Carol Ann Gittens is an associate professor with tenure in the Child Studies Program and directs SCU’s undergraduate pre-teaching advising program and the Interdisciplinary minor in Urban Education designed for students interested in pursuing careers in PreK-12 education. She is currently an associate dean in the College of Arts and Science, and has served as interim dean for the graduate School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Dr. Gittens was the founding Director of SCU’s Office of Assessment.
Dr. Gittens studies the interface of critical thinking, motivation, mathematical reasoning, and academic achievement. She is an author or co-author on numerous articles and assessment tools focusing on critical thinking skills, numeracy, and academic motivation across the lifespan. Her areas of expertise include assessment of institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes, accreditation planning, translating strategic vision into measureable objectives to serve diverse learners, designing sustainable assessment systems at all levels of the institution, critical thinking pedagogy and assessment, as well as statistics and assessment design for individuals and institutions. She is an educational assessment mentor and accreditation evaluator for the WASC Senior College and University Commission as well as a Board of Institutional Reviewers member of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), and a senior research associate with Insight Assessment, LLC.
Dr. Gittens earned her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California at Riverside. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of California at Davis. Prior to her appointment at Santa Clara University she taught at California State University, San Bernardino and at Mills College in Oakland, California.