Profile for Patrick Barlow

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Specialty area(s)

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

Brief biography

My background as a Psychology professor with my interests in psychometrics and statistics has been a good foundation to serve in faculty development and coordinator of learning outcomes assessment.  My role in the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning is to facilitate assessment projects through consultations with faculty, staff, and departments. I also coordinate and provide analysis of college-wide assessment projects (NSSE, Collegiate Learning Assessment, etc.) and other campus level reports (First Destination Survey, UW System Partnerships Report, Accountability Briefs). I maintain my connections with my discipline teaching an online course in 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

Education

Ph.D., Psychology, Iowa State University
Dissertation Project: “The Measurement of Optimism and Hope in Relation to College Student Retention and Academic Success”

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”

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

Teaching history

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

Gannon University
--Introduction to Psychology
--Introduction to Psychology (Honors)
--Scientific Methods in Psychology
--Psychometrics
--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

Publications:
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.

Presentations:

Marshik, T., Solverson, N., Barlow, P., & Dale, T. (2019, August).  Instructor and Student Outcomes Related to Campus-Wide Efforts to “Reimagine the First Year.” Poster presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Solverson, N., Barlow, P. J., & Vianden, J. (2019, June).  Designing Meaningful Assessment to Strengthen our Outcomes. Student Affairs/Higher Education Teaching Symposium, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

Barlow, P. J. (2018, November). Tracking Alumni Employment Patterns: Taking on a Challenging Task.  Presentation at the 2018 Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) Annual Conference, "IR for Changing World", Bloomington, MN.

Barlow, P.J. (2018, June).  Guiding Good Practice: Leveraging Taskstream AMS for Efficient Review of Assessment Work. Digital Poster at Watermark Engage 2018 Conference, Austin, TX.

Bryan, C., Guinn, M., Palmer, J., Wise, N., Palomba, S., Barlow, P.J., & Villarreal, A.  (2018, June).  Engaging Stakeholders in Using Watermark’s Tools.  Panel Presentation at Watermark Engage 2018 Conference, Austin, TX.

Barlow, P.J., Vianden, B., Bald, K., & Lesher, S. (2018, January). Where do they go from here?; Understanding the First Destination Survey and Alumni Tracking for Program Assessment.  Panel presentation at the 2018 Assessment Commons: Asking Questions, Sharing Practices, Finding Answers, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

Solverson, N., Engen, G., Sturm, M., & Barlow, P. J. (2018, January). Data on Tap: Reflections on Existing Data Sources and Data Requests from the IRAP Team.  Panel presentation at the 2018 Assessment Commons: Asking Questions, Sharing Practices, Finding Answers, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

Barlow, P. J. (2017, November). Getting your Feet Wet: Taking the Plunge to Translate your Assessment Process into a Software Based System. Presentation at the 2017 Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) Annual Conference, "IR Reconsidered:  Leveraging Institutional Research Capital for Campus Success", Bloomington, MN.

Barlow, P. J. (2017, June). Rebooting your Assessment Reporting and Review Process. Presentation at the 2017 Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) Annual Conference “Promoting Assessment for Learning", Louisville, KY.

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.

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.

Kudos

presented

Patrick Barlow, Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning, presented "Tracking Alumni Employment Patterns: Taking on a Challenging Task" at the 2018 Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) Annual Conference, IR in a Changing World on Nov. 8, 2018 in Bloomington, MN. Barlow's session reviewed how the UWL IRAP office has coordinated the First Destination Survey over the past two years and has adapted that effort with the use of the online career portal Handshake as the data collection tool.

Submitted on: Nov. 8, 2018

presented

Patrick Barlow, Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning, presented "Guiding Good Practice: Leveraging Taskstream AMS for Efficient Review of Assessment Work" at Watermark Engage 2018 Conference on June 20, 2018 in Austin, TX. The focus of this was the use of Taskstream at UWL to provide feedback to faculty on general education and program assessment and the tools in the software to create this process.

Submitted on: June 26, 2018

presented

Patrick Barlow, Provost's Office, presented "Getting your Feet Wet: Taking the Plunge to Translate your Assessment Process into a Software Based System" at the AIRUM Annual Conference on Nov. 13, 2017 in Bloomington, MN. Barlow's talk focused on the process of implementing the Taskstream assessment system at UWL to coordinate and review the general education and program assessment work conducted on campus.

Submitted on: Nov. 13, 2017

presented

Patrick Barlow, Provost's Office, presented "Rebooting your Assessment Review and Reporting Process" at the 2017 Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education conference on June 13, 2017 in Louisville, KY.

Submitted on: June 15, 2017

served

Patrick Barlow, Institutional Research served as a panelist on a session titled "What Does it Really Take to Establish, Grow, and Sustain Assessment Systems and Processes on Campus?" and presented, "Setting the Stage: Ensuring Alignment of Assessment Tasks with Program Learning Outcomes." at the AALHE (Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education) conference in Milwaukee, WI on June 6, 2016.

Submitted on: June 14, 2016