Marie  Kraska-Miller Author of Evaluating Organization Development
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Marie Kraska-Miller

Professor
Auburn University

Hello Everyone, I am Marie Kraska (Miller). I came to Auburn University about 22 years ago. I teach statistics in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, within the College of Education. The statistics courses in my department are applied analysis courses, rather than "pure statistics" to meet the backgrounds and needs of students within the College. However, it is not uncommon for students studying other disciplines such as pharmacy to enroll in my classes.

Subjects: Statistics

Biography

Selected Honors/Awards

Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Auburn University Chapter. 2006.
Mildred Cheshire Fraley Distinguished Professor. 2003.
Research Awards

Outstanding Manuscript Award (Conceptual Category) -Journal of Industrial Teacher Education for “Retention of Graduate Students through Learning Communities,”  Vol. 45.

Completed 21 doctoral students since 2009 - served as major professor for two and statistician for their research on all 21; Currently serving on 19 doctoral committees and serving as major professor for five and statistician on all 19

Selected Refereed Articles on Pedagogy

Burks, B. A., & Kraska, M. (September 2013). Practice what you teach: Pre-service educators writing apprehension. Journal of Scholastic Inquiry Education.

Kraska, M. F. (Fall 2009). (Winner of Outstanding Manuscript Award – Conceptual Category) Retention of graduate students through learning communities. Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 45 (2), 54-70.

Abbreviated Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Self-Evaluation

My philosophy on teaching embodies an open, reflective, and humanistic approach to students. I believe that effective teaching emanates from the personal, professional, and technical expertise and skills of the teacher. Teaching should be student-centered to serve culturally diverse learners at various ability and maturity levels effectively and efficiently. Students should be actively involved in the teaching-learning process, as well as in decisions related to and affecting their learning. I practice my philosophy by providing frequent and positive reinforcement to students’ comments and questions, thus fostering a classroom climate conducive to student participation. Often, I ask for volunteers to respond to questions and comments from their peers. This is a valuable technique to provide opportunities for students to be successful, as they can respond confidently when they know the answer. Likewise, I call on students when I am sure they know the answer, just to help build their self-confidence and garner their participation.

Textbooks

Kraska-Miller, M. (2014). Nonparametric statistics for social and behavioral sciences. Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis.

Kraska (Miller), M. F., & Miller, W. R. (2009). Instructors and their jobs (4th ed.). Homewood, IL: American Technical Publishers.

Kraska (Miller), M. F., & Miller, W. R. (2014). Hints for the highly effective instructor: Survival skills for the technical trainer (4th ed.). Homewood, IL: American Technical Publishers. [This is a quick reference especially for technical education instructors and industry instructional programs.]


Selected Articles Published in National/International Refereed Journals

Lock, L., & Kraska, M. (2013). College of education assessment administrators: Work experiences, challenges, and incongruities. Studies in Higher Education.

Adams, O. III., & Kraska, M. (2013).  The NCAA tournament at 75. Online Journal for the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Burks, B. A., & Kraska, M. (September 2013). Practice what you teach: Pre-service educators writing apprehension. Journal of Scholastic Inquiry Education.

Pritchett, C. G., & Kraska, M. (2013). Perceptions of technology leadership in schools. Southern Journal of Educational Administration,
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Kraska, M. F. (2010). Multivariate Analysis of variance (MANOVA). SAGE Reference project: Encyclopedia of Research Design. (Invited and refereed)

Kraska, M. F. (2010). Repeated-measures designs. SAGE Reference project: Encyclopedia of Research Design. (Invited and refereed)

Kraska, M. F., (2010). Quantitative Research. SAGE Reference project: Encyclopedia of Research Design. (Invited and refereed)

Kraska, M. F. (2008). Assessment. Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, Vol. 1, 60-65.

Kraska, M. F. (2008). Quantitative research methods. Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, Vol. 2, 832-838.

Kraska, M. F. (2008). Random sample. Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, Vol. 2, 839-840

Kraska, M. F., Zinner, B., & Abebe, A. (Spring 2007). Employment of individuals with disabilities. The Journal for Vocational Special Needs Education, 29 (3), 22-29.

