Debby Lewis, PhD

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Debby Lewis, PhD
Leader, PDE
Office: 
Room 25G Agricultural Administration Building; 2120 Fyffe Rd.; Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 
614-292-5089
Biography: 

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
• M. Angelou

Dr. Lewis was born and raised in southeast Florida (her parents are transplanted Buckeyes). She worked her way north after high school, obtaining a B.S. from Virginia Tech (Major: animal science, Minor: ag econ) and a M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in agricultural education. For the first seven years of her career with Ohio State University Extension, from 1995-2001, she was a county 4-H agent in Lorain County (one year in Scioto County). Debby left her county position in 2002, and became the program accountability specialist for the Program Development and Evaluation (PDE) unit from 2002-2011. Her major responsibilities included compiling the federal report and providing training for employees on the various online reporting systems of the college/university. She was appointed as the interim leader of PDE in fall 2008 and continued her duties as program accountability specialist. Since 2010, in her role as leader of PDE, she works with OSU Extension faculty and staff across all program areas (4-H, family and consumer sciences, community development, and agriculture and natural resources) providing them training on how to develop and evaluate programs and report program impacts in the most effective way. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, whom she met in ballroom dance class.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide leadership to the Program Development and Evaluation unit.

  • Provide training and support for program development and evaluation efforts at the county, region, and state levels.

  • Provide coordination/leadership of the state reporting process (using VITA) and oversee the federal reporting process.

  • Assist Extension professionals with impact assessments, sampling, survey development, and data collection and analysis.

  • Provide training and support for qualitative and mixed-designed research and evaluation.

  • Partner with Extension professionals in capacity-building, asset-based, and outcome program and evaluation development.

  • Partner with Extension professionals in research and evaluation design, instrumentation, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and use.

  • Coordinate the Evaluation of Effective Extension Teaching (EEET) process.