Mobile, AL 36688-0002
M.S., Experimental Psychology, SUNY College at Geneseo, 1982
Ph.D., Applied Developmental Psychology, University of Maryland, 1986
My approach to teaching draws on the heuristic guidance provided by the “How People Learn” framework that was explicated by the National Research council (How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School, Washington, DC, National Academies Press, 2000). First, I believe it is important to vary instructional strategies depending upon the goal of instruction. Hence, sometimes group activities, projects, or experiential learning strategies might be important. Other times, lecture may be the appropriate approach. Second, it is important for students to have opportunities for both formative and summative feedback about their work. This means giving students assignments and assessments throughout the semester and providing them with opportunities to submit multiple versions of assignments (e.g., drafts of papers). Third, it is important to consider who my students are, their strengths and weaknesses, and their aspirations. How I approach content will vary depending upon the background of my students and their interests. Finally, as much as possible, I like students to be able to apply what they learn and use it in a realistic context. Hence, I like to include projects and other applied activities in my courses.
In the local community, I have over the years been a consultant, advisor, and collaborator with the Mobile Area Education Foundation. From 2000 to 2013, I served on the Advisory Board for the Home Instructional Program for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in Mobile. More recently, I have provided grant writing consultation and evaluation support to the Drug Education Council.
I have worked collaboratively with the Mobile County Public School System, helping them with implementation of their Transformation School Initiative, helping them to explore school climate data, and helping them address concerns about standardized testing in Mobile.
While at USA, I have served on a variety department, college, and university committees. These included: the IRB, the College of Education Assessment Committee, University Assessment Committee, and most recently the QEP advisory board committee. I have also on occasion served as evaluator for colleagues across campus as well as within my college. I have spent time both writing evaluation plans and carrying out evaluations.
Dr. Van Haneghan began his career as postdoctoral fellow in the mental retardation training program at George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. After his time as a postdoctoral fellow, he moved to the Learning Technology Center at Vanderbilt University for two additional years. After leaving Vanderbilt he taught research methods, statistics, educational psychology, and human development at Northern Illinois University for five years before coming to South Alabama in 1995 to be part of the Instructional Design and Development faculty. He has numerous publications and presentations. He is currently a member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE). He is the president of CREATE as well as a member.
IDE 630 - Quantitative Methods III
IDE 615 - Assessment and Evaluation for Leaders
IDE 635 - Advanced Measurement and Evaluation
IDE 660 - Program Research and Evaluation
EPY 602 - Advanced Learning Theory