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Maryalice Wu
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(217) 244-0937
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Maryalice Wu

Maryalice Wu, CITL

Maryalice is the Director of Data Analytics at the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Illinois and has been working in statistical consulting at the University since 1999. Her recent research focuses on the economic and health empowerment of women in developing nations. Her other projects relate to program evaluations in academia, including research on the impact of MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses). She has taught several courses at Illinois, including Introduction to Social Statistics (SOC 280) and Social Research Methods (Soc 380).

Dawn Owens

Dawn Owens, CITL

Dawn is the Senior Data and Survey Scientist at CITL and the University's official representative to the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). She has an M.A. in Sociology from Illinois and has worked in the data group (and its former incarnations) in various capacities since 1989. She manages learning analytics data from several sources, helps administers several campus surveys, and provides social science data to members of the university community. She also provides consulting on data management and programming.

Kit Santa Ana

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Since graduating from Illinois with a B.A. in Economics, Kathleen has taken on the role of Data & Survey Scientist in the Data Analytics unit of CITL. This role focuses on cleaning and coding data for analysis, producing recurring summary statistical reports, and programming online data collection tools. She has a well-working knowledge of SPSS, Python, LaTeX, XML, and their various applications in streamlining data cleaning and reporting. She also has experience in managing and harmonizing datasets across multiple time points (longitudinal and milestone data), multiple survey revisions, and multiple modes of implementation.

Alvaro Cruz

Alvaro Cruz, CITL

Alvaro is a Ph.D. student in Quantitative Psychology within the Department of Psychology at Illinois. His research interests focus primarily on Item Response Theory, Computerized Adaptive Testing, and broadly on Psychometrics and Bayesian Methodologies in educational settings and beyond. He is currently working on research implementing classification as a diagnostic tool in assessments. As a graduate consultant at CITL Data Analytics, Alvaro is working on how to best assess student log data and application interactions among other research questions, primarily working in R but always looking to learn new programming languages. He is aiming to receive an M.A. in Quantitative Psychology and a M.S. in Applied Statistics by the end of his third year, as he continues on with his doctoral degree. He currently is the instructional teaching assistant for Intro to Statistics and enjoys making the topic and concepts accessible to all his students.

Paige Cunningham

Paige Cunningham, CITL

Paige is a doctoral student in the School of Information Sciences. Her research focuses on communication patterns between students in Coursera MOOC courses, examining the effects of course subject matter and format, payment, and specializations on levels and types of communication and on persistence within courses and specializations. At CITL, she works on data preparation and data management for Illinois’ Coursera learning analytics data. She has earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and an M.S. in Library and Information Science.

Emily Forbes

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Emily is a recent Illinois Sociology graduate with a minor in English. She first joined the data analytics group in 2014 as an undergraduate data analysis intern. Now, she works as an Assistant Data Analyst and currently serves as the CITL Data Workshop Administrator. She is particularly interested in her work at CITL surrounding the self-reported barriers undergraduate students face to academic success and the avenues by which people gain knowledge, especially online learning.

Maria Fox

Maria Fox, CITL

Maria is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Illinois. Her research interests focus on the biomechanics of human movement and human evolutionary anatomy, and her dissertation research examines the biomechanical effects of body size differences in humans. Maria has an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati and also has a background in web/interaction design and visual communication. Maria works primarily with R, SPSS, MATLAB, and JMP.

Ashley Hutson

Ashley Hutson, CITL

Ashley is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Illinois. Her research interests focus on racial, gender and class inequality in the United States. She is currently developing her dissertation on street harassment using a mobile application. In her own research and as a graduate consultant at CITL Data Analytics. She has been certified by ATLAS.ti as a student trainer. She has an M.A. in Sociology from Illinois. Ashley has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Saint Mary's College and Butler University.

Nandini Jain

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Nandini is an undergraduate student in Mathematics and Statistics at Illinois. As an intern at CITL Data Analytics, Nandini is working on a project that entails exploration of student interaction with the eText platform through programming on R. Her interests include computation and analysis and she is always looking to learn new programming languages. 

Justin Pierce

Justin Pierce, CITL

Justin is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at Illinois. He studies International Relations and his research interest is in the European Union, especially decision, legislation and policy making in the European Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. He is currently in his third year of his program and his finishing up his coursework. He most often works in R, but also works with Stata and SPSS. He has an M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University and a B.A. in International Relations from Saint Joseph's University.

Luke Plutowski

Luke Potowski, CITL

Luke is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on Latin American politics, with a focus on local-level elections in Brazil. He has expertise in R, LaTeX, survey software, experimental design, and regression.

Cheryl Weyant

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Cheryl is a Ph.D. student in Civil Environmental Engineering at Illinois. Her research focuses on field measurements of particle emissions from industries and household cooking. She uses Stata and Matlab to process, analyze, and plot her datasets. She excels at creative data visualizations.

Liqun Zeng

Liqun Zehn, CITL

Liqun is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Illinois. Her research interests center on the intersection of gender and migration. Her current project is on the disparities of marital and educational outcome among rural-to-urban migrants in China. She was a graduate teaching assistant for a series of intro and intermediate level courses in social research methods and social statistics. In her own research and as a graduate consultant at CITL, Liqun works most frequently with SAS, Stata, and R. She has earned an M.A. in Sociology from the Peking University.

Jiawei Zhang

Jiawei Zhang

Jiawei is an undergraduate student in Psychology and Statistics at Illinois. With experience in research, she is currently conducting research as an assistant in a personality and leadership meta-analysis lab as well as a clinical psychology lab. As an intern at CITL, Jiawei focuses on a project exploring relationships between the usage of eText and student performance. Her interests are measurements, assessments, and in general applying statistical analysis in psychological and educational fields.