Before becoming Dr. Joseph D. Levy, his high school friends called him "Books". This nickname came from regularly doing homework and pleasure reading during a free period his friends would socialize or play games. More desire than discipline, Joe was a high achiever with an appetite to expand his knowledge.
As an undergraduate, Joe immersed himself in the college experience to make the most of his educational opportunity. Balancing the honors program with college athletics, Joe led student organizations while working all over campus (resident assistant, food service employee, campus tour guide, etc.). He also found time to write and direct three plays and choreograph group dances at annual events.
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 accountability and data-informed decision-making toward equitable outcomes. Joe loves to showcase his eclectic interests and experiences to promote quality, justice, and organizational effectiveness in relatable ways.
Formats: Comfortable engaging large or small groups with in-person or virtual sessions. Open to conducting recorded sessions.
Topics: Learning outcomes assessment (planning, outcome articulation, target setting, reporting, use); program evaluation; curriculum alignment; accreditation (planning, report-writing, visit prep); justice and equity efforts; strategic planning; and more! Inquire for additional or custom topics.
Topical | Motivation | Professional Development
Gaining 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 and white paper publications
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.