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 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.