BA Mount Mercy College
MA Western Illinois University
PhD The University of Iowa
Dr. Chad Loes is Director of Student Outcomes Research and Professor of Criminal Justice at Mount Mercy University. He is a former Thomas R. Feld Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and has been a faculty member at Mount Mercy since 2001. He teaches a variety of courses including Research Design and Diversity and the Criminal Justice System.
Dr. Loes’ criminal justice research centers on diversity issues and citizen attitudes towards the criminal justice system, and his higher education research focuses on how college affects students. He is a faculty associate in the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at The University of Iowa, where he has written on a wide array of topics such as cognitive development/critical thinking, effective instructional techniques, missing data and diversity-related issues.
His work appears in a variety of outlets such as New Directions for Institutional Research, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, The Journal of Higher Education, International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, and Higher Education. Additionally, his research on critical thinking was used for the U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin (2012). He has presented his research at numerous international and domestic conferences and regularly works as a research consultant.