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ANDREA KUNZE, Ph.D.

I am an educational psychologist & assessment specialist with particular interests in how multimedia and hypermedia can help motivate pro-social attitudes and behavior change, such as antiracism and environmental sustainability. My research is often framed in a social justice and interdisciplinary psychology lens (e.g., education, cognitive, and social) using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation approaches. I'm particularly interested in evaluating and designing informal learning & digital environments and activities, such as games, that can promote sustained engagement with emotionally evocative topics.

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

We spend most of our lives outside of the traditional classroom and our time in the formal classroom is rarely (if at all) allocated to real world issues such as racism, climate change, and mass incarceration. So, when do we teach about critical social issues? What pedagogical approaches and learning environments are most effective for promoting pro-social attitudes and behaviors? What attitudes are necessary to foster a more sustainable and inclusive future?
My research and evaluations often consider these broad questions and are driven from my passion to engage lifelong learners in education about critical social issues.

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MIXED-METHOD RESEARCH & EVALUATION DESIGN

Expertise in integrating qualitative and quantitative methods for social science research & evaluations

  • Thematic Analysis

  • Video Analysis

  • Grounded Theory

  • Discourse Analysis

  • PhotoVoice

  • Ethnographic Methods

  • Interview/Focus Groups

  • Survey Research

  • Regression/ANOVA

  • Statistical Measurement

  • In-lab/Online Experiments

DURING-LEARNING PROCESS DATA

Expertise in researching and evaluating processes and behaviors people engage in while learning a topic or experiencing a space

  • Cognitive processes

  • Affective/Emotional processes

  • Motivational processes

  • ​Think-emote-aloud protocols

  • Behavioral engagement in online and face-to-face environments

  • How processes relate to academic achievement and/or attitude change

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

Expertise in teaching, researching, and evaluating issues of DEI within educational and workplace settings

  • Broadening participating in STEM

  • Antiracist attitudes

  • Cultural diversity

  • Social identities

  • Privilege & oppression

  • Critical Whiteness & Race Theory

  • Global perspectives (global south)

 
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BACKGROUND

Summarized Education Background, Prior Research & Evaluation Positions, and Awards

 

ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN- MADISON

July 2021 - July 2022

PH.D., EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

August 2018 - August 2022

Responsibilities

  • Oversee Learning Outcomes process to support the accreditation process at the School of Veterinary Medicine

  • Develop evaluation processes & curriculum map for curriculum revision process

  • Support faculty teaching development & consult on education related projects

Positions

  • Research Assistant in Educational Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, & Bioengineering

  • External Evaluator at Krannert Art Museum, Oklahoma State University, & AGEP

  • Teaching Assistant in Educational Psychology, Global Studies, and Liberal Arts & Sciences

Certificates

  • Undergraduate Mentoring (2020)

Awards

  • 2021 List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Spring + Fall)

  • 2021 Diversity and Social Justice Education Graduate Student Award, College of Ed., UIUC

  • 2021 William Chandler Bagley Scholarship, College of Education, UIUC (Awarded: $2,000)

  • UIUC College of Education Seed Grant: Re-Purposing Proctorio to Collect Data on Racial Microaggressions on a Serious Educational Game (Awarded: $10,000) (2020)

  • NAGAP Graduate Student Research Grant: Understanding STEM Graduate Students’ Racial Climate Perceptions: A Perspective-Taking Intervention (Awarded: $1,000) (2019)

MASTER OF SCIENCE, EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
NC STATE UNIVERSITY

August 2016 - May 2018

Positions

  • ​Research Assistant in Educational Psychology and Human-Computer Interaction

  • Research Scientist at Trees Atlanta

Awards

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention (2018)

  • APA Division 34 Science at Sunset Poster Competition Nominee (2018)

BACHELORS, HUMAN LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

January 2014 - May 2016

Research Assistant Positions

  • ​Educational Psychology

  • Science Education

  • Neuropsychology

 

Awards

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award in Educational Psychology, GSU (2016)

  • Outstanding B.I.S.in Human Learning and Development Student Award, GSU (2016)

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