Faculty Assessment Fellows

Faculty Assessment Fellows are available to schedule appointments to assist individual faculty and/or academic departments with various assessment activities. Fore more information, contact the Office of Educational Asssessment at 570-941-7693 or assessment@scranton.edu, or contact Fellows directly via the email addresses below.


Satyajit Ghosh, Ph.D.

During his long teaching career Satyajit Ghosh has always been interested in assessment.  He served on various assessment committees: Subcommittee on Assessment, Middle States Accreditation Committee (1997); Committee on Program Evaluation (1994-1996); and the GE Subcommittee of Middle States Accreditation Committee (2006). But it was 2007-2008 when he became very directly involved with educational assessment as he started to work closely with KSOM Assistant Dean Paul Perhach who was the main architect of Kania School’s assessment program. Satyajit worked as a faculty assessor on every KSOM assessment day that was held between 2008 and 2012. During this time with the help of his departmental colleagues Dr. Ghosh also developed the Student Learning goals for Economics and Finance majors. Satyajit continued his assessment related activities through his two recent committee appointments. In 2013 he served on the Institutional Learning Outcomes Working Group and helped to create a “draft” of the institutional learning outcomes—an integral part of University’s assessment plan. He served on the Middle States Monitoring Report Coordinating Committee in 2014. Over the past few years Dr. Ghosh has been developing various interactive teaching tools, based on “active learning models” to  “close the loop” in individual course assessment plan and help students attain their learning goals. He presented various research papers containing these alternative pedagogical tools and their assessment in several national and international conferences. Email: satyajit.ghosh@scranton.edu

Vanessa A. Silla, Ed.D.

Vanessa Talarico has been involved with assessment since 2008, when she served as a member of the Education Curriculum Committee, which was responsible for preparing the special education program revisions for the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Since that time, she has continued to serve on the curriculum committee for program revisions of the Middle Level 4-8 program as well as the Early and Primary PK-4 program. She served as chair of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) internal audit committee for the Education Department and was a member of the TEAC inquiry brief proposal committee. Dr. Talarico also served as a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) annual report committee. She currently serves as the chair of the Assessment Committee in the Education Department. In 2013, Dr. Talarico served as the chair of the Middle States Periodic Review Report Subcommittee on Institutional Assessment and Planning for Standard 7: Institutional Assessment. Email: vanessa.silla@scranton.edu

Nicholas P. Truncale, M.S.

Prior to joining The University of Scranton faculty, Nicholas Truncale was a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin working on the analytics of a complex technical system improving the quality of system performance.  Because of this work, he became very interested in assessment since he arrived at The University in 2012. Currently he serves as the elementary physics laboratory director and faculty specialist for the Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering.   Over the years he has reorganized and revitalized the physics lab and continually assesses the lab’s effectiveness through an assessment plan all teaching assistants and adjunct faculty follow.  Nicholas participated in the pilot Intersession Assessment Group in 2014, assessing a GE Natural Science course “It’s Only Rocket Science” he developed. Since then he created a new course, Foundations of Physics and Engineering, which serves as his department’s first year Eloquentia Perfecta (EP) Level I oral communication and digital technology requirement. He assessed all of the EP student learning outcomes earning the course permanent EP status and also presented these assessment results at a physics education conference. He co-authored a physics program review, participated in a departmental student retention study, and “closed the loop” by helping to enact changes based upon the results of the retention study. Email: nicholas.truncale@scranton.edu

Harry Dammer, Ph.D.

Dr. Harry Dammer has served as an OEA Faculty Assessment Fellow since spring 2014.  He served as chair of the Department of Sociology-Criminal Justice and Criminology from 2004 through 2015.  His service and leadership contributed to a department that is now recognized for its commitment to student learning, service, and a remarkable level of scholarship across its faculty.  In 2015, the Criminal Justice program was certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)  - one of only ten universities in the nation to meet the requirements.  Harry has also served in leadership positions with ACJS, the National Seminar of Jesuit Higher Education, and advisory and editorial boards related to his research areas of corrections and international criminal justice.   Email; harry.dammer@scranton.edu