Kerrie Douglas

Assistant Professor
Mailing Addresses
Phone: (765) 494-6932


Dr. Kerrie A. Douglas is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Education at Purdue University. She earned a PhD in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on evaluation and assessment in 2012. Her research is focused on supporting high-quality assessment practice in engineering education. This focus includes what evidence and rationale are used to justify educational data use and the consequences of that intended use. She studies how to combine multiple sources and types of data to provide a deeper assessment of learners and how assessments can be used to support learning.


B.A. in Psychology, Purdue University
M.S. in Education, Purdue University
Ph.D in Educational Psychology, Purdue University

Research Interests

Dr. Douglas broadly studies the evidence and rationale that inform how evaluation and assessments are used to make decisions and support learning in engineering education. This research focus includes methods to determine criteria for evaluation of open online advanced STEM courses, evidence and rationale to justify fair use of assessments for engineering students of diverse backgrounds, and how high-quality, curriculum-embedded formative assessment can enhance student learning of design skills.

Selected Publications

Douglas, K.A., Bermel, P., Alam, M.D., & Madhavan, K. (2016) Big data characterization of learner behaviour in a highly technical MOOC engineering course. Journal of Learning Analytics, (3)3, 170-192.

Douglas, K.A., Purzer, S., Rynearson, A., & Strobel, J. (2016). Reliability, validity, and fairness: A Content analysis of assessment instrument publications in major engineering education journals. International Journal of Engineering Education. (32),5, 1960-1971.

Douglas, K.A., & Purzer, ??. (2015). Validity: What constitutes meaning and relevancy in assessment for engineering education research. Invited Guest Editorial. Journal of Engineering Education,104(2), 108-118. doi:10.1002/jee.20070.


  • 2012 - 2015 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, INSPIRE, Purdue University
  • 2015 - 2016 Visiting Assistant Professor, Engineering Education, Purdue University
  • 2016 - Current Assistant Professor of Engineering Education, Purdue University