ELKINS - Dr. Maryann Maxwell Durland, adjunct professor in the Davis & Elkins College Division of Business and Entrepreneurship, presented a one-day professional development workshop on Social Network Analysis at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) 2015 Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill., in November. Durland also attended sessions during the four-day conference and chaired a group in which participants presented papers.
At Davis & Elkins, Durland teaches Business Communication and Culture, and Research Methods for Business, bringing to the classroom her experience in research methodologies and sharing the global theories and practices of AEA evaluation practitioners.
Durland is a one of the original organizers of the AEA Topical Interest Group Social Network Analysis and has been chair of the TIG since its inception in 2009. Social network analysis measures and describes networks based on relational data, including applications in fields such as sociology, anthropology, neural networks, organizational development, systems, logistics and criminology. Durland has been working with social network analysis, as well as traditional quantitative and qualitative research methods, since 1989. She studies the networks of workplaces in education, organizations and non-profits, and the networks within programs such as the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grants, which promote the hiring and retention of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
Durland is currently completing a “Field Guide to Social Network Analysis in Evaluation” for Stanford University Press that will be published in 2016. She was the first to present papers and demonstrations of the method at AEA.
Durland earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971, a Master of Science in education from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1975 and a Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation from Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge in 1994. In addition to teaching at D&E, Durland owns Durland Consulting, which provides evaluation services across a range of projects and programs.
The AEA is the largest evaluation organization in the world. More than 5,000 people from around the world attended the 2015 conference.
The Davis & Elkins College Division of Business and Entrepreneurship offers a curriculum that gives the student a balanced education consisting of both liberal arts and professional courses through its several areas of concentration. Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree may select from Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management and Marketing. A Bachelor of Art degree is offered in Hospitality Management. An Associate Program is also available for students seeking a degree in Accounting, Business and Hospitality Management.
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