Faculty Assessment Fellows


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. He currently directs the Provost Assessment Scholars Program with more information about that found here: http://www.scranton.edu/provostscholars
Email: nicholas.truncale@scranton.edu

Tara Fay, M.S.

Prior to joining The University of Scranton faculty in 2008, Tara Fay currently serves as the Laboratory Supervisor for Human Anatomy and Physiology and teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology lecture and laboratory, General Physiology laboratory, and a travel course called Extreme Physiology.  Tara became interested in using assessment as a tool to help her continually improve her courses and has attended numerous teaching workshops and conferences related to pedagogy and assessment. 
Email: tara.fay@scranton.edu


Adam Pratt, Ph.D.

Dr. Adam Pratt joined the OEA in September 2017. As a member of the History Department, Dr. Pratt teaches courses on the Age of Jackson, the American Civil War, and Native American History, as well as introductory courses to U.S. history. In addition, he teaches courses on historical research methods for undergraduates. In addition to the OEA, he sits on the General Education Assessment committee, and is a member of the CAS Curriculum and Assessment Committee and the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee.
Email: adam.pratt@scranton.edu