BA Mount Mercy College
MA Western Illinois University
PhD The University of Iowa
Chad Loes is Director of Student Outcomes Research, Professor of Criminal Justice, and Criminal Justice Program Coordinator 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.
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, missing data, student persistence, technology, binge drinking, effective instruction, and diversity-related issues.
His work appears in a variety of outlets such as The Journal of Higher Education, Higher Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, and the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning. Additionally, his research on critical thinking was used for the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. He has presented his research at numerous international and domestic conferences and works regularly as a research consultant.