Assessment Team

Karin Wiburg

Karin Wiburg

Karin M. Wiburg After receiving her doctorate in Instructional Technology, Dr. Wiburg worked as a professor of learning and technology at two universities in California and came to NMSU in 1993. She was the College of Education Associate Dean for Research from 2004-2013. She considers herself a learning researcher and has worked to facilitate learning environments for English Language Learners and Mathematics supervisors, teachers, students. She led in founding the Institute for Excellence in Math and Science Education (IEMSE) in 2002. She works closely with the NM Public Education Department, Mathematically-Connected Communities (MC2) three large grants (two funded by the National Science Foundation), and a growing STEM Outreach Center that provides formal and informal education to students and teachers in partner districts and is a certified classroom observer by the National Science Foundation.

Over the last 10 years she has built an evaluation and assessment team at NMSU within the Center for Research and Outreach, developing the capacity to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research as well as design-based research from a culturally-responsive perspective. Dr. Wiburg has received over $20 million in grants.

Kenneth M. Korn, Evaluator

After teaching in middle, high school and university settings for 16 years, Ken Korn became a research assistant in the Office of Research and Evaluation in the El Paso Independent School District (El Paso, Texas) in 1989. This was followed by eleven years (1991-2002) as the Director of Assessment/District-wide Test Coordinator in El Paso ISD. As Director of Assessment, he was responsible for compiling and analyzing assessment data for over 40,000 students on over 70 campuses. It was in this position that he honed his skills in the preparation and use of disaggregated test results. After his tenure in El Paso, he served as the Director of Program Evaluation and Accountability for the Gadsden Independent School District in New Mexico for three years. In Gadsden he was responsible for the evaluation of all district and federal programs. He has been doing Research and Evaluation at New Mexico State University since 2000 and has served as the lead evaluator for several grants, including the GMI initiative, MC2, SUMA, MC2 – LIFT and Math Snacks.

Oakely Hadfield, Statistician

As associate professor of quantitative research methods, Dr. Hadfield has enjoyed designing quantitative studies in education, as well as teaching graduate level courses in research methods and statistics. He is competent in SAS and SPSS programming, including multivariate procedures and Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). He specializes in the teaching of Research Methodologies in Education and Statistical Applications in Education and has completed several post-doctoral graduate courses to enhance background in these areas. I was part of the evaluation team for a SEMAA grant for student aerospace education, funded by NASA in 2006. His research and evaluation expertise is in multidimensional models of learning, a method that focuses on the influence of individual differences in cognitive and affective attributes, as well as prior domain knowledge, on learning outcome, particularly in mathematics and non-routine problem solving. Dr. Hadfield is particularly interested in the application of Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) to this area of study.

Alfred_Valdez-2Alfred Valdez, Statistician

Dr. Valdez earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in research methodology/statistics and cognitive science at the University of New Mexico in 2008. He has worked on applying cognitive theories to educational technology, and basic/advanced statistical methods. He currently teach graduate and undergraduate courses in research methods and clinical application courses in speech-language pathology. He has also worked as a methodologist/statistical analyst on two National Science Foundation Grants. Dr. Valdez is skilled at various quantitative approaches including hierarchical regression, analysis of variance (bivariate and multivariate), exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling.

Sara MoralesSara Morales, Math Specialist As a native of Puerto Rico and a former resident of Hawaii and Florida and now a resident of New Mexico, Sara Morales has always worked with diverse populations with a commitment to social justice. While teaching for the Hawaii Department of Education, the Department of Education in Florida and New Mexico Public Education Department, she conducted several action research and community projects in the classroom, and implemented data driven instruction for multiple grade levels K-8. During the last five years she has been a part of the research team for two National Science Foundation funded grants. She currently works as a math specialist and researcher with the Institute for Excellence in Math and Science Education (IEMSE), with a focus on k-12 mathematics instruction. Sara is experienced in data collection, analysis, dissemination, professional development and partnership collaboration in multiple districts across New Mexico.

Karen Trujillo, Research and Technology Specialist

Dr. Karen Trujillo has played an integral role in the research and development of both technology integration and mathematics education in New Mexico. As a professional development specialist, first in technology integration, then in mathematics and finally in technology and mathematics, she has worked with over 100 teachers and administrators to improve student learning in New Mexico. As a principal, she developed an understanding of the demands on administrators as they move forward to improve teaching and learning in a systematic way incorporating research, vertical alignment, horizontal alignment, and teacher development to ultimately impact student learning. Throughout her 20-year career in education and research, she has developed valuable partnerships with administrators, teachers, mathematicians and educational researchers and these relationships allow me to gain access to classrooms, which is necessary for research and development. Dr. Trujillo has presented at state, regional and national conferences on topics of mathematics learning, professional development, mathematics teaching and student learning of mathematics.