Before becoming Dr. Joseph D. Levy, his high school friends called him "Books". This nickname came from regularly doing homework and pleasure reading while his friends would play games. More desire than discipline, Joe was a high achiever with an avid appetite for learning.
Joe has extended his passion for learning, development, and outcome-oriented success through a career encouraging a learner-centered approach to achieving goals. Leveraging industry and organizational context, his scholarship and work promotes strategic operations, values-based accountability, and data-informed decision-making toward equitable outcomes. Joe loves to showcase his eclectic interests, experience, and enthusiasm to promote quality, justice, and organizational effectiveness in relatable ways.
What Joe Does
Strategy | Guidance | Problem-Solving
Having formal consulting experience in the technology (SaaS) space, higher education, and as a coach for the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), Joe is experienced and comfortable consulting for one-time projects, long-term organizational strategies, or somewhere between.
Workshops | Activities | How-To
Formats: Comfortable engaging large or small groups with in-person or virtual sessions. Open to conducting recorded sessions.
Topics: Assessment and evaluation; reporting and data-informed action; strategic planning; learning and development (strategy, training facilitation, curriculum design); accreditation and compliance; advancing justice and equity efforts; and more! Inquire for additional or custom topics.
Topical | Motivation | Professional Development
Having professional experience with topics others may find boring, mandated, stressful, or generally consider unrelated to their purpose, Joe has honed his style finding ways to engage an audience through enthusiasm, humor, relatable examples, and purposeful messaging to both empower individuals and encourage action.
What Joe Blogs
Collection of professional and personal blog posts.
September 21, 2021 · Intentionality,How-To,Student-Centered,Reflection
You likely have some student learning outcome statements — that is, statements that reflect what skills or knowledge sets you want students to learn as a result of your office or division’s programming. You may have created these statements because someone told you to, because you were...
August 24, 2021 · Online,Intentionality,How-To,Academic Affairs,Reflection
Everyone involved in shaping student learning has a responsibility to do meaningful and impactful assessment. Assessment should help you answer essential questions about the student learning experience. And because of the care you hopefully put into crafting learning outcomes for student...
July 30, 2021 · How-To,Student-Centered,Student Affairs,Action,Principles
We need to involve students more in assessment. Despite assessment usually being shorthand for assessment of student learning, faculty, staff, and assessment pros are all guilty of not engaging students as much as we should. And it’s not like including students is merely a nice thing to do....
What Joe Publishes
Collection of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and white paper publications
Heiser, C. A., & Levy, J. D. (2022). Advancing equity in student affairs through assessment practice. In
Henning, Baker, Jankowski, Lundquist, & Montenegro (Eds), Reframing Assessment to center equity: Theories, models, and practices (pp. 213-233).
Levy, J. D., & Heiser, C.A. (2018, March). Inclusive assessment practice (Equity Response). Urbana, IL: University of Illinois and Indiana University, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
Levy, J. D. (2016). Own it! Assessment is your responsibility. In K. Irland, J. Bhatt, A. Fields, S. De Matteo, & T. Krieglstein (Eds), Tracking is trending: A survival guide to assessment in student affairs (pp. 45-50). Student Affairs Collective.
"Joe facilitated two hands-on workshops for faculty that helped coordinate learning outcome articulation and curriculum mapping for all academic programs at Triton College. During his workshops, he provided a strong foundation of knowledge for faculty across academic areas of the college and accelerated our assessment efforts for the year. After hearing his presentations to faculty, the president invited Joe back to speak to the college’s leadership team about advancing and supporting an institutional culture of assessment."
Lauren Kosrow, Ed.D. Chair, Triton College Library Chair, Academic Assessment Committee Triton College
I know Joe. He's great.
"Joe Levy visited our college as part of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Coach program. NILOA selected him as our coach because of his expertise in Student Affairs assessment as that was a particular area of interest for us. During his one-day visit, he gave tailored presentations to student affairs, academic affairs, and college administration. He met with large and small groups and effectively interacted with students, faculty, and staff. Joe was responsive, organized, and easy to work with through all phases of the process and has continued to serve as a resource for us in the 18 months since his visit. I have recommended both him and the NILOA Coach program in a number of assessment settings and when I do, I frequently hear someone say, "I know Joe. He's great." If you are looking for support with assessment, I highly recommend Joe Levy."
Julie Bauer Morrison, Ph.D. Director, College Assessment & Review Team Glendale Community College, AZ
We left with a better understanding...
"Joe’s work with our faculty and staff provided them with valuable insight on using CAS Standards as a framework for institutional and departmental level assessment. Through his concrete and meaningful examples, we gained new appreciation for the value of both quantitative and qualitative feedback, and we left with a better understanding of how to map our program goals to our institution’s strategic plan."
Debra West, Ph.D. Chancellor Arkansas State University Mid-South
Dr. Levy was instrumental...
"Dr. Levy was instrumental in laying the foundational assessment knowledge to successfully launch Oakton Community College's Student Affairs Assessment Program. He also helped the College's assessment team, Oakton's Program for Assessment and Learning, advance its equity in assessment work by facilitating interactive discussions about how to approach disaggregated assessment data with an equity lens."
Ruth Williams Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Oakton Community College
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