Two members join Development and Evaluation team at ISU Extension

Iowa State University Extension
Sarah Al-Mazroa Smith
Matthew Koziol

AMES, Iowa – Sarah Al-Mazroa Smith and Matthew Koziol have joined Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s Program Development and Evaluation service unit as postdoc research associates.

“Dr. Smith and Dr. Koziol have already proven they are highly motivated and extremely capable to assist ISU Extension and Outreach staff, faculty and county extension partners in strengthening their program development and evaluation skills,” said Keli Tallman, program development and evaluation director.

“Dr. Smith is providing evaluation support to the organization’s statewide COVID-19 recovery initiatives and Dr. Koziol is working closely with the organization’s virtual education implementation work teams. In addition, they both are helping develop virtual and in-person program development and evaluation professional development learning experiences,” Tallman said.

Sarah Al-Mazroa Smith’s professional and academic experiences include teaching at the university and community college levels, curriculum development for both formal and non-formal educational settings, and social science research focusing on needs assessments and program evaluation. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science, a master’s in agricultural education and a doctorate in agricultural education with a specialization in extension education from Iowa State University. She has been engaged with ISU Extension and Outreach since childhood, when she enrolled in Madison County’s Crawford Hillsiders 4-H Club.

“I am excited for this opportunity to interact with our amazing extension personnel and play a part in providing assistance in developing effective programs and telling our story through evaluations,” Smith said.

Matthew Koziol received his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in interdisciplinary studies with a focus in educational statistics and research methods. He was a senior research consultant at the University of Northern Colorado’s Research Consulting Lab and an undergraduate statistics instructor. His research involves the evaluation of educational programs using quantitative analysis and mixed methods. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and biology and a master’s degree in teaching, learning and teacher education, all from the University of Nebraska. He is a former high school teacher.

“I have always been passionate about the land-grant mission and am excited to continue to learn more about ISU Extension and Outreach. I am hopeful that I can help add value through data analysis and program development to all our counties and staff, especially as we continue to develop our evaluation and data reporting systems,” Koziol said.

Smith can be reached at and Koziol can be reached at