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Dorothy Evensen

Dorothy Evensen

Professor of Education, Higher Education Program
Professor-in-Charge of the Higher Education Program
Senior Research Scientist, Center for the Study of Higher Education

400 Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802-3203
Phone: 814-863-2691
Fax: 814-865-3638


Dorothy H. Evensen joined the higher education program in 1999 after a six-year appointment in Language and Literacy Education, and 15 years as a high school teacher. Her research projects focus on literacy development and its relation to teaching and learning in professional contexts, particularly  law and medicine. She has received support for her research from the Law School Admission Council, the Spencer Foundation, NSF, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Professor Evensen teaches courses in philosophical foundations of research, qualitative research methods, college teaching, and a proposal seminar for HI ED doctoral students.


Areas of Expertise

  • Literacy Development
  • Teaching and Learning in the Professions
  • Discourse Studies
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Professional Experience & Activities

  • Member of the University Faculty Senate (1998-2010)
  • Chairperson on the College of Education Faculty Council (1995-1997)

Honors & Awards

1994-95 Spencer postdoctoral fellow

2001 Outstanding Research Publicvation, AERA, Division I


Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from New York University in 1991