Director, Cougar Initiative to Engage
Anne Dayton serves as Director of the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE). Dr. Dayton has worked in research and program management positions at Rice University, where she led co-curricular learning programs, including internships in public policy research and service learning. She was responsible for designing assessment strategies for these experiential and engagement activities.
Dr. Dayton received her Ph.D. in 2009 from Rice University. Her dissertation focused on the depiction of upper- and middle-class women’s experience of service to working-class families in Victorian novels, guidebooks, and memoirs. She has taught courses in academic writing, British literature, and digital storytelling. She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Hamilton College.
Dr. Dayton also has substantial experience writing about and editing economic policy, particularly in the areas of development, entrepreneurship, and gender issues.
Dr. Dayton is happy to answer questions about CITE. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting or to arrange for her to speak at a college, department, or other group meeting.
Assessment and Evaluation Analyst, Cougar Initiative to Engage
Fan Wu serves as Assessment and Evaluation Analyst for the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE). Dr. Wu has worked in research, data analysis, and program evaluation positions before she joined CITE. She has conducted outcomes analysis and evaluated various programs in mental health, such as mobile crisis outreach teams, psychiatric emergency services, and crisis respite services. She has also developed assessments for undergraduate STEM students.
Dr. Wu received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences from the University of Houston in 2015. Her research interests include motivation theories, STEM education, and addictive behaviors. Her dissertation focused on undergraduate engineering students’ motivation, stereotype threat, academic procrastination, and achievement behaviors. In her spare time, Dr. Wu enjoys travelling, swimming, cooking, watching movies, and playing the piano.
Teranda Joy Donatto
Graduate Research Assistant, Cougar Initiative to Engage
Teranda Donatto serves as the Graduate Research Assistant for the Cougar Initiative to Engage (CITE). She is an educator and an aspiring higher education administrator. She has directed educational programming and developed relationships with community partners. She also has taught teens and adults in the U.S., South Korea, and France.
Currently, Teranda is pursuing a doctoral degree in the University of Houston’s Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies Program. She earned two master’s degrees, one in Africology and African American Studies from Temple University and one in English from the University of Alabama. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern State University.