Lead Accreditation Panelist and Formative Evaluator
Jon Wergin is professor of educational studies in Antioch University’s PhD program in leadership and change.
Wergin received his PhD in educational psychology in 1973 from the University of Nebraska/ Lincoln. For nearly thirty years, he held faculty positions at Virginia Commonwealth University, serving in both administrative and faculty roles; while at VCU he won awards for both teaching (1996) and scholarship (1998). As a faculty member in the School of Education, he taught courses in adult and higher education and coordinated the Preparing Future Faculty for the Professions program through VCU’s Graduate School. In 1992 he took a leave from VCU to be the founding director of the Forum on Faculty Roles and Rewards within the American Association for Higher Education, and continued an active association with AAHE until 2004, focusing his scholarship on evaluation and change in academic departments. His monograph, The Collaborative Department (1994), was the first published by AAHE under the auspices of the Forum. His other books and monographs include Educating Professionals (1993, with L. Curry), which won the Best Scholarly Publication award from Division I of the American Educational Research Association; Analyzing Faculty Workload (1994); Analyzing and Evaluating Educational Research (1996, 2001, 2005, and 2010, with J. McMillan); Departmental Assessment: How Some Campuses are Effectively Evaluating the Collective Work of Faculty (AAHE: 2000, with J. N. Swingen); and Departments That Work: Creating and Sustaining Cultures of Excellence in Academic Departments (Anker, 2003). He has also published numerous journal articles on such topics as professional education, assessment, and the restructuring of faculty work, including two articles in Change magazine on accreditation and student learning (2005). His most recent book is Leadership in Place (2007), about how faculty members and other academic professionals can have a greater impact on their own institutions.
Wergin is past divisional vice president of the American Educational Research Association (Division I), and has served as chief evaluator of two national centers for research in higher education. In 2003 he completed work on a project funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts aimed at integrating efforts to assess student learning by the eight regional accrediting associations. He is a member of the National Academy for Higher Education Leadership, and has consulted with scores of national associations, accrediting bodies, and colleges and universities, on issues related to evaluation and change in higher education.
Wergin first joined TEAC in 2006 as a member of its Accreditation Panel; he served as a consulting staff auditor during 2008-2009; and currently serves as panel chair for Inquiry Brief Proposals.