Kara Moloney, Ph.D.

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Position Title
Academic Assessment Team Lead

  • Learning, Teaching, and Assessment
1339 The Grove

Kara Moloney, Ph.D.

Kara is the Academic Assessment Lead for the Learning, Teaching, and Assessment team in the UC Davis Office of Undergraduate Education. A proud alumna of UC Davis, Kara happily accepted the offer to become Undergraduate Education's first assessment coordinator in 2012. Since then, she has provided campus-wide leadership for developing and implementing sustainable approaches to undergraduate academic assessment in courses, programs, and colleges. Kara partners with faculty, staff, and other campus partners to foster a culture of curiosity about student learning and ensure that all UC Davis undergraduate students have equitable opportunities to demonstrate their learning. 

Kara's areas of expertise include: equity-minded assessment of student learning; development of literate identity/ies; feminist theories; educational research in higher education settings; and the intersections between language, culture, and identity. In October 2020, she co-authored an Occasional Paper for the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) titled There is no return to normal: Harnessing chaos to create our new assessment future. 

Prior to returning to UC Davis, Kara held several academic positions, including four years as an Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction / Literacy at New Mexico Highlands University; five years as an instructor-of-record for the University of Nevada, Reno Core Writing Program; and four years as visiting literacy faculty for an HHMI-funded summer bridge program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. 


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Education and Degree(s)
  • Ph.D., Literacy Studies (University of Nevada, 2008)
  • M.A., English - Rhetoric & Composition emphasis (University of Nevada, 2001)
  • B.A. English (UC Davis, 1992)
Membership and Service
  • Member, Board of Directors, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (2021-2026)