Lilian Chimuma

Lilian Linialy Chimuma

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

What I do

Research is the heart of knowledge, policy, and community interests and as such, requires continuous appraisal to stay relevant to diverse, complex, and continuously changing societal needs and contexts.

Specialization(s)

Mixed Methods Research, quantitative research, indigenous research methods

Professional Biography

Lilian L. Chimuma, Ph.D. is an alumna of the Research Methods and Statistics (RMS) program at the University of Denver. She is also a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies where she teaches introductory statistics courses. Dr.Chimuma has a master’s degree in integrated mathematics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nairobi, in Nairobi, Kenya. As a student, Dr. Chimuma was a teaching assistant for many research methods courses including several quantitative methods courses (advanced, intermediate, and introductory), item response theory (a measurement class), and a mixed methods class. In addition to teaching at Korbel, she has also taught intorductory and intermediate research and methods classes at Korbel during at the Morgridge College of Education for different programs during her two-year tenure with DU. Dr. Chimuma's teaching centers on the use and application of quantitative and mixed methods research in interdisciplinary contexts, with an emphasis on critical inquiry. Her dissertation addressed methodological issues on the application of research synthesis to mixed methods research (aka. mixed methods research synthesis). Her research interests explore the use and application of critical methodologies including culturally sensitive, indigenous, and equitable research and evaluation methods.

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Research Methods and Statistics, University of Denver, 2020
  • MA, Integrated mathematics, Miami University, 2012
  • BS, Statistics, University of Nairobi, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Evaluation Association

Research

Current works 2021/2022
1. Collaboration project with Dr. Melisssa Terlecki: Literature review and data analysis to validate the revised metacognition awareness inventory scale with a plan to submit for publication and present at a national conference.
2. Individual Project: Book proposal on my dissertation work for mixed methods research synthesis
3. Collaboration with Dr. Fatuma Boru Guyo: A critical review on indigenous methods in Africa with the intention of developing a proposal for a large scale project and study on the development o indigenous methods specifically designed for informing research, policy, and practice in African contexts and hopefully other developing nations.

Areas of Research

metacognition and problem solving in mathematics
evaluation and developing countries
validating psychological measures

Presentations

Qualitative Metasynthesis. (2021). Qualitative Metasynthesis. International Multidisciplinary Prospective Research in Education and Social Sciences 2021 (IMPRESS21) Conference. Tanjung Malim, Malaysia: Sultan Idris Education University.
Mixed Methods Research Synthesis: Addressing Complexity in Math Education. (2019). Mixed Methods Research Synthesis: Addressing Complexity in Math Education. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) annual meeting and exposition. San Diego, California, United States of America: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
Mixed Methods Research Synthesis: Implications for Culturally Responsive Evaluation. (2019). Mixed Methods Research Synthesis: Implications for Culturally Responsive Evaluation. The fifth international Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation conference. Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A: University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign.
Mixed Methods, Research Synthesis, and Related Debates: Implications for Research and Evaluation. (2018). Mixed Methods, Research Synthesis, and Related Debates: Implications for Research and Evaluation. The annual American Evaluation Association conference. Cleveland Ohio, U.S.A.: American Evaluation Association (AEA).
A Meta-analysis of the effects of Problem Based Learning (PBL) over the Past Decade. (2018). A Meta-analysis of the effects of Problem Based Learning (PBL) over the Past Decade. The 25th annual American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) conference. Dallas Texas, U.S.A: American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) .
Combining research synthesis approaches to fit into a mixed methods framework. (2017). Combining research synthesis approaches to fit into a mixed methods framework. The annual American Evaluation Association conference. Washington, D.C., U.S.A: American Evaluation Association (AEA).
Differences in academic achievement among African Caribbean and African American students: A meta-analysis. (2017). Differences in academic achievement among African Caribbean and African American students: A meta-analysis. The annual meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association. Boulder Colorado, U.S.A: Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA).
Multi-Faceted Approach to Developing Mental Health Outcome Measures Assessing Service Effectiveness: The Areas of Recovery Subscales. (2017). Multi-Faceted Approach to Developing Mental Health Outcome Measures Assessing Service Effectiveness: The Areas of Recovery Subscales. International Objective Measurement Conference. Chicago.
Teacher perceptions, beliefs, and their relation to the evaluation of the learning of mathematics in children: A multiple case study. (2017). Teacher perceptions, beliefs, and their relation to the evaluation of the learning of mathematics in children: A multiple case study. The University of Denver Research and Performance Summit (DURAPS). Denver Colorado, U.S.A: University of Denver.
The relationship between reading, math and science achievement: exploring growth trajectories in U.S. schools over three time points with moderators. (2017). The relationship between reading, math and science achievement: exploring growth trajectories in U.S. schools over three time points with moderators. The annual meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association. Boulder Colorado, U.S.A: Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (NRMERA).

Awards

  • Graduate Education Dissertation Fellowship, Morgridge College of Education
  • Research Methods and Statistics Star of the Year Award, Morgridge College of Education
  • Research Methods and Statistics Star of the Year Award, Morgridge College of Education
  • Type II Student Travel Award , American Evaluation Association (AEA)