Robyn Thomas Pitts
What I do
Assistant Professor of Evaluation and Mixed Methods Research<br>Research Methods and Statistics Program <br>Research Methods and Information Science Department<br>Morgridge College of Education<br>The University of Denver<br>Director of REACH, the <i>Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Collaboratory Hub</i>
In both institutions, Dr. Thomas Pitts streamlined systems and logistics for SLO assessment and facilitated educational programming centered on developing competencies through interim, formative, and summative assessment. At KDC, she was responsible for leading the site-level K-12 state assessment program and for school report card-based action plans required by Denver Public Schools. At VTCSOM, she was responsible for facilitating medical education (MedEd) performance assessments known as objective, structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and for partnering with medical educators to align content, instruction, and assessment with medical licensing examination (USMLE) requirements.
Through her doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dr. Thomas Pitts explored the use and influence of assessments within educational organizations while working on a number of studies involving assessment in higher education, standardized testing, accountability reporting, and educational evaluation. As an assistant professor, she has developed courses on research design, ethics, and evaluation and created extracurricular learning opportunities for aspiring evaluation and assessment methodologists. Dr. Thomas Pitts annually hosts Evaluating Better Together for regional evaluators and engages in program assessment using SLO evidence as a DU assessment fellow.
Currently, Dr. Thomas Pitts studies evaluation education and evaluator education programs, teaches evaluation and mixed methods, directs REACH (the Research, Evaluation, & Assessment Collaboratory Hub at DU), and provides evaluation consultation services on grant-funded projects advancing equity and promoting culturally responsive educational models. Outside of the university, she spends her time parenting, hiking, biking, camping, and skiing.
- Ph.D., Educational Research Methodology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2017
- M.Ed.T., Professional Teaching Degree, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2009
- BS, Biological Sciences, University of Alabama, 2007
- American Evaluation Association
- Colorado Evaluation Network
- American Educational Research Association
- National Council on Measurement in Education