Kara Moloney, Ph.D.

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Position Title
Assessment Team Lead

Unit
Center for Educational Effectiveness

1342 The Grove (the building formerly known as Surge 3)
Bio

About me (in no particular order):

  • Words that ground me: curiosity, voice, agency, equity, identity, language, & fun. 
  • I am a proud Aggie alumna (English, 1992) & regular participant in #AggiePrideFriday. 
  • My yarn stash takes up a good portion of my closet. 
  • Whitney Smith relies on me to be her “Chief Faculty Wrangler” at campus events (including the Investiture). 
  • Before joining UC Davis as staff in 2012, I held several academic positions, including: Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction (literacy) at New Mexico Highlands University; lecturer for the University of Nevada, Reno Core Writing Program; and continuing visiting literacy faculty for an HHMI-funded summer bridge program at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. 
  • The characters from literature to whom I look, respectively, for sartorial and satirical leadership are: Pippi Longstockings and Miss Elizabeth Bennet. 
  • I think of myself as a “systems thinker” which, more often than not, leads to Quixotic tendencies.
  • The animal I am most like: goat. 
  • On occasion, I write a “busnography” about my experiences commuting on YoloBus.
  • I believe that assessment is vital to creating equitable and inclusive opportunities-to-learn in which all students can thrive academically, personally, and professionally.
  • I often wear striped, patterned, mis-matched, or otherwise notable socks. 

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