Marilee Bresciani, Ph.D
Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education
San Diego State University
3590 Camino del Rio North,
San Diego, California 92108
Marilee J. Bresciani, Ph.D. serves as a Professor of Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, where she coordinates the certificate in institutional research, planning, and assessment, and the doctorate in community college/postsecondary education leadership. The curriculum in these programs emphasizes the integration of out-of-class learning with in-class learning, the integration of intuition into evidence-based decision-making, and the practice of personal authenticity and integrity of leaders in a socially just and global environment.
Dr. Bresciani’s past research has focused on the evaluation of student learning and development and the role leaders play in using evidence to improve student learning and development in higher education. Her most recent research explores the roles of intuition, authenticity, and self-inquiry in evidence-based decision making.
Dr. Bresciani has held faculty and higher education administration positions for over 24 years. In those positions, she has conducted enrollment management research, quantitative and qualitative institutional research, course-embedded assessment, and academic and administrative program assessment. Previously as Assistant Vice President for Institutional Assessment at Texas A&M University and as Director of Assessment at North Carolina State University, Dr. Bresciani led university-wide initiatives to embed faculty-driven outcomes-based assessment in the curriculum. She has led reforms in outcomes-based assessment program review, assessment of general education, quality enhancement, and assessment of the co-curricular.
Dr. Bresciani has been invited to present and publish her findings on assessment and is a leading author of five books on assessing student learning and outcomes-based assessment program review and two books on self-inquiry and authenticity exploration. Dr. Bresciani has developed and delivered several courses on assessment of student learning, as well as self-inquiry. She is a managing partner in an international assessment and enrollment management consulting firm (www.UniversityAssessmentOnline.org) and the Founder of Rushing to Yoga Foundation (www.rushingtoyoga.org), a foundation that promotes self-inquiry and peace.
Dr. Bresciani studies yoga with the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. She teaches yoga and meditation on a voluntary basis and provides well-being seminars to higher education faculty, administrators, and students. It is through these seminars, where she promotes self-reflection, responsibility for one's actions, and strategies to empower others so that integrity and intuition can be integrated with evidence to inform decisions that promote peace. Marilee’s mantra is “I teach what I need to learn.”
Dr. Bresciani holds a Ph.D. in Administration, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Nebraska and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Hastings College.
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