Raoul A. Arreola received his Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology, specializing in measurement and evaluation, in 1969 from Arizona State University. Teacher, author, trainer and consultant to nearly 300 of colleges nationally and internationally, Dr. Arreola has published in the areas of distance education, academic leadership, and faculty evaluation and development. His best-selling book Developing a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation System now in its second edition, is widely used in colleges and universities in designing faculty evaluation programs. Dr. Arreola is on the faculty of The University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he has also held several administrative positions including Chairman of the Department of Education and Director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning. In addition Dr. Arreola has served on the staff of the University of Tennessee Institute for Leadership Effectiveness as one of only 15 faculty selected from throughout the University’s 5-campus system to serve as a facilitator in the leadership training of over 300 academic administrators. For the last 17 years Dr. Arreola has conducted national workshops on faculty evaluation for thousands of faculty and administrators from over 500 colleges throughout the world. He has been invited to make numerous keynote addresses on the topics of assessing faculty performance, evaluating and enhancing teaching, the use of technology in teaching, and identifying, measuring, and developing he skill set components of teaching excellence. For the last two years Dr. Arreola has been a featured presenter on faculty evaluation in Magna Publication’s Audio Conference series. In 2004 Dr. Arreola received the McKeachie Career Achievement Award from the American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group on Faculty Teaching, Evaluation, and Development. In addition, in 2005 his work on defining the professoriate as a ‘meta-profession’ and identifying the subordinate skill sets of faculty work was recognized by the American Educational Research Association which awarded him its prestigious Relating Research to Practice Award.
Karan L. Watson, Ph.D., P.E. is interim Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity at Texas A&M University. From February 2002 through November 2008, she served as Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost since February 1, 2002. She joined the faculty of Texas A&M University in 1983 in the Electrical Engineering Department, where she is currently a Regents Professor. Dr. Watson is a registered professional engineer and has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). She received the US President’s Award for Mentoring Minorities and Women in Science and Technology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) mentoring award, the IEEE International Undergraduate Teaching Award, the TAMU Association of Former Students University Award for Student relationships, the TAMU Provost’s Award for Diversity, the TAMU Women’s Week Award for Administrators, the College of Engineering Crawford Teaching Award, and was named a TAMU Regents Professor. She has chaired the doctoral committees of 32 students and over 60 master degree students. In 2003-2004 she served as a Senior Fellow of the National Academy of Engineers’ Center for the Advancement of Scholarship in Engineering Education, and since 1991 she has served as an accreditation evaluator and commissioner for engineering programs for ABET, both in the US and internationally. In November 2005 she was named as the Interim Vice President and Associate Provost of Diversity.