My vision is to help cultivate an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, collaboration and innovation within our membership. I wish to empower our leadership, expand our membership, and encourage members to bring their experiences to the table and value each voice regardless of titles and discipline.
This organization serves an important purpose for the membership. It is a community bound by purpose. Being an assessment director may look different in various contexts, but we are very often presented with similar issues. The conversations we have shape practice. I see NAAD as a support for my own work. As I became an Assessment Director, I needed guidance and feedback. Groups like NAAD have been integral to my success and ability to serve my organization. I see an immense value to belonging to this organization and hope that by being involved I can work with others to elevate our organization.
Myrah Stockdale has served as Director of Assessment, for the Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (CPHS) in Buies Creek, NC since May 2016. She has a BBA in Marketing, a MS in Sport Administration/Physical Education, a MS in Educational Research Methodologies, and all but dissertation (ABD) on her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her dissertation work expands on an assessment framework for micro-credentialing programs – infusing psychometrics and evaluation for continuous improvement and multifaceted feedback channels.
My role has allowed me to work with students, staff, and faculty from Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Public Health, Osteopathic Medicine, Ophthalmology, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, and more. During my time, I have been an integral part of a full PharmD curricular overhaul, multiple specialized accreditation site visits, a SACSCOC reaffirmation, QEP development, Strategic Planning, and spearheaded several major successful projects across the University. I have also been an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) where I served on the AERA Division D Graduate Student Council for two years. In 2017, I became the tenth Professional ATLAS.ti Trainer in North America.
I am immensely thankful for the opportunities my position at CPHS has afforded me. Over the past five years I have been able to work with diverse organizations such as the North Carolina Board of Pharmacy, AAHLE, AAC&U, University of Melbourne, Weill Cornell Medicine, UNC-Greensboro, Van Andel Institute (VAI), and NC State Veterinary School to name a few. Often I act as a technical advisor or educator/translator on educational research and evaluation projects. Faculty have involved me on projects related to: interprofessional education in substance abuse disorders education to blended learning modalities and educational technology competencies. Staff have involved me in many discussions and projects related to leadership development, process improvement, and faculty-staff crossover opportunities. In 2018, I was given the latitude by executive leadership to develop and implement a semesterly collegewide ‘Assessment Day’ filled with assessment-related professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Assessment Day has continued to grow with the assistance of our hard working faculty on the Assessment Committee.
In addition to my administrative duties, I enjoy precepting Public Health and undergraduate first generation students who are interested in gaining applied research or higher education assessment experiences. Following the development of our co-curricular model, I had the good fortune of receiving internal grant funding for Six Sigma Black Belt education with another administrator from CPHS. This education has presented me a new challenge by way of facilitating a Hoshin Kanri Strategic Planning process for the entire College, as well as each of our seven unique programs. This process along with building faculty and staff-friendly professional development for Assessment Days has instilled in me the importance of translating statistical, psychometric, or other methodological content to intended audiences.