Styron, Jennifer L.



  • As the Director of Teaching and Assessment at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning, I oversee all educational and assessment activities at the Simulation Center. This appointment includes working with our standardized patient educators, faculty and external clients to establish desired outcomes and learning objectives and help align appropriate assessment activities to evaluate learner performance. My background in both instructional design as well as minor in educational research provide the skillset needed to successfully execute these responsibilities. Prior to this appointment, I was the Director of Special Projects and Evaluation at the University of South Alabama's College of Nursing. This position allowed me the opportunity to work with principal investigators of funded grant projects to implement evaluation procedures that would track, monitor and measure intended outcomes. In addition, I was responsible for tracking the College's program assessment progress ensuring the program met expectations regarding operational and student learning outcomes. Finally my work as a project faculty member on a three-year HRSA grant provided the opportunity to work closely with the statistical consultant to collect data through various means, manage that data, and assist with data analysis and program recommendations based on findings. As a result of these previous experiences, I am aware of the importance of frequent communication among project members and of constructing a realistic research plan, timeline, and budget.

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research overview

  • Dr. Styron is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Teaching and Assessment at the Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning (SCSIL) at EVMS. She earned a PhD in Instructional Technology and Design from The University of Southern Mississippi and has extensive experience in grant administration, interprofessional education and practice, and active learning strategies, such as Team-Based Learning. During her time at the University of South Alabama, Dr. Styron was part of a three-year $1.3 million-dollar HRSA project aimed at developing Interprofessional core competencies among health professions faculty and students, and delivering high quality, efficient, team-based care in community-based clinical settings to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Styron has been involved with the submission of more $75,000,000 in grant projects to various funding agencies over the course of her career. She has published 21 journal articles and has presented at numerous regional, national, and international professional conferences. Her research interests include simulation, active learning, Team-Based Learning (TBL), organizational leadership, instructional practices, educational technology, electronic health record adoption and use, and interprofessional education and practice.

preferred title

  • Assistant Professor And Director, Teaching & Assessment

full name

  • Jennifer L. Styron, PhD


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