Why Committees?

The Nature of Evidence: How Do You Know, while focusing on the first-year experience, is a university wide initiative. As such, much interdepartmental collaboration is needed and desired to ensure that this plan will serve our students in the most productive and sustainable ways possible.

To this end, committees were carefully selected to ensure representation from major disciplinary areas (Natural/Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Interdisciplinary Studies), Campus Life, Emory Libraries, and the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Since the QEP is being designed as a sustainable program that will exist long after the five-year plan has expired, QEP specific staffing is limited to a half-time faculty director and a full-time program coordinator.

QEP Faculty Director - Dr. Tracy Scott

Dr. Tracy L. Scott is the Director of Emory’s Quality Enhancement Plan on The Nature of Evidence: How Do You Know, and a Senior Lecturer in Sociology.

Dr. Scott received an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University, an MA in Theology from Fuller Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University.

While finishing her dissertation about gender and religious differences in work values, Dr. Scott became involved in healthcare research. She continued in that field for 11 years, first as a senior researcher at the Prudential Center for Health Care Research and then as a Research Assistant Professor at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Although Dr. Scott valued her time in healthcare research, her primary passion is teaching and mentoring students. In 2007, she moved into teaching full time with the Sociology Department at Emory University.

Dr. Scott focuses her teaching on making connections between the evidence produced by social research and everyday life. Her goal is that students use this evidence to understand the world more critically, be more reflective in their actions, and make more informed choices in their own lives.

Contact Dr. Scott: qep.director@emory.edu

QEP Post-Doctoral Fellow - Dr. Brandy Simula

Brandy Simula is a post-doctoral fellow on the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): The Nature of Evidence and an instructor in the Department of Sociology at Emory University. She received her PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with a disciplinary concentration in Sociology from Emory University.

Her research examines the intersections of gender, power, and sexuality in interactions. Her work has been published in Sexualities, the Journal of Bisexuality, Somewhere Over the Rainbow: A Critical Inquiry into Queer Utopias and Selves, Symbols, and Sexualities: An Interactionist Anthology.

She currently serves as Director of the Mentoring Program for the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities.

Contact Brandy Simula: bsimula@emory.edu

QEP Program Coordinator - Elizabeth Fricker Fessenden

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Elizabeth Fricker Fessenden is the Program Coordinator for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): The Nature of Evidence. In this role, she coordinates the operational and logistical facets of the project. Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts (with honors) in English from the University of Denver and an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She has been an employee of Emory University since 1996.

Contact Elizabeth Fricker Fessenden: efricke@emory.edu