Biography

Angela Polczynski is Senior Coordinator of Special Programs for the McGovern Center. She formally coordinates the Center’s blue book and fourth-year electives, Arts and Resilience Program, Clinical Humanities Certificate Program, Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration, and Campus-Wide Humanities and Ethics Program. She is also the Center’s web manager; is actively engaged in educational research, assessment, and evaluation; and coordinates special events and lectures.

Dr. Polczynski is involved in quality enhancement initiatives. She previously analyzed and managed assessment data for the university’s first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) entitled, “Beyond Silos: Enhancing Ethics Education In and Across the Health Professions,” an activity she sustains. As part of this QEP, she oversaw implementation and assessment of The Brewsters, an online educational activity for incoming students of UTHealth. She is currently the assessment director for UTHealth’s current Quality Enhancement Plan, “Healthcare Policy for Health Professionals,” leading efforts in assessing student learning. Dr. Polczynski also collaborates with fellow QEP team members to design, implement, and evaluate educational interventions about healthcare policy. Prior to joining the McGovern Center, Dr. Polczynski worked for a market research firm for nearly 10 years as a project manager, research analyst, and in data processing, programming, and collecting for consumer insights and quantitative and qualitative social science research.

She holds an undergraduate and a graduate degree in business administration and a doctorate in education leadership from Sam Houston State University. Her dissertation, entitled, “Exploring the Relationship Between Technology Use and Student Performance in Developmental Mathematics” was a quantitative study using institutional-level data in developmental and college-level mathematics coursework and instructional technology to explore whether reported instructional technologies were related to how students performed in the courses. Dr. Polczynski will complete a Master’s of Science in Educational Research with the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University, with a concentration in Research, Measurement, and Statistics. Her master’s project is a program evaluation of the Center’s Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration.

Dr. Polczynski’s expertise includes: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods educational research; univariate and multivariate statistics; survey research; assessment of student learning; program evaluation; measurement and methodology; action research; educational, instructional, and learning technology; and educational theory and practices for adult learners.

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration
Sam Houston State University
Master of Business Administration
Sam Houston State University
Master of Science (Candidate)
Georgia State University
Doctor of Education
Sam Houston State University

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

Higher education
Education research
Assessment of student learning
Program evaluation
Measurement theory
Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies
Survey research
Statistics
Adult learning theory and practice
Program development
Educational and instructional technology
Action research
Quality improvement and management

Publications

Publication Information

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Polczynski, A. M., Rozmus, C., & Carlin, N. (2019). Beyond silos: An interprofessional, campus-wide ethics education program. Nursing Ethics, 26(7-8), 2314-2324. doi:10.1177/0969733019832948
  • Rozmus, C., Carlin, N., Polczynski, A., Spike, J., & Buday, R. (2015). The Brewsters: A new resource for interprofessional education. Nursing Ethics, 22(7), 815-826. doi:10.1177/0969733014547974
  • Carlin, N., Flaitz, C., & Polczynski, A. (2013). Interprofessional ethics: An innovative active-learning experience for health professional students. Journal of Dental Education, 77(2), 224.

Conference Presentations

  • Rozmus, C. L., Carlin, N., Polczynski, A., & Frazier, L. (2017, July). Beyond silos: An interprofessional, campus-wide ethics education program. Paper presented at the 2017 International Nursing Research Congress, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Polczynski, A. (2017, March). A road map for applying culturally responsive teaching in the health humanities. Poster presented at the 2017 International Health Humanities Consortium, Houston, TX.
  • Polczynski, A. (2016, February). Exploring the relationship between developmental program characteristics and student performance in community colleges in Texas. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Carlin, N., Flaitz, C., & Polczynski, A. (2013, March). Interprofessional ethics: An innovative active-learning experience for health professional students. Paper and poster presented at the annual meeting and exhibition of the American Dental Education Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Carlin, N., Seifert, W., Polczynski, A., Spike, J., & Cole, T. (2012, June). The Brewsters: A new resource for interprofessional ethics education for health professional schools.. Paper presented at the 16th annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, Portland, OR.