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Dr. Calli Holaway

Director, Academic Assessment

Center of Educational Innovation

Dr. Holaway (CEI).
Contact Information

(719) 333-3394




Calli Holaway is the Director of Academic Assessment at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she has worked since 2018. Prior to coming to the Academy, she was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas in 2005, where she worked at a research associate and adjunct instructor until 2009. She has taught research and statistics courses, as well as mathematics and science education courses. Her current research focuses on developing assessments in K-12 mathematics and exploring the impact of language skills on mathematics achievement.


Ph.D., Major: Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Mathematics emphasis
Dissertation Title: Best Practices in Middle School Mathematics, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. (2005)

M.A., Speech Communication, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D. (1999)

B.S., Secondary Mathematics Education, Concordia University, Seward, Neb.

Professional Experience

Director of Academic Assessment, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. (June 2018-Present)

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Science Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn. (Aug. 2014-May 2018)

Assistant Professor of Secondary Mathematics Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Aug. 2009-May 2014)

Research Associate, National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. (Aug. 2007-Aug. 2009)

Instructor, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. (Jan. 2006-May 2008)

Research Assistant, National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. (Jan. 2004-July 2007)

Graduate Assistant, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. (Aug. 2002-May 2004)

High School Mathematics and Speech Teacher, Pius X High School, Lincoln, Neb. (Aug. 1997-May 2002)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Using assessment to improve teaching

learning mathematics


Mather, T., Scharff, L., & Holaway, C. (April, 2019). Disseminating and implementing the science of learning. Presented at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Holaway, C. A., & Herron, J. K. (2017). Direct instruction versus guided discovery with at-risk students in algebra. Texas Forum of Teacher Education, 7(November 2017), 107-112.

Herron, J. K., & Holaway, C. A. (March, 2017). Development and validation of a diagnostic assessment for Kindergarten math. Presented at the 44th Annual Conference of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, Fort Worth, TX.

Lovorn, M., & Holaway, C. (2015). Teachers’ perceptions of humour as a classroom teaching, interaction, and management tool. In R. A. Mora, S. Weaver, S., & L. M. Lindo (Eds.), Examining the Educative Potential of Humour, a special edition of European Journal of Humour Research, 3(4), 24-35.