Analysis of the Optimism About College Life Scale” Major Professor: Beverly A. Kopper, Ph.D.

May 1994 B.A., Psychology, Loras College, Magna Cum Laude
Minor: Philosophy