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Mary Trankel

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Mary A. Trankel

(206) 715-0606

Country of Citizenship: United States

Skill Set Overview/Competencies

I have 15 years of experience in the Information Technology field as a graphic designer, Web developer, and instructional systems designer. I have completed a wide variety of projects that required solid skills in research, data analysis, writing, database management, technical writing, and instructional systems design, and have produced deliverables in a variety of electronic formats. I have conducted individual and classroom training, and provided technical assistance on information technology, research, and management topics. I have applied the principles of adult learning theory, cognitive learning styles, the ADDIE model, and ARCS principles when developing instructional design applications. I have taught postsecondary courses in sociology, social psychology, developmental psychology, criminology, and information technology. I also have 9 months full-time experience conducting research and writing technical reports on curriculum and instructional design issues for an accredited online university.

I have strong skills in a variety of software programs and content management systems that I have used to create technical reports, charts, graphs, presentations, graphic images, flyers, and brochures. I am a detail-oriented person who takes pride in producing technically accurate, stunning reports and graphical products. In addition, I have over 6 years of experience working with government agencies to develop information technology resources, including static and dynamic database-driven Web sites using ColdFusion and PHP, content management systems, and computer based training applications, including slide shows, animations, and videos—all with an emphasis on achieving Section 508 accessibility compliance and W3C Web standards.

I am well versed in both quantitative (statistical) and qualitative (narrative) research methods, and have completed several major research projects using both interview and survey research designs.

Offering a breadth of experience in IT and data analysis, I design learning tools, training materials, and write technical briefs to develop and support business initiatives. Committed to client needs, I utilize technical writing and research to evaluate the applicability of new technologies and tailor them to meet company objectives.

As a result of my background in criminology and three previous jobs in the criminal justice system, I have successfully passed criminal background checks and personality profile tests.


Selected Achievements & Skills

Approved State Contractor

Approved under State of Montana Master Contract for IT Services (DOA06-1263B), for categories:

Optimized organizational productivity

Contracted to design/implement comprehensive state-wide evaluations for Department of Public Health. Hired and trained 41 staff. Wrote technical briefs and research protocols. Developed national standards for program evaluation research. Funding expanded to 5 years across 56 agencies.

Designed systems to launch startup

Designed systems to launch startup. Tasked at Web Transformations to start new business. Developed website and database tracking. Advised on software technology. Designed operating procedures. Implemented financial accounting system. Produced half a million in sales. Startup became among largest of its kind in the industry.

Created user-friendly system to educate non-IT staff.

Inherited complicated database application at USDA Forest Service. Utilized knowledge of relational database systems to develop schematic diagrams. Updated elements without compromising other functions. Wrote user training manual. Improved efficiencies company-wide

Conducted major research and analysis.

Designed and documented all phases of research protocol for non-profit client at Trankel Research & Analysis. Performed statistical comparison of multiple sites. Achieved high return rate of 60%, tripling the average. Enabled client to re-sell data collection tools and procedural documents.


University of Montana, Missoula, Montana

Ph.D. in Sociology, June 1991. Graduate GPA 3.83. Areas of concentration during graduate work:

M.A. in Sociology, concentration in Criminal Justice, December 1987.

Carroll College, Helena, Montana

B.A. in Sociology, with minor in Criminal Justice, June 1980. Magna cum laude, GPA 3.79.

Additional Training


Software Skills


Teaching Experience


Summer 2010 and Fall 2010: IT Instructor teaching Microcomputers, Windows Operating System and Microsoft Office Suite Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) on a contract for the Washington Department of Corrections. Letter of Reference available.


January 1991 through June 1991: Adjunct Professor teaching Group Process and Applied Social Research, Social Work Department, The University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812.

September 1984 through June 1988: Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Montana Sociology Department teaching Principles of Sociology, Social Problems, and Sociology of Deviance. Tutored students in Social Statistics and Business Statistics.


Fall 1986 and Spring 1987: Visiting Professor teaching Developmental Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Psychology.


Fall 1988 through 2009: Top Hat & Tails Dance Club. Teaching choreographed ballroom dance basics and dance routines. Member of the Roundalab Professional Round Dance Teachers’ Association since 1988.


Project Summaries


Achievements and Honors

Twice awarded Bertha Morton Scholarship for outstanding graduate work: in 1986 and 1988. Receipt of this award placed me in the top 5% of all graduate students at The University of Montana.

Received Award of Excellence for a professional paper presented at The University of Montana's “Graduate Development Day Conference,” Missoula, Montana, April 1987.

Presented Professional Paper, Pacific Sociological Association Conference in Las Vegas, NV, April 1987.


Publications and Professional Papers

1999. “Black and White and Shades of Gray: A Portrait of the Ethical Professor,” Ethics and Behavior, 9(3), pp. 243-261, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Mahwah, New Jersey.

1996-1998. Technical Assistance Briefs: Developing a Sound Program Evaluation, Program Evaluation Components, Planning Overview for Evaluating Home Visitation Efforts, Definitions of Research Terms, Developing a Survey Instrument, Techniques to Increase Survey Response Rates, Commonly Asked Questions About Research Procedures, Sample Evaluation Plan.

1998. Key contributor, Healthy Families America “Community Planning and Site Development Guide,” a technical manual on comprehensive outcome evaluations for child abuse prevention programs.

1991. “Examination of Empowerment and Rape Myth Acceptance Among Male Adolescents in a Sex Offender Treatment Program,” doctoral dissertation, University of Montana, Missoula, MT.

1991. “AIDS Education for Rural IV Drug Users in Montana,” by Mary Birch and Mary Trankel, Human Services in the Rural Environment, Autumn 15 (2), Eastern Washington University Journal, Cheney, WA.

1988. “Women in Law Enforcement,” a research study involving in-depth interviews with female and male police officers, sheriff deputies, highway patrol, and probation officers in Montana.

1988. “Differences in Aggressiveness Between Female and Male Lead Characters in Television Crime Dramas,” by Trankel, Summers, Fowler and Buskirk. Currently under review for publication.

1987. “A Content Analysis of Aggression Performed By Lead Characters in Prime-Time Crime Dramas,” by Trankel, Summers, Fowler and Buskirk, professional paper presented at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada in April 1987.

1987. “A Behavioral Inventory for Identifying Types of Aggression,” professional paper, Graduate Development Day Conference, The University of MT, Missoula, April 1987. Award for “best use of theory.”

1985. “Intergenerational Transmission of Values: A Data-Based Reassessment,” by McBroom, Reed, Burns, Hargraves and Trankel, Social Psychology Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 150-161.

1980. “Emotional Stresses of Childhood and Adolescence as a Basis for Future Coping Efficacy,” undergraduate honors thesis, Carroll College Library Document, Helena, Montana.


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