Celebrating 30 years of serving Virginia's colleges and universities
Lee Rakes is the Director of Institute Assessment and Evaluation at the Virginia Military Institute. In that capacity he serves on the Institute’s executive cabinet, the Institute Planning Committee, and serves as the Institute’s accreditation (SACSCOC) liaison. As Director of Assessment, his primary charge is to promote a culture of continuous improvement at the Institute by either providing -or helping others generate- evidence-based information for the purposes of decision-making, planning, and resource allocation. He oversees the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research, which is tasked with reporting to state (e.g., State Council of Higher Education for Virginia) and federal agencies (e.g., IPEDS), maintaining a comprehensive survey research program, overseeing faculty course evaluations, and managing the Institute’s assessment management system. He holds a PhD in Educational Psychology, a MSEd in Health Promotion, and a BS in Psychology, all from Virginia Tech.
Dr. Stephanie Foster supports undergraduate education and faculty development as the lead assessment scholar for the Mason Core (general education), and the university-wide Students as Scholars undergraduate research initiative (QEP) at George Mason University. She also serves as affiliate faculty in Mason’s Higher Education program. She earned a PhD at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education.
Tim Merrill is the Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Reynolds Community College. Prior to Reynolds, Tim spent five years as the Director of Institutional Research at Randolph-Macon College and four years as an Interim Program Officer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He has a B.A. in Organizational Communication from Miami University, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Virginia.
Katie Busby is the Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning. Prior to joining Ole Miss, she was Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research at Tulane University. Dr. Busby also directed student affairs assessment activities at The University of Alabama and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). She spent five years as a member of the mathematics faculty at Baylor University and four years as a student affairs practitioner at James Madison University. Her research interests include measures of student development and leadership, instrument development, and validity issues. She holds a B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from The University of Mississippi and earned her Ph.D. in Assessment and Measurement at James Madison University. Dr. Busby is an active member of several professional associations including AIR and AERA and regularly presents at regional and national conferences. She has served as a member of program review and accreditation review teams. Dr. Busby is also Assistant Editor of Assessment Update and Editor of Research & Practice in Assessment.
Jennifer Ferguson is Director of General Education Assessment and Transfer Partnerships at Tidewater Community College.
Kim Filer is Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning and Director of the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Jodi Fisler has served as the Associate for Assessment Policy and Analysis at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) since February 2016. Prior to that, she worked for six years as the Director of Student Affairs Planning & Assessment and Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs at the College of William & Mary. Jodi received her B.A. in German Studies from Williams College and her M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership (Higher Education concentration) from the William & Mary School of Education.
S. Jeanne Horst has been active in higher education assessment for over thirteen years. She currently serves as Associate Assessment Specialist in the Center for Assessment and Research Studies and as Associate Professor of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University (JMU). Throughout her years at JMU, Jeanne has actively worked with programs across campus, helping them to assess their students’ learning. Prior to JMU, Jeanne taught undergraduate psychology at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU’s) and worked in their Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. As part of her role, she served on EMU’s general education assessment task force. Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania. She earned her MA and PhD degrees from James Madison University.
Scott Oates is Director of Academic Integrity & Assessment in the Office of the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ryan Otto is the Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Ryan has worked at colleges in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia and most recently served on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Association for Institutional Research. He is a native Texan and a graduate of Baylor University, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee. He holds a PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Tennessee.
Linda Townsend is Director of Assessment for the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research at Longwood University in Farmville, VA. Since coming to Longwood, she has served as Assessment Coordinator, Instructional Technology Design Specialist for Longwood’s K-12 outreach program, the Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative Practices (ITTIP), and trained and provided support to Longwood faculty in online teaching. Linda is a graduate of James Madison University, Longwood University and Virginia Tech. She holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.