Biography

Angela Polczynski is Senior Program Coordinator of Special Programs for the McGovern Center, striving to deliver high-quality programs for students and faculty of UTHealth. 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 events and lectures.

Ms. Polczynski is actively involved in quality enhancement initiatives. Ms. Polczynski previously analyzed and managed assessment data, which she continues to sustain, for the university’s first Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) entitled, “Beyond Silos: Enhancing Ethics Education In and Across the Health Professions.” As part of this QEP, she oversaw the implementation and assessment of The Brewsters, an online educational activity for incoming students of UTHealth. She is the assessment director for UTHealth’s current Quality Enhancement Plan, “Healthcare Policy for Health Professionals.”

Ms. Polczynski previously worked in market research for nearly 10 years. She held roles as a project manager, research analyst, data processor and programmer, and data collector before joining the McGovern Center.  She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration from Sam Houston State University, and will graduate in Spring 2021 with an EdD from the Department of Educational Leadership.  Her dissertation is entitled, “Exploring the Relationship Between Technology Use and Student Performance in Developmental Mathematics.” She also will return in Fall 2021 to complete an MS in Educational Research with the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

Her expertise includes social science and educational research; quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods; univariate and multivariate statistics; survey and action research; assessment; program evaluation; educational, instructional, and learning technology, and educational theory and practices relevant to adult learners, and nontraditional, underprepared, and developmental education students.

Education

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

Areas of Interest

Research Interests

Higher education
Educational research
Assessment, evaluation, and measurement
Quantitative and qualitative methodologies
Mixed methods, survey, and action research
Statistics
Developmental education
Adult learning theory and practice
Program development
Educational, instructional, & learning technology

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.