Gudrun Willett, Ph.D. has been studying people and society since 1998.

Gudrun’s work centers on consumer and b to b based market research, teaching and learning practices, migration, forms/systems of inequality, community building, and institutional cultures. She adroitly translates anthropological approaches into real-world solutions for diverse populations in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

Gudrun specializes in mixed-method research project design, administration, management, and analysis. She is highly skilled in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques, including:  one-on-one interviews, ethnographic observation, survey design, and text analysis.

With Ethnoscapes Global, Gudrun has applied her research design and data analysis skills to projects that provided new product development and market messaging insights for clients in the financial and legal industries.

From 2008 to 2013, Gudrun honed her project management and research skills as project director for the “Tracer Project” at Carleton College. Utilizing interviews, surveys, observational data, institutional data, and discourse analysis, she and the team documented the effects of professional development programming on faculty teaching and student learning.

Gudrun is a Fulbright Scholar, a Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fellow, and a Ford Foundation Crossing Borders Fellow in Globalization Studies. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (2007), and has presented the results of her research at numerous national and international conferences, as well as in academic publications.

Here is a selection of Gudrun’s publications:

  • Faculty Development and Student Learning: Assessing the Connections By William Condon, Ellen E. Iverson, Cathryn A. Manduca, Carol Rutz, and Gudrun Willett. 2015 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Series. University of Indiana Press
  • Broadening Access to Science with Support for the Whole Student in a Residential Liberal Arts College Environment. By Deborah Gross, Ellen Iverson, Gudrun Willett, and Cathryn Manduca. Journal of College Science Teaching. March/April 2015
  • Measures matter: Evidence of faculty development effects on faculty and student learning By Gudrun Willett, Ellen R. Iverson, Carol Rutz, and Cathryn A. Manduca.  Assessing Writing. Volume 20, April 2014, pp. 19–36
  • Beyond pedagogy: Community feeling, educational development and power in a U.S. liberal arts college By Gudrun Willett. Learning and Teaching: The International Journal of Higher Education in the Social Sciences. Learning and Teaching, Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2013, pp. 47-71(25)
  • Faculty Professional Development and Student Learning: What is the Relationship? By Carol Rutz, William Condon, Ellen R. Iverson, Cathryn A. Manduca, Gudrun Willett. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. Vol. 44 (3), 2012
  • Crises of Self and Other:  Russian Speaking Migrants in the Netherlands and European Union. By Gudrun Willett, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Iowa 2007