M. Van Dusen, Ph.D.
President of VDC, Inc.
Van Dusen has served as project Director or Co-Director on 35 local,
national, and international research and evaluation studies. She has
successfully completed contracts totaling nearly $4 million. Even before
establishing her own company, Dr. Van Dusen had years of experience
in research and evaluation both working for the Western Institute for
Research and Evaluation (where she still currently holds a position
as the Director of National and International Field Studies Division)
and as Chair of the Research and Evaluation Methodology Program at Utah
State University where she directed graduate training in research and
Dr. Van Dusen is not only well versed in the technical side of evaluations
but she also has expertise in the content and implementation of educational
and training programs. Her knowledge springs from a background in public
education and having served on numerous boards for educational institutions,
including the Center for the School of the Future, a national foundation
developed to disseminate the "best practices" in education.
While at Utah State University, Dr. van Dusen developed and directed
the Human Learning Center, serving at-risk youth between the ages of
6 and 18 that were experiencing learning difficulties. The center provides
intervention programs targeted at improving student academic performance,
social performance, self-esteem and motivation.
Dr. Van Dusen has published over 120 journal articles, technical reports
and book chapters in the area of learning and evaluation. The most recent
of these include: a book chapter on using technology in the classroom
and a journal article on the cross-cultural comparison of critical thinking
skills in American and Japanese students.
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