Jessica is an Assessment Analyst in the Office of Data Analytics (ODA). Prior to joining ODA, she served as the lead associate on the Teaching Quality Framework (TQF) in CU Boulder's Center for STEM Learning. There, she facilitated departments' efforts to improve their teaching assessment practices for use in promotion, tenure, reappointment, and merit processes, and helped shape a broader campus-wide movement to promote high-quality, effective instruction on campus.
Her research investigates a range of topics, including: organizational change strategies in higher education; student evaluations of teaching; undergraduate student success, such as predictors of retention and academic performance, the transition to college, and issues of social and ability belonging in college; and, the social psychological foundations of political attitudes and behaviors, including political enclavement, polarization in politics, and perceptions of political "others."
Jessica earned her M.A. (2014) and Ph.D. (2017) from the University of Colorado Boulder in Social Psychology, and her B.A. in Psychology (minor: Public Policy) from Smith College in 2006. From 2006 to 2011, she worked in consulting and strategic research at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner in Washington, DC, on public education campaigns, organizational branding efforts, membership and donor studies, political campaigns, and policy reform initiatives on topics ranging from health to religion to the politics of science.