Dr. LaTricia Townsend is the Director of Evaluation Programs for the Evaluation Team at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. Dr. Townsend’s work focuses on improving educational outcomes for students. Her primary research interests include program evaluation, STEM education in formal and informal spaces, and the digital divide. Dr. Townsend is also an associate teaching professor in the College of Education at North Carolina State University where she has taught Qualitative Research Methods Courses (ED 730 and ED 731) since 2015.
Before coming to the Friday Institute in 2008, Dr. Townsend served as a Science Content Specialist with Technical Outreach to Public Schools (TOPS) at the Center for Urban Affairs and Community Services at North Carolina State University where she aided in the development of statewide standardized science assessments. She also worked as a research chemist for the Dow Corning Corporation in Midland, Michigan for two years before becoming a science and math teacher. She taught Chemistry as well as Algebra I and II for nearly ten years with both Saginaw City Schools and Wake County Public Schools.
Dr. Townsend received a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Chemistry with a concentration in Polymer Chemistry at North Carolina State University followed by teacher licensure from Saginaw Valley State University. She then earned a Master of School Administration and a doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from North Carolina State University.