Meet Our Team

Faculty and Academic Contributors

The MS in Educational Psychology – Learning Analytics teaching team consists of a combination of Department of Educational Psychology faculty members, learning analytics practitioners, and leading researchers. Together they integrate research and practice to create and present market-based coursework designed to prepare students for the learning analytics field.

David Williamson Shaffer

Credentials: Faculty Director

David Williamson Shaffer is the Sears Bascom Professor of Learning Analytics and the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Learning Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Data Philosopher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. His M.S. and Ph.D. are from the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and before coming to the University of Wisconsin, he was a teacher, teacher-trainer, curriculum developer, and game designer. Professor Shaffer’s current work focuses on merging statistical and qualitative methods to construct fair models of complex and collaborative human activity. He has authored more than 250 publications with over 100 co-authors, including How Computer Games Help Children Learn and Quantitative Ethnography.

2021-2024 Teaching Assistants

Program Development and Support Staff

Staff from the Department of Educational Psychology, School of Education, and Division of Continuing Studies work together to ensure students have a smooth application and enrollment process, support for technological issues, curriculum and career advising, and other logistical assistance.

Julia Rutledge

Credentials: PhD in Educational Psychology


Pat Walsh

Credentials: Enrollment Coach


Jennifer Krug

Credentials: Department Administrator

David Marcou

Credentials: Media Specialist

Amy Moschkau

Credentials: Graduate Admissions and Student Services

Lauren Scanlon

Credentials: Instructional Designer

Amanda Siebert-Evenstone

Credentials: Creative Producer

William Tishler

Credentials: Media Specialist

Maria Widmer

Credentials: Online Instructional Strategist

James Wollack

Credentials: Department Chair