2020 Board of Directors

Denise Ridley-Johnston

Denise Ridley-Johnston

2020 President

Denise Ridley-Johnston is the Assistant Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at the College of William & Mary.  Her current responsibilities include general education and academic departments/programs assessment, SACSCOC compliance, institutional effectiveness, and student and alumni survey research.  Before joining the Office of Institutional Accreditation & Effectiveness, Denise worked in assessment and accreditation at the College’s Mason School of Business, where she led the development and implementation of the School’s assessment program.  In addition, she led the School’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) maintenance of accreditation effort.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and French from Christopher Newport University and a MBA from William & Mary.  She also is Adjunct Instructor of Dance in William & Mary’s Theatre, Speech & Dance and Kinesiology & Health Sciences departments.

Linda Townsend

Linda Townsend

President-Elect

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.

 

Ryan Otto

Ryan Otto

Past-President

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.

Jason Lyons

Jason Lyons

Treasurer

Jason Lyons currently serves as the Director of Assessment at Christopher Newport University.  At CNU Jason works with the campus community to ensure the assessment of academic programs, the liberal learning core, and administrative and student support service units.  He also teaches the occasional psychology course.  During the course of his career, Jason has served as Assistant Professor of Psychology at Tarleton State University, as Associate Professor, Psychology Program Chair, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Virginia Intermont College, and Director of Assessment for the School of Management at the University of San Francisco. Jason earned his PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Gina Polychronopoulos

Gina Polychronopoulos

Secretary

Gina Polychronopoulos is the Assistant Director of Assessment at Christopher Newport University. Prior to joining CNU, Gina was a Research Associate at The Center for Educational Partnerships (TCEP) at Old Dominion University, where she supported several program evaluations for K-12 schools who had received federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). She was also a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Eastern Virginia Medical School, coordinating numerous clinical research studies for mental health treatments. Between graduate programs, Gina also worked as a Researcher for the Athens Institute for Educational Research (ATINER) in Athens, Greece. She has earned a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, MSEd in Counseling (Mental Health and School concentrations), and MS in Psychology, all from Old Dominion University.

Kelsey Kirland

Kelsey Kirland

Communications and Marketing

Kelsey Kirland is the Assistant Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment at Old Dominion University. Her primary charge is to support academic assessment through educational development opportunities. Previously, she served as the Assessment Coordinator of 4-VA, a multi-institutional collaborative that promotes innovation in higher education and advances the Commonwealth.  She is a native Virginian and a graduate of Christopher Newport University and Virginia Tech.

Jodi Fisler

Jodi Fisler

SCHEV Representative

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.

Lisa Hamiel

Lisa Hamiel

Member-at-Large, Private Institution

Dr. Lisa Hamiel currently serves as the Assessment Specialist at the University of Richmond (UR). In this role, Lisa works with faculty and staff from the University’s academic and administrative units to establish assessment and evaluation plans. She encourages departments to view assessment not only as continuous improvement used for accreditation but for sustaining excellence for our students. She also serves as the assessment liaison for the Quality Enhancement Plan at the University. Prior to joining UR, she worked at the Virginia Community College System Office (VCCS) as the Institutional Research Policy Analyst. Her interests include authentic assessment of student learning and campaigning for marginalized students in higher education. Dr. Hamiel holds a B.A. in Psychology and Africana Studies from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC); a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Towson University; and a doctoral degree in Education with a concentration in Educational Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Tia Minnis

Tia Minnis

Special Advisor for HBCUs

Dr. Tia A. Minnis serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness at Virginia State University. She oversees the University’s Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research units, the general education programs, and faculty development initiatives at the University. In her role as the Associate Vice Provost, Dr. Minnis works closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in providing leadership and support for the University’s academic units.  As the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness, she also works directly with the academic and non-academic units to provide support and oversight for the on-going and integrated continuous improvements efforts at both the macro and micro levels of the institution.

Dr. Minnis holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Technology, both from Georgia Southern University, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management and in Computer Information Systems from Savannah State University, and an Associate degree from the College of the Bahamas.

Nick Curtis

Nick Curtis

JOURNAL EDITOR, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN ASSESSMENT

Dr. Nick Curtis serves as the Director of Assessment at Marquette University. In this role, Dr. Curtis provides leadership and support to the Marquette community, including academic departments, the Marquette Core Curriculum, and co-curricular units, in the assessment of student learning and development outcomes for the purpose of large-scale student learning improvement efforts. Before joining Marquette, Dr. Curtis served as the Senior Learning Outcomes and Visibility Consultant for the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at James Madison University in Virginia, where he also earned his Ph.D. in Assessment and Measurement with a dissertation focused on student partnership in higher education learning outcomes assessment. His research areas include student partnership in higher education assessment, validity in higher education assessment, student learning improvement/innovation,, and novel performance assessment methods.

Keri-Beth Pettengill

Keri-Beth Pettengill

Member-at-Large, Two-year Public Institution
Kat Bell

Kat Bell

Member-at-Large, Four-year Public Institution

Kathleen “Kat” Kim Bell is Head, Assessment and Planning, for George Mason University Libraries. She oversees the strategic planning process, collaborates with colleagues seeking to improve library services, manages library-related data, and assists in telling the story of the Libraries’ impact. She has an MA in Dance and Master in Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and an MS in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University.