Dr. Mary Piontek is a Senior Researcher who has over 25 years of experience conducting program evaluation and educational research, and providing professional development training in qualitative and quantitative research, personnel and program evaluation, educational assessment, learning strategies, standards and curriculum development, focus group design, survey design, and communicating and reporting findings. Her research and evaluation experience includes needs assessments and program development, personnel and program evaluation, organizational development and strategic planning, logic model development, case study research, survey research, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Dr. Piontek has worked with private foundations; arts and culture organizations; institutions of higher education; education and health/human service government agencies; social service and health system organizations; schools and districts; and community-based organizations and service providers locally, regionally, and nationally.
She has served as the evaluator on a variety of external grants from private foundations and other funding sources including the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Piontek holds a B.A. and M.A. in English from University of Michigan and the Western Michigan University, respectively, and a Ph.D. in measurement, research, and evaluation from Western Michigan University. She co-authored a book on communicating and reporting strategies for evaluation for Sage Publications.
Outside of work, Mary enjoys knitting and fiber arts, jewelry making, antiquing, and attending art, history, and science museums, as well as performing arts events.