Dr. Carol Haden began her education career as a high school biology teacher on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. She went on to earn a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Northern Arizona University, where she also began her career in evaluation at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning. She has a special interest in supporting exemplary and equitable science education for traditionally underserved populations.
As an educational evaluator, Carol specializes in standards-based best practices in STEM. She has served as evaluator for STEM education projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Arizona Board of Regents, and the Arizona Department of Education, among others. Her evaluations have included studies of:
- NASA education and public outreach programs
- Curriculum materials and support programs for undergraduate engineering students
- Pre-service teacher development programs
- Science professional development for elementary and middle school teachers
- Recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in the sciences
- Global climate change education programs
- Summer research experiences for undergraduates
She also specializes in evaluation capacity building. Through this work, she helps program planners and staff to develop the skills to clearly articulate program outcomes and internally evaluate their effectiveness.
Carol has been with Magnolia Consulting since 2007. Her areas of expertise include proposal development, evaluation design and implementation, logic modeling, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, report writing, and the presentation of findings. In her role as vice president, she supports Magnolia’s exemplary team through strategic planning and visioning, and support of employee development.
In her free time, Carol enjoys yoga and spending time with her family while rafting, climbing, and camping.