Sarah B. Zahl, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Accreditation Logistics and Advancement

(317) 955-6615
Evans Center, room #311A

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Sarah B. Zahl, Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean for Accreditation Logistics and Advancement at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM). Dr. Zahl is responsible for the overall strategic direction and operational activities associated with accreditation.

She previously served as the Director of Educational Assessment for Marian University and MU-COM. Dr. Zahl earned her undergraduate degree at Butler University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at Indiana University. She has extensive experience in academic and student affairs in higher education. In addition to her administrative roles, Dr. Zahl holds faculty appointments as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Professor of Education. She has taught courses in research methods and college teaching and learning, and currently teaches the First Year Seminar at Marian University.

Dr. Zahl presents her work at national and international conferences and has earned grants and fellowships for her scholarship and practice. Her academic and research interests include accreditation management, outcomes assessment, and tracking student success factors during graduate study.

Representative Publications/Presentations:

Zahl, S.B. (2015). The Impact of Community for Part-Time Doctoral Students: How Relationships in the Academic Department Affect Student Persistence. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10, 301-321.

Zahl, S.B. (2015). Mapping an Integrated Competency Based Curriculum: Linking Competency Domains to Assessment Methods. Medical Education, 49, Supp. 1, p. 94-95.

Chatterjee, A.K., & Zahl, S.B. (2017, June). Assessing Histology in an Integrated Medical Curriculum: Digital Slidebox and Bloom's Taxonomy. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, Burlington, VT.

Zahl, S.B. (2016, January). Comparing the Preceptor's Evaluation of a Student to the Student's Evaluation of a Preceptor in a Family Medicine Clerkship: Analyzing Potential Data Relationships. Poster presentation at the Annual Medical Education Conference of the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine, Phoenix, Arizona.

Zahl, S. B., & Jimenez, S. (2015, June). Merging Multiple Data Sources to Map Learning Outcomes. Presentation at the Annual Conference of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Lexington, Kentucky.

Chun, L.R., Morris, W.F., Bing-You, R.G., Zahl, S.B., & Freeman, K. (2015, April). Student- Centered Learning & Patient-Centered Care: Using Clinical Presentation in UGME. Presentation at the Joint Annual Conference of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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