Selected Refereed Papers at Professional Meetings

Kraska, M. (February 21, 2014). Central Limit Theorem and Sampling Distributions (E-Poster). Conference on Statistical Practice. Tampa, FL.

Willis, J., McDaniel, R., & Kraska, M. (2013, November 3-4). Vocational Evaluation: The Impact of Employment Outcomes. National Conference on Rehabilitation Education. Arlington, VA.

Adams III, O., & Kraska, M. (2013, May 29). Financial management of intercollegiate athletics mirrors institutional financial management. Annual North American Society for Sport Management Conference. Austin, TX.

Adams III, O., & Kraska, M. (2013, February 10). The Rise of the Southeastern Conference. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.

Kraska, M., & Tazewell, D. (2013, February 14). Life Skills for Individuals with Vision Impairments. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Las Vegas, NV.

Bryant, J., & Kraska, M. (2012, September 7). Factors Affecting Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) Scores. Presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA). New Orleans, LA.

Pritchett, C., & Kraska, M. (2012, September 8). Perceptions of Technology Leadership in Schools. Presented at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA). New Orleans, LA.

Adams III, O., & Kraska, M. F. (2012, February 10). Waiting for the big one: Conference realignment. Paper at the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Las Vegas, NV.

Adams III, O., & Kraska, M. F. (2011, April 15). Conference realignment in intercollegiate athletics. Southern Sport Management Conference. Troy, AL.

Adams III, O., & Kraska, M. F., & Hill, Bernard L. (2010, June 5). Cost Control: The Challenge for Intercollegiate Athletics. North American Society for Sport Management, Tampa, FL.

International Activities

The program in which I participated was the National Education Development Project (NEDP) for the Republic of Turkey. The World Bank, whose representative monitored and assessed progress on a quarterly basis, supported this three-year project through a loan to the country of Turkey. The centralized state-supported educational system is controlled and managed by the Ministry of National Education (MONE) located in the capital city of Ankara.

Type of Work: My work required me to be involved directly and indirectly with several of the Directorates within the MONE during the two-year period of my consultancy (January 1993–December 1994). The project included the elementary, middle school, and secondary grade levels, and the National Center for Technical Education Research and Development. The work covered a full range of professional education personnel development (teachers, administrators, and counselors) and education program development activities ranging from educational design, planning, implementation, and field testing to management, evaluation, program revision, and student follow-up. In addition, my work included development of a macro plan for the organization, operation, and management of a National Center for Technical Education Research and Development.



Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    My professional expertise is in teaching statistics courses such as non-parametric statistics, structural equation modeling, multivariate analysis of variance, and regression. I share my expertise not only by teaching, but also by mentoring students and other faculty members. My expertise covers the full range of research design and analysis including planning, sampling, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and report preparation. My expertise is manifested in my statistics training and my ability to relate theory to practice. I am a sought-after mentor among doctoral students from various disciplines and other professors seeking to develop and enhance their research and analysis skills. As a professor and Director of Research for the Center for Disability Research and Service, I have many opportunities to interact with individuals from various state and national agencies and organizations where statistical analyses are needed. As a professional statistician, I am able to communicate research designs and results effectively to non-statisticians who are interested in meaningful applications of results.

Personal Interests

    I am very interested in the health, safety, and security of animals, especially dogs. My dog is my inspiration! She makes me want to live up to the expectations she has for me and to be as amazing as she thinks I am!

    Also, I like going to athletic events with my husband, especially football, men's basketball, and baseball. Being at a football school and in the SEC, one has got to love the Auburn Tigers!

    I like watching western movies and listening to soft rock and classical music.

Websites

Books

Featured Title
 Featured Title - Nonparametric Stats for Social & Behav Sci - 1st Edition book cover

Articles

Studies in Higher Education

College of education assessment administrators: work experiences, challenges, an


Published: Feb 25, 2014 by Studies in Higher Education
Authors: Lock, L. k., & Kraska, M.
Subjects: Business & Management, Statistics

Study was based on surveying colleges/schools of education with graduate programs from the U.S. News and World Report 'Best Education Schools 2011' (N=89).Results indicated that greatest time was spent on data collection, data management, and compilation; while least time was focused on instrument technical characteristics and opportunities for professional development. Working with faculty to facilitate their engagement of the assessment process was viewed as most challenging.

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