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Come learn from directorate board members on the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation about their journey to a career in assessment! There is no one set path to a career in assessment, each position and journey to assessment is unique, so join us to see how you might find your career in assessment.
Dr. Gianina Baker, Acting Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
Daniel J. Doerr, Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs – Planning and Assessment
Daniel Kaczmarek, Director of Assessment and Research
Dr. Allison Kanny, Director for Student Affairs Administration, Southern Methodist University
Jaime Williams, Assistant Director of Assessment for Residential Life and Housing
Gianina Baker, Acting Director, provides leadership and directs research specific to the assessment of student learning at colleges and universities, primarily under the Lumina Foundation grants, at NILOA. Her main research interests include student learning outcomes assessment at Minority Serving Institutions, access and equity issues for underrepresented administrators and students, assessment in athletics, and higher education policy. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Organization & Leadership with a Higher Education concentration from the University of Illinois, a M.A. in Human Development Counseling from Saint Louis University, and a B.A. in Psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University. Previous to this position, she was the Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning at Richland Community College.
Daniel Doerr leads assessment and planning efforts for the University of Connecticut’s Division of Student Affairs. In this role he builds assessment capacity; develops and manages divisional assessment projects and performance measures; provides assessment consultation to departments and staff; and manages assessment processes and technology infrastructures. He holds an MA in Education, and is currently enrolled in a graduate program for research methods, measurement, and evaluation. He has professional training in the development and deployment of performance measures and the use of the Balanced Scorecard planning model. Prior to assessment and planning work, Daniel worked in several functional areas including residential life, senior transition programming, and study abroad. He has served in multiple volunteer roles within professional organizations, and presents frequently on a variety of assessment, planning, and evaluation topics.
Daniel Kaczmarek currently serves as the Director of Assessment and Research for Student Life at the University at Buffalo. There, he is responsible for development, planning, self-study, and coordination of major assessment projects across the division and collaborates with university partners to tell the story of the UB student experience. An educator, poet, and assessment nerd, he has worked in Higher Education for over 15 years as a professor of literature, creative writing, assessment, research, and rhetoric at colleges and universities across Western New York. Daniel currently serves on the Directorate Board of the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and has served on the NASPA Assessment, Persistence, and Data Analytics conference planning committee for several years. Daniel received his B.A. in American Studies from the SUNY at Fredonia, his M.A. in English from the University at Buffalo, and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Dr. Kanny currently oversees the department of Student Affairs Administration at Southern Methodist University, which provides central support at the divisional- and departmental-levels in the areas of research, assessment, strategic planning, marketing and communication, and staff development. Dr. Kanny’s prior experience spans a variety of institutional research and assessment roles, including work in both academic and student affairs, at four- and two-year institutions. In addition to her formal roles within higher education institutional settings, Dr. Kanny also serves as a research consultant for state higher education systems working on grant evaluation and related research support. A long-time California native, Dr. Kanny holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Prior to this, she earned a master’s degree in Urban Education from Loyola Marymount University; she
Jaime Williams serves as the Assistant Director of Assessment for Residential Life and Housing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. In this capacity, she coordinates the outcomes-based assessment and continuous improvement processes for the department. She leads the department assessment planning process, assists her colleagues in implementing various measures of effectiveness and student learning, and designs training and professional development opportunities for Residential Life and Housing staff. In addition, she serves on the Division of Student Affairs Assessment Council, a group charged with building assessment culture and capacity throughout the Division. Jaime is also a current member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and has previously served as faculty twice for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education from Virginia Tech and is currently a doctoral student in the Research, Assessment, and Evaluation Ph.D. program at Virginia Commonwealth University.