Catharine H. Beyer

Office of Educational Assessment
University of Washington
Box 354987
Seattle, WA 98195-4987
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Curriculum Vitae (66K PDF*)

Catharine Hoffman Beyer, Research Scientist, Office of Educational Assessment and Director of the University of Washington's Study of Undergraduate Learning (UW SOUL).

Ms. Beyer received her M.A. in English from the University of Michigan in 1970. For 20 years she taught English and writing at the high school, community college, university, and graduate-school levels in Michigan, Oregon, and Washington, as well as writing courses linked with courses across the curriculum in the University of Washington's Interdisciplinary Writing Program (IWP). She received the English department's distinguished teaching award for that work in 1997. While working in the IWP, Ms. Beyer co-directed a series of three writing assessment studies for the University of Washington. She took two years away from work at the UW to serve as associate dean for assessment and institutional effectiveness at a local community college.

Returning to the UW in 1999, Ms. Beyer joined the Office of Educational Assessment to direct the UW Study of Undergraduate Learning - or UW SOUL - which tracked the learning of 300 undergraduates for four years. Ms Beyer and her colleagues published results of that study in a book entitled Inside the Undergraduate Experience in 2007. Currently, Ms. Beyer assists faculty and departments as they develop learning goals for majors and methods to assess them, as well as conducting institutional assessment projects. In addition, Ms Beyer is working with Drs. Ed Taylor and Gerald Gillmore on the UW Growth in Faculty Teaching Study - or UW GIFTS, an interview study that is investigating how and why faculty make changes in their teaching when there is no external pressure to do so.

Ms. Beyer's poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines, as well as on Seattle city buses. She is the mother of two perfect daughters and is married to a handsome guy.

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Catherine Hoffman Beyer