JEFFREY S. BEAUDRY, received a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis in 1987. He is an associate professor in the Department of Professional Education. He joined the USM faculty in Fall, 1995, arriving from a position on the Mathematics, Science, and Technology Standards Design Team in Corvallis, Oregon. In this position he developed district content standards and coordinated professional development for implementing standards. From 1992-1994 Jeff was senior program evaluator at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) for the Regional Eisenhower Science and Mathematics Program for the Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
His teaching career began as an assistant professor at St. John’s University, as a full-time faculty in the Educational Leadership doctoral program. While there Jeff taught basic and advanced statistics and research design, and program evaluation courses to Master’s and Doctoral students. He also worked on numerous research projects and doctoral committees as the research design specialist. As a member of collaborative teams he published research articles with colleagues like Richard Sinatra in literacy development, James Campbell in parental influences on student achievement, and Rita and Ken Dunn in the areas of learning styles.
Jeff arrived at USM with several professional goals: 1) provide a Master’s Program supported by distance learning technology, 2) work as a staff member in the Center for Educational Policy, Applied Research and Education (CEPARE), and 3) design and teach a course in testing and assessment for the Educational Leadership Program. As a Senior Evaluator for CEPARE he collaborated with staff to develop the first three editions of the data book, The Condition of K-12 Education in Maine. Since 1998 he has devoted his evaluation work to the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA).
In 1996 Jeff offered the first course in Testing and Assessment in the Educational Leadership Program. Since then he has focused his professional teaching and research efforts on developing teachers’ knowledge and skills in this area. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the Comprehensive Assessment System of Maine, including the Maine Educational Assessment. He has made numerous presentations at the American Educational Research Association and the New England Educational Research Organization on topics relating to classroom assessment practices. To further the work in classroom assessment research Jeff coordinated a long-term Libra Scholar appointment for Richard Stiggins at USM. A highlight of the Fall, 1998 Libra Program was the state-wide conference on assessment attended by over 350 teachers and administrators. Since that time three follow-up conferences on assessment were held 2000, 2002, and 2004.
On the home front, Jeff is married to Judy, a respiratory therapist and has two daughters, Nellie and Jill. The daughters are enrolled in public schools in Portland and participate in a variety of sports, soccer, track, basketball, softball, and lacrosse. All have enjoyed Maine winters by downhill skiing, snowboarding, and take great delight in Maine summers. Jeff has coached girls’ soccer and been director of competitive soccer for the Portland Youth Soccer Association since 1996. He is an avid sports enthusiast, running, tennis, biking, playing soccer and swimming.