Ayesha Boyce

Educational Research Methodology (ERM) Department

Assistant Professor
Email: ayesha.boyce@uncg.edu
Office: 252 SOE Building

Research Interest

program evaluation theory and practice; values-engaged educative, culturally responsive, and mixed methods research and evaluation; STEM and multi-site program evaluation


  • Ph.D., Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A., Research Psychology, California State University, Long Beach
  • B.S., Psychology, Arizona State University


Dr. Ayesha S. Boyce is an evaluation teacher, scholar, and practitioner. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she was an education research associate (evaluator) for the Arizona Department of Education. She is the Co-Director of the UNCG Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS). Her research focuses on attending to value stances and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, cultural responsiveness, and social justice within evaluation—especially multi-site, STEM, and contexts with historically marginalized populations. She also examines teaching, mentoring, and learning in evaluation. She has evaluated over 40 programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Spencer and Teagle foundations. She is currently the external evaluator for five NSF funded projects and a Co-Principal Investigator on four NSF funded projects. She is a Co-PI on the recently funded 1 million-dollar NSF grant, Spartans ADVANCE: Adaptations of Practices For Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The UNCG. Dr. Boyce is a co-chair of the American Evaluation Association Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topic Interest Group, a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and teaches classes in program evaluation and research methodology where she emphasizes good practice with mindful attentiveness to theoretical roots. She encourages students to develop a strong methodological foundation, conduct studies based on democratic principles, and promote equity, fairness, inclusivity, and diversity. She is a 2019 UNCG School of Education Distinguished Research Scholar Award recipient.

Link to Dr. Boyce’s CV


Boyce, A. S., & McGowan, B. L. (2019). An exploration of two novice evaluation educators’ experiences developing and implementing introduction to evaluation courses. American Journal of Evaluation40(1), 119-136.

Boyce, A. S. (2019). A re-imagining of evaluation as social justice: A discussion of the Education Justice Project. Critical Education, 10(1), 1-19.

Boyce, A. S., & Chouinard, J. A. (2017). Moving beyond the buzzword: A framework for teaching culturally responsive approaches to evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation32(2), 266-279.

Boyce, A. S. (2017). Lessons learned using a values-engaged approach to attend to culture, diversity, and equity in a STEM program evaluation. Evaluation and Program Planning, 64, 33–43.