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SBOS Assistant Prof. Tarek Azzam honored by American Evaluation Association

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Tarek Azzam, assistant professor in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences (SBOS), will be honored with the 2012 Marcia Guttentag Promising New Evaluator Award from the American Evaluation Association (AEA).

The award is presented to a promising new evaluator whose work is consistent with AEA’s guiding principles for evaluators

 “I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award from AEA,” Azzam said. “I want to express my deepest gratitude to those that have supported me throughout my evaluation career. I feel very fortunate to be part of the evaluation field, with its fascinating challenges, intrigues, and debates.”

Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations to improve their effectiveness.

The AEA is an international professional association of evaluators devoted to the application and exploration of program evaluation, personnel evaluation, technology, and many other forms of evaluation. The organization comprises about 7,500 members worldwide.

At just five years post graduate school, Azzam has already established an international reputation in evaluation. He as taken on more than 20 evaluation projects in education, health and prevention, international development, and capacity building. He has authored more than 10 published papers that focus on the development of new methods suited for real world evaluations. These methods attempt to address some of the logistical, political, and technical challenges that evaluators commonly face. His work aims to improve the rigor and credibility of evaluations and to increase its potential impact on programs and policies.

He has been involved in projects that have included the evaluation of student retention programs at the K-12 and university levels; science, technology, engineering, and math education programs; pregnancy prevention programs; children’s health programs; and international development efforts for the Rockefeller and Packard Foundations.

The award committee stated that "Azzam’s accomplishments are many and he exemplifies all that could be hoped for in a new evaluator. He is a prolific published scholar/educator, innovator, mentor and trainer who has won the profound respect of his colleagues.”

SBOS Dean Stewart Donaldson, who nominated Azzam for the award, wasn't surprised by the committee's praise.

“His energy, enthusiasm, and love for evaluation are truly amazing," Donaldson said. "Tarek is committed to promoting and advancing evaluation as a field of study and a profession. He is also one of the most passionate and effective teachers of evaluation that I have ever known.” 

Azzam will receive the award in Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 26 during a ceremony at Evaluation 2012.

About the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences

Since the late 1960s, the School of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University has been a leader in providing graduate education in applied psychological science, and in preparing students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and global community. Many of the school’s 1,200 alumni hold major positions in business, consulting, government, health care, public health, community settings, research institutes and think tanks, and at colleges and major universities across the globe.

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