Mission: To support internal and external customers of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAFSAM) in course development, revision, management, and evaluation of more than 90 courses to ensure highly qualified graduates required by the field.
Vision: To promote and provide continuous improvement of education through the Instructional System Development (ISD) process in a collaborative, evolving environment.
Academic Evaluation Division Leadership
Mr. Dana S. Truesdell is Chief, Academic Evaluation Division, Office of the Dean, USAF School of Aerospace Medicine. Mr. Robert D. Brown is Section Chief, Curriculum Development. The Division is responsible to develop, revise, and manage in-residence education courses, implement academic-related policies, direct and implement student measurement and evaluation strategies to promote high-quality and effective education, and execute the faculty qualification and evaluation programs. In addition, the Division ensures USAFSAM’s compliance with all Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) requirements for affiliated schools.
About Our Division
The primary function of the Academic Evaluation Division is to provide direction and quality assurance for the analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of all USAFSAM courses. We analyze the effectiveness of USAFSAM academic programs through the execution of Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Multimedia Development, Testing and Evaluation, Standards and Evaluations, and academic institutional accreditation.
The Instructional Systems Specialists (ISSs) develop, revise, and manage in-residence courses in accordance with Air Force and local guidance. The ISSs coordinate on new course and course change requests, prepare course control documents, coordinate on student instructional materials and the student measurement plan, and develop the course validation plan. Each ISS maintains official Course Record Sets, and, in collaboration with course directors, writes accurate USAFSAM Education and Training Course Announcements. ISSs actively participate in training-related conferences, such as the Utilization and Training Workshops, which establish requirements to develop or revise training. To improve curriculum and training, the ISSs analyze feedback from internal and external USAFSAM customers.
In collaboration with the Curriculum Development Section, the Faculty Development and Training personnel administer the USAFSAM Faculty Development training, which consists of formal and informal courses, and developmental seminars designed to enhance an instructor's proficiency in the classroom. In addition, they oversee new instructor orientation, USAFSAM and CCAF Internships, and faculty appointments and advancement.
USAFSAM Academic Evaluation Division creates eLearning courseware and classroom technical inserts using state-of-the-art development methods, multimedia tools, and instructional techniques. The Advanced Instructional Multimedia Services (AIMS) Studio develops and maintains on-line training via Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), Med+ Learn, and Blackboard™ (Bb) and provides instructors with a variety of options to match varied levels of learning, learning styles, and target populations. Students gain from a modern, media-rich learning environment that may include high-definition audio/video, animations, 3D virtual environments, and interactive scenarios.
Testing and Evaluation
Testing and Evaluation personnel establish policies for USAFSAM academic testing and student evaluations. The team administers written measurement items, and serve as a liaison for the testing laboratories. They administer Subject Matter Tests for the USAFSAM instructor cadre, and maintain test integrity through various security measures and accountability procedures. Additionally, the team analyzes the effectiveness of academic programs. They administer all aspects of the USAFSAM Internal and External Feedback programs. Finally, the team oversees USAFSAM instructors to safeguard and improve the quality of instruction delivered to students and promote learning.
Standards and Evaluation
Through the establishment of a Standards and Evaluations program, the Office of the Dean ensures standardized practices across USAFSAM. Inspection criteria are used to assess all components of curriculum development, course control documents, instructional materials, faculty development, testing, and evaluations.
Academic Institutional Accreditation
The CCAF is a multi-campus, federally chartered institution. CCAF awards the associate in applied science degree as part of Air University, which is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). USAFSAM is a CCAF affiliated school. The Academic Evaluation Division serves as the USAFSAM Affiliated School Liaison to CCAF. Additionally, USAFSAM is partnered with The Uniformed Services University (USU) of Health Sciences. USU is a federally charted institution focusing on education of health professionals for the Department of Defense and the United States Public Health Service. USAFSAM is an Other Instructional Site for USU, and is accredited through Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
Academic Evaluation Division
2510 Fifth Street, Bldg 840, Rm E302
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433
Division Chief – (937) 938-2807
Section Chief – (937) 938-3135