Meet the Learning in Action QEP Team
Heather M. Pleasants
Heather joined the OIE staff in the fall of 2014 as the Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness and currently leads The University of Alabama’s quality enhancement plan (QEP), Learning in Action: Developing Real-World Problem Solvers through High Quality Experiential Learning. Previously, she served as Director of Community Education at The University of Alabama’s Center for Community-Based Partnerships. Heather is also an experienced qualitative research methodologist, and she began her career at UA as a faculty member in the Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology and Counseling. Her work in institutional effectiveness is guided by a deep interest in process and the construction of individual, programmatic and institutional identities. Before her employment at UA, Heather held tenure-track appointments at the University of Delaware and Indiana State University. She is a graduate of Michigan State University (Ph.D. in Educational Psychology), and the University of Michigan-Flint (B.S. in Psychology).