Jerry Somerville earned his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in community college leadership from Oregon State University. Dr. Somerville’s interest in assessment and learning began with his first master’s degree in psychology during the 1960’s. The focus of that degree was on learning, research methods, and psychometrics. His second master’s degree, which he pursed in the 1980s, was in physical education. The focus of this degree was on the applied sciences with a specific emphasis on motor learning and control, motor skill assessment, and anthropometric measurement. He continued his interest in assessment with his doctoral studies at Oregon State University and is prepared to share what he has learned.
Dr. Somerville has had a long and distinguished career with one community college. Throughout his 40 year tenure with Napa Valley College he severed in a wide variety of faculty and administrative leadership roles in student services, instruction, and curriculum management. Prior to his retirement, he served as the lead person coaching college personnel through the development and assessment of student learning outcomes. Dr. Somerville now works as an educational consultant and free agent researcher, which allows him the opportunity to pursue research related to learning, assessment, and curriculum design.
Through his research he has identified ten institutional characteristics affecting the meaningful assessment of student learning. Embedded in these characteristics are specific faculty and administrator responsibilities and clues as to why these are important to a meaningful process. Dr. Somerville has five published and several unpublished works related to the mission of the community college and to the management of student learning outcomes and assessment. He has presented on these and other topics at several conferences. Also, he has received awards for his research, teaching, and intercollegiate coaching.
- Badway, N. N., & Somerville, J. A. (2012). The Most Important Information Needs for Advanced Technological Education: A Delphi Study of the Opinions of Project Directors, Center Directors, and Other ATE Leaders. Boulder, CO: Discovering the Educational Consequences of Advanced Technological Education (DECA) Project
- Somerville, J. A. (2011). Capacity for Meaningful Learning Assessment in Community Colleges. Napa, CA: JA Somerville Consulting.
- Badway, N. N. & Somerville J. A. (2011). Information Needs Perceived as Important by Leaders in Advanced Technological Education: Alignment with Community College Program Improvement Initiatives. The Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 35(1&2), 18-28.
- Somerville, J. A. (2008). Critical Factors Affecting the Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: A Delphi Study of the Opinions of Community College Personnel. The Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 15(2), 109-119
- Somerville, J. A. (2005). The Shaping of the American Community College Mission. Community College Moment, spring 2005, 7-13
- Served on a National Science Foundation panel reviewing Advanced Technological Education Targeted Research grant proposals, December 2010
- Award for Excellence in Dissertation Research, The Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges, 2008
- McPherson Distinguished Teacher, Napa Valley College, 1998
- California Community College Tennis Coach of the Year, Intercollegiate Tennis Association, 1997
- Badway, N. N., Somerville, J. A., Clement, L., Wall A., Dahl, I. & Runde C. (2011, October 27). Essential Elements of Effective Bridge Programs. Presented at the Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference, Washington DC.
- Badway, N. N. & Somerville J. A. (2011, April 9). Researching Innovative Community College Programs: Recognizing the Importance of Primary End Users. Presented at the Council for the Study of Community Colleges Conference, New Orleans, LA
- Badway, N. N. & Somerville J. A. (2010, April 16). Moving from Compliance to Program Improvement: Perceptions of Leaders in Advanced Technological Education. Presented at the Council for the Study of Community Colleges Conference, Seattle, WA
- Badway, N. N. & Somerville J. A. (2008, October 30). What Information Do You Need to Manage an ATE Program. Presented at the Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference, Washington DC.
- Somerville, J. A. (2008, November 21). Meaningful Assessment of Student Learning: The Extremely Important Role of Administrators. Presented at the Community College League of California Conference, Anaheim, CA.
- Somerville, J. A. (2008, April 5). Meaningful Assessment of Student Learning: The Critically Important Role of Faculty. Presented at the Faculty Association for California Community Colleges Teaching and Learning Colloquium, Napa, CA.
- Somerville, J. A. (2007, October 5). Critical Factors Affecting the Meaningful Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes: A Delphi Study of the Opinions of Community College Personnel. Presented at the Strengthening Student Success Conference, San Jose, CA.
- Somerville, J. A. (2006, October 5). Community College Capacity to Meaningfully Assess Student Learning: Preliminary Findings. Poster session at the Strengthening Student Success Conference, San Diego, CA.