Teresa McCoy named eXtension’s 2019 NAEPSDP Fellow

For Immediate Release
May 30th, 2019
Contact: Aaron Weibe, aaronweibe@eXtension.org

The eXtension Foundation has named Teresa McCoy, University of Maryland Extension (UME), as the 2019 National Association of Extension Program & Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Fellow. She will create a pathway for new work in high-priority topic areas for Cooperative Extension to be developed, disseminated and used across the Cooperative Extension System. 

The focus of this fellowship is to develop the first version of an Evaluation eFieldbook. The new eXtension eFieldbook format is a digital platform for aggregating content, tools and engagement available to all professionals in Cooperative Extension, and used in eXtension’s Impact Collaborative. eFieldbooks are an interactive resource for Extension professionals and project/program teams to begin discussion, help establish processes, and assist with the delivery of new programs.

Teresa was hired as the Assistant Director, UME, Evaluation & Assessment, in August 2008. She came to UME with a long-term commitment to higher education outreach and Cooperative Extension. Teresa is a member of the UME leadership team with responsibilities in program development and evaluation, situational analysis, strategic planning, and organization development.  Teresa works with Maryland Extension educators to teach them evaluation practices on applied research projects that demonstrate the outcomes and impacts of UME.

Teresa’s specific expertise in evaluation include survey design and development, writing survey questions, logic models and goal clarity, interviewing, and facilitating group discussion about the purpose and goals of a program evaluation. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in her work and is well-versed in Institutional Board Requirements (IRB). Teresa is often called upon to develop and write evaluation plans for grant projects and then to oversee the evaluation implementation. She finds her work extremely satisfying!

Teresa earned her B.A. and  Master’s in Public Administration(MPA) from Virginia Tech. She completed her Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) at the University of Baltimore.