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Cynthia Tananis (Cindy Tananis)

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PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Higher Ed: Education, Researcher, Evaluator 

BIO

Cynthia A. Tananis is an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education in the Department of Administrative and Policy Studies and teaches in the School Leadership Program. She is the founder/director of the Collaborative for Evaluation and Assessment Capacity (CEAC), a School of Education initiative to bring together various faculty, community organizations, and consultants to work together to build evaluation capacity in education. Current funded evaluation projects include the Math Science Partnership of SW PA, the Superintendent's Forum of Western Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies, and a number of other institutional, state, regional, and local initiatives.

Dr. Tananis has had a 30 year career in educational evaluation, program development, and administration and has worked with many K-12 schools across the eastern US to conduct educational evaluations and build evaluation capacity. Her expertise focuses on using participative evaluation designs with involved stakeholders, helping people make sense of and benefit from the evaluation process through collaboration and linking evaluation studies and school reform policy. 

EXPERTISE

Program evaluation
Evaluation capacity building 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Tananis, C. (2006) Imagining in the Forest Dark: The Journey of an Epistemorph in the Land of Ologies. In Garman, N. and Piantanida, M. (Eds.) The Authority to Imagine: The Struggle Toward Method in Dissertation Writing. Complicated Conversations in Curriculum Series (Pinar, W., editor). New York: Peter Lang Publishers.

Piantanida, M., Tananis, C., and Grubs, R. (2004) Generating grounded theory of/for educational practice: The journey of three Epistemorphs. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, June 2004. London: Taylor and Francis.

Tananis, C. (2004) Southwest Pennsylvania: Summary report of data from the 2002-03 District Profile of Math and Science Indicators. The Journal Math & Science Collaborative, Pittsburgh, PA.

Tananis, C. (2003) Southwest Pennsylvania: Summary report of data from the 2001-02 District Profile of Math and Science Indicators. The Journal Math & Science Collaborative, Pittsburgh, PA.

Tananis, C. (2004) Making sense of multiple data sources: TIMSS, PSSA and the District Profiles of Math and Science Indicators. Network Connections, Math and Science Collaborative, February, 2004. Pittsburgh, PA

Tananis, C. (2003) Ontological, axiological and epistemological foundations of evaluation practice: A heuristic to consider. Presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual conference, November, 2003. Reno, NV. Hosted by the Feminist Evaluation TIG.

Tananis, C. (2003) Bringing TIMSS international benchmarking home to local schools: A study in local evaluation utilization. Presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) annual conference, November, 2003. Reno, NV.

Tananis, C. (2003) An educational global positioning system: Bringing TIMSS international benchmarking home to local schools. Presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual conference, April, 2003. Chicago, IL. Hosted by the Research in Evaluation SIG.