Dr. Xueli Wang, Principal Investigator
Dr. Xueli Wang is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on college students' pathways and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and undergraduate STEM education. Wang’s work has been published in numerous journals, such as American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Community College Review. Wang’s research has been supported by the Association for Institutional Research, the American Educational Research Association, the National Science Foundation, and the UW-Madison Graduate School’s Fall Competition program. Wang served as a Young Academic Fellow (2011-2012) with the Institute of Higher Education Policy and the Lumina Foundation. In spring 2015, she was awarded the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges.
Research Team Members
Dr. Amy Prevost
Dr. Amy Prevost is a researcher for the STEM Transfer project. Her work primarily focuses on qualitative aspects of education research, and her primary areas of interest lie in understanding educational pathways in STEM programs, improving student outcomes at the post-secondary level, including access to careers, and trying to understand what experiences contribute to students’ abilities to transfer knowledge. Amy is a lifelong Wisconsin resident having received her PhD from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with a minor in Public Policy from the LaFollette School of Public Affairs) as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and French (also from University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Seo Young Lee, M.S.
Seo Young Lee is a dissertator in the Quantitative Methods area of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include, but are not limited to, the application of Item Response Theory (IRT), with a particular focus on scale purification. Her primary role in this project is to conduct quantitative analyses including the validation of the survey instrument.
Dr. Kelly Wickersham
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Dr. Kelly Wickersham is a post-doctoral research associate for the Expanding STEM Talent and Contextualize to Learn projects, both funded by the National Science Foundation. Her research centers on community college student pathways and success, including students’ decision-making around navigating postsecondary education and related outcomes, as well as community college students’ experiences, learning, and transfer in STEM. She received her PhD from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Kelly has prior experience working in the area of international higher education.
Ning Sun, M.S.
Graduate Student Researcher
Ning Sun is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ning’s research interest centers on postsecondary teaching and learning, particularly at the two-year college level, as well as community college student participation in STEM fields of study.
Brit Wagner, M.S.
Graduate Student Researcher
Brit Wagner is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Along with her research interests in community colleges, her dissertation work focuses on the educational experiences of international students studying in four-year institutions. Prior to pursuing graduate education, she worked as an international student services coordinator at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and as a teaching assistant for the School District of Onalaska. She holds a master’s degree in Global Higher Education from UW-Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Yen Lee, M.S.
Yen Lee is a doctoral student of the Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests lie in Bayesian analysis for education research. Yen is interested in applying known information from previous empirical research to future studies for more precise estimation and evaluation. She assists with quantitative data management for the project.
Graduate Research Assistant
Xiwei Zhu is a first-year doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She earned a master’s degree from Global Higher Education Program in 2016.
Brett Ranon Nachman, M.S.
Graduate Student Researcher
Brett Ranon Nachman is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Brett's passion for participating on this project stems from his desire to best understand and aid two-year college students with their academic/professional pursuits, especially as it relates to transfer. He also researches the portrayals and experiences of college students on the autism spectrum.
Hsun-Yu Chan, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
Texas A & M University-Commerce
Sara Jimenez Soffa, Ph.D.
Director of Research
Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership, Assistant Professor of Education Edgewood College
Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis