AMANDA BOWSHER, Ph.D.
Editor and Research Scientist. Amanda is a qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods researcher with experience in study design, questionnaire development, quantitative data collection and management, focus group facilitation, and qualitative data analysis. She is also experienced in designing and utilizing qualitative and quantitative methods in program assessment and evaluation. Amanda’s research interests focus on educational equity and teacher policy issues, including teacher education, evaluation, retention and compensation. She offers expertise in teacher recruitment, particularly in a postsecondary setting. Prior to joining Activate, Amanda worked in higher education for six years in program coordination, assessment, academic advising, and career counseling. She holds a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Maryland.
Editor & Research Scientist, Activate Research, Inc.
May 2014 – Present
Work directly with clients on analysis and production of education research
- Read, evaluate and edit manuscripts or other materials submitted for publication and confer with authors regarding changes in content, style or organization, or publication
- Prepare, rewrite and edit copy to improve readability
- Use relevant information and style guides to determine whether material complies with governmental standards and regulations
Assessment Graduate Assistant, Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment, (UMD)
College Park, MD
Jun 2011 – Jun 2013
Provided analytic support to IRPA and the Campus Assessment Working Group (CAWG) subgroups charged with collecting, analyzing, and reporting data on the student experience at the University of Maryland
- Assisted with constructing yearly, large-scale (n > 1000) student surveys
- Analyzed quantitative and qualitative survey data and used data to construct brief reports for dissemination across campus; presented findings to the campus community
- Supported the assessment efforts of an NSF grant-funded project, including assessment planning, client management, implementation of evaluation activities, report writing, and presentation of findings
- Collected, analyzed, and reported on quantitative and qualitative data regarding the IGERT program
Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Family Science, (UMD)
College Park, MD
Jul 2009 – Jun 2011
Coordinated undergraduate program in Family Science including providing academic and career advising to all students in the department
- Collaborated with colleagues to meet student curricular and co-curricular needs
- Coordinated curricular internship program: taught internship course; assisted students in selecting internship sites; and reviewed and approved internship applications
- Certified students for graduation and prepared senior degree audit documents
- Presented weekly major workshops and assisted students in creating graduation plans
- Facilitated university new student and transfer student orientations
- Coordinated departmental class scheduling and managed course enrollment
- Advised Phi Upsilon Omicron, the undergraduate honor society for Family and Consumer Sciences
Academic Counselor, College of Arts and Sciences, (OSU)
Jun 2007 – Jul 2009
Provided individual academic counsel to over 600 undergraduate students on issues such as degree planning, academic success, and career opportunities
- Served as a Career Counselor for the Arts & Sciences Career Services Office
- Instructed the College Survey course with 30-75 students per quarter
- Advised Student Athletes according to NCAA standards, as well as pre-health and pre-education students
- Counseled and advised students in academic difficulty; developed plans for academic success
- Prepared first-year and transfer student orientation presentations, and advised students and parents during orientation scheduling sessions
- Served as academic liaison to the Psychology Learning Community within the residence halls
Ph.D., Education Policy Studies
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
M.A., Higher Education and Student Affairs
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Honors with research distinction, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Bowsher, A., Sparks, D., & Hoyer, K. M. (2018). Preparation and support for teachers in public schools: Reflections on the first year of teaching (NCES 2018-143). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.
Malen, B., Rice, J. K., Matlach, L. K. B., Bowsher, A., Hoyer, K. M., & Hyde, L. (2015). Developing organizational capacity for implementing complex education reform initiatives: Insights from a multi-year study of a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program. Educational Administration Quarterly, 51(1), 133-176.
Campus Assessment Working Group. (2013). Time to Degree. CAWG Snapshot of Student Experiences. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.
Campus Assessment Working Group. (2012). Academic Engagement. CAWG Snapshot of Student Experiences. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.
Welkener, M. M. & Bowsher, A. (2012). Soul-building: Students’ perspectives on meaning, purpose, and the college experience. Journal of College and Character, 13(3).
Campus Assessment Working Group, Beginnings Subgroup. (2012). Parental Involvement. CAWG Snapshot of Student Experiences. College Park, MD: University of Maryland.
Malen, B., Rice, J.K., Jackson, C., Hoyer, K.M., Hyde, L., Bivona, L., Blaisdell, L., Bowsher, A., Cortes, K., Coverdale, B., de la Torre, A., Goldstein, M., Pimpawathin, A., & Sutter, J. (2011). Implementation, payouts, and perceived effects: A formative analysis of Financial Incentive Rewards for Supervisors and Talents (FIRST). Prince George’s County Public School System: Upper Marlboro, MD.
To Teach or Not to Teach? Factors that Influence Undergraduates’ Decisions about Careers in the K-12 Classroom. Poster presented at the Region 5 National Academic Advising Association Conference. Madison, WI, March 5–7, 2014.
The Multiple and Mixed Effects of Educator Incentives: The Case of Financial Incentive Rewards for Supervisors and Teachers (FIRST) in Prince George’s County, MD. American Education Finance Association, Boston, MA, March 15–17, 2012. (second author with Betty Malen, Laura Hyde, and Jennifer King Rice)
Off to a Good Start?: How New Freshmen Navigate Their First Semester at the University of Maryland. University of Maryland Advising Conference, College Park, MD, August, 2012.
Developing leadership capacity for implementing complex initiatives: Insights from a multi-year study of a Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program. University Council for Educational Administration, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17–20, 2011. (third author with Betty Malen, Lauren Bivona, Laura Hyde, and Kathleen Mulvaney Hoyer)
Helping Transfer Students Reach New Heights. National Academic Advising Association, Chicago, IL, October, 2008.
Searching for Significance: Students’ Perspectives on Meaning, Purpose and the College Experience. American College Personnel Association, Orlando, FL, April, 2007
Internship and Analysis in Family Science
University of Maryland, 2009 – 2010
The Ohio State University, 2007 – 2009
Leadership in Community Service
The Ohio State University, 2006 – 2007
Resident Assistant Workshop: The Helping Relationship
Otterbein College, 2006