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About Mary E. Yakimowski

Mary E. Yakimowski, Ph.D., is a professor within the Department of Educational Leadership and Literacy at Sacred Heart University's (SHU) Isabelle Farrington College of Education in Fairfield, CT. In August 2015 she was named Assistant Dean for Assessment for the Colleg of Education.Before arriving at SHU in August of 2014, she was an Associate Professor-in-Resident for nine years at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education serving as the Director of Assessment and affiliated with the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of Educational Leadership. In her nearly 30 years in education, Mary has worked in urban Prek-12 public schools in CT, VA, and MD, served as an adjunct at UConn, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins, and employed by the CT State Department of Education and Council of Chief School Officials (CCSSO). Mary has been a very active member for three decades with the American Educational Research Association (AERA), including a member of the Executive Council and Division's H Vice President, in addition to receiving 13 awards for AERA’s Outstanding Publication Award in the assessment, program evaluation, and accountability categories.
Mary's research focuses primarily on urban districts, assessment, program evaluation, school improvement, and strategic planning. With her vast experience in Prek-12, higher education, and state department agencies, her primary focus is presently on school district and university research partnerships. Her work has been presented at regional, national, and international venues.
Professor Yakimowski served as Special Editor for the double-issue journal celebrating the 20th anniversary of Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR).
Ph.D., 1986, University of Connecticut, Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Evaluation and Measurement.


August 2014 - June 2018 Assistant Professor College of Education, Sacred Heart University ‐ Isabelle Farrington College of Education

Research Interests

Urban education, Program evaluation, School improvement, and Assessment and programming for at-risk students

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Honors and Awards

  • Special Editor for the double-issue journal celebrating the 20th anniversary of Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR).
  • Tenure 2017


Ph.D., University of Connecticut - Storrs ‐ Educational Psychology

Contact Information

Leadership Literacy 
West Campus West Building WCW*WF303 
Isabelle Farrington College of Education 


Articles (3)

Contributions to Books (1)

Conference Proceeding (1)

Presentations (2)