- Improved decision-making effectiveness and efficiency
- Improved ability to recruit students and resources
- Data for external accrediting groups
- Opportunities for research in Veterinary Medical Education
Our classrooms, laboratories, instructional web-sites, and other learning environments provide rich opportunities for research and inquiry. Our staff are happy to help you articulate research plans and identify potentially promising areas of research, and collaborate with you on sponsored research projects, papers, and presentations.
The Office of Curricular Assessment and Teaching Support is dedicated to advancing the mission of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine (ISU CVM) by providing assessment support for high quality veterinary medical education and to students, faculty and staff. We strive to provide expert guidance for best practices for teaching and for conducting research. We work in partnership with the rest of the college to ensure that the ISU CVM has the necessary information to support continuous curricular improvement and meet accreditation criteria.
Dr. Courtney Vengrin is the Director of Curricular Assessment and Teaching Support, as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences. Dr. Vengrin has an M.S. degree in Agricultural Extension Education and a Ph.D. in Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education; both from Virginia Tech. Dr. Vengrin’s research interests include evaluation and assessment culture, technology enhanced educational practices, and student success in the college environment.
Ms. Melody Gustafson serves as the Program Assistant for the Office of Curricular Assessment and Teaching Support, joining the group in 2009. She offers many years' experience in data collection, data management, and communication skills as well as a broad base of knowledge in support operations. She earned her Bachelor's of Art in Political Science and Speech from Coe College.
Dr. Rebecca Burzette is an Assistant Scientist in the Office of Curricular Assessment and Teaching Support. She is responsible for using appropriate statistical techniques to analyze data and for writing reports for the purpose of curricular improvement. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994 and has worked at Iowa State University since 1995.