Dr. Dena Kniess
Dr. Dena Kniess graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education from Clemson University. Dr. Kniess has worked in residence life at Ball State University and the University of Delaware. While working on her doctorate at Clemson, she was an Associate Director in the New Student and Family Programs office. While she was at Clemson she served as the chair for the Student Affairs Assessment Committee. Her research interests are assessment, multicultural issues in higher education, retention, and the second-year experience. This is her second year as faculty for the Assessment Institute.
Anne McDaniel, PhD is the interim Executive Director in the Center for the Study of Student Life at The Ohio State University. In this role, she oversees assessment, research and planning for the Office of Student Life at Ohio State. Anne joined the Center for the Study of Student Life in 2013 as the Associate Director for Research and Data Management. She earned a PhD in Sociology at The Ohio State University and was a postdoctoral scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy. Prior to joining CSSL, Dr. McDaniel was an Assistant Professor of Education and Sociology (by courtesy) at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. McDaniel’s research interests include gender and racial inequalities in higher education, especially as they relate to student experiences and persistence. Her research has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals, including the Annual Review of Sociology, Demography, Demographic Research, Sociology Compass, and Comparative Education Review.
With vast experience in both the classroom and the administrative conference room, Anne Lundquist believes that institutions of higher education can, and should, continue to adapt in order to compete in the 21st-century marketplace. In her role as Assistant Vice President, Campus Adoption for Campus Labs, she draws on her nearly 30-year career as an educator to help campuses understand the value of technology and data-informed decisions. Before joining Campus Labs, Anne served as Director of Strategic Planning and Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at Western Michigan University, where she championed a holistic framework for student success. In addition to her varied administrative leadership roles at WMU and four liberal arts colleges, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in diverse subject matter, including educational leadership, institutional effectiveness, oral communication, writing, and literature. An expert in enterprise risk management, Anne gives conference presentations, leads webinars, and has authored or peer-reviewed numerous articles and book chapters on strategic planning. She holds both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership, Higher Education, from Western Michigan University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Albion College.
Lucas Schalewski is the Assessment & Research Specialist in the University of Arizona’s Division of Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Academic Initiatives, and Student Success. In this role, Lucas provides consultation and professional development on assessment to over 45 units in the division to support a robust culture of evidence. Lucas is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Arizona’s Center for the Study of Higher Education. He is on his fourth year serving ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation directorate board.
Dr. Needham Yancey Gulley
Dr. Yancey Gulley is an assistant professor in the Higher Education Student Affairs program at Western Carolina University. He also teaches courses in the community college leadership concentration of the University’s Educational Leadership doctoral program. Prior to being a faculty member, he spent 15 years as a student affairs administrator (primarily in the two-year college settings). His first full-time faculty appointment was at Morgan State University in the Community College Leadership doctoral program. Yancey has a long history of advocating for social justice within the educational context through his scholarship, teaching, publications, presentations, trainings, and volunteer endeavors. He also studies many topics around institutional types, primarily two-year colleges and, recently, HBCU’s. Of particular note to this audience is a forthcoming book for which he served as lead editor. Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse Examples of Practice is a currently available joint publication between NASPA, CAS, and ACPA.
Adrian Rodriguez is Vice President for Student Development Services at Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, which is what brought him and his family to Fort Worth, TX. He joined the founding administration of Trinity River in 2009 to open the downtown campus. He has served in this role for the past 6 years and appreciates that no day is the same and always brings a new way to impact student’s lives. Adrian has had the great opportunity of moving through his professional career and education with his arms wide open. He has served as a Vice President, Dean of Students, Registrar, Director of Student Activities, Director of Residence Life, Director of Intramurals, and one of his personal favorites -- College Fastpitch Softball Coach for 6 years. His educational experience has been equally diverse as he earned his B.S. degree (1997) in environmental design from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, and then his M.Ed. degree (2004) in educational administration from Texas A&M University – Kingsville. He is currently working on his Ph.D. degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Counseling and Educational Psychology, from Kansas State University.
Adrian is active in his professional field having served on the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM) Student Affairs Community College Association (SACCA) Advisory Board from 2014 – 2016 and currently serves on the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) Board of Advisors. Adrian also serves on the Advisory Board for the Texas Association of Community College Student Affairs Administrators (TACCSAA) and the Advisory Board for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color through the University of Texas at Austin. Adrian received the 2015 Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 Award to recognize successful young professionals that stand out in their industries and communities. Adrian is a recipient of Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious 2014 National Distinguished College Administrator Award and was inducted into the Hall of Honor for Distinguished College Administrators for the Texas Region of Phi Theta Kappa. In 2013 and 2011, he and his team received the Employee Excellence Award presented by the Chancellor for outstanding performance and exceptional commitment to Tarrant County College in the area of Innovation and Creativity, and Student Success. Adrian received the 2006 National Outstanding First Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina. Adrian is a charter member of the Student Government Honorary, Sigma Gamma Alpha, and is a member of the faculty for the National Center for Leadership Development, Inc. and presents annually at the National Leadership Conference on Student Government. Adrian has served as faculty for the Institute on First-Year Student Success in the Community College, National Resource Center for First-Year Student Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina and presents regularly on behavioral intervention at the University of North Texas Higher Education Law Conference. Most recently, Adrian served as a contributing author to a text entitled, Using the CAS Professional Standards: Diverse
Dr. Kristen McKinney
Dr. Kristen McKinney has served as the Director for UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) since 2011. In this capacity she oversees coordination of campus-wide student survey administration and analysis, as well as assessment support, capacity building, and coordination for Student Affairs, Kristen holds both a master’s and a doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Prior to working in SAIRO, Kristen served UCLA in a variety of institutional research and assessment roles, including work in both academic and student affairs arenas. Kristen is the current Past Chair of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation. This is Kristen’s sixth time serving as an Institute faculty member. She has also made numerous conference presentations in student affairs, higher education, and institutional research arenas (e.g., AIR, ACPA, NASPA, ASHE, etc.) and taught a variety of courses on education topics, particularly student development and campus climate.
Dr. Martha Glass
Dr. Martha Glass is the senior director of assessment and professional development in the Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech. In this capacity, she coordinates assessment for 24 departments as they develop and implement outcomes based assessment strategies that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services that support student learning. She also oversees assessment educational efforts, coordinates program reviews, and assists with strategic planning and accreditation activities. In addition, she provides leadership for professional development efforts for faculty, staff, and students in the division. Martha serves in a leadership role in developing a co-curricular experience for students around division-wide learning goals. Martha holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in Higher Education from Virginia Tech and is an assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at Virginia Tech. Martha serves on the directorate of the ACPA Commission on Assessment and Evaluation, and is the chair for the 2017 ACPA Assessment Institute.
Dr. Larry Roper
Larry Roper is a Professor and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University, where he serves as Coordinator of the Undergraduate Social Justice minor and Coordinator of the College Student Services Administration graduate program. Previously he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University from 1995-2014. He also served OSU for 18 months as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has degrees from Heidelberg University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Maryland. He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing; Associate Dean of Students; Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs; and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, on the Board of Trustees of Heidelberg University, as President of Jackson Street Youth Shelter (serving homeless and vulnerable youth). He served a 4-year term as Editor of the NASPA Journal, and 6 years as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Larry has more than 50 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs. He writes a regular column for the Journal of College and Character. He is editor of the monograph, Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011) and co-editor of the books, Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2016), Teaching For Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007). He has also served on more than 65 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 30.
Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenneth P. Gonzalez serves as the Director of the UCSD/CSUSM Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. He has been an advocate and leader of higher education reform efforts to strengthen local and regional communities for more than two decades. Previously, he served as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University. Dr. Gonzalez also served for 15 years as a full-time faculty member at the University of San Diego, San Jose State University, and California State University Fullerton, where he received multiple national and institutional awards, including the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999, 2003, and 2010. His scholarly work appears in the Journal of College Student Development, Urban Education, the Journal of the First Year Experience, and the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education (JHHE). Dr. Gonzalez’ book (with R.V. Padilla), “Doing the Public Good: Latino Faculty and Civic Engagement,” examines the challenges and strategies of Latinos in aligning their faculty work with local social justice initiatives.
In the past decade, Dr. Gonzalez guided more than 50 community colleges in campus-wide initiatives to increase student learning and success in his role as coach for the national initiative, Achieving the Dream. Two of his colleges, South Texas College and Zane State College, won the nationalLeah Meyer Austin Award for Increasing Student Success.
Dr. Gonzalez is the father of two children, Kael Joaquin and Xiomara-Mia.
Educational Background: Dr. Gonzalez earned a B.S. in psychology and masters of social work at Brigham Young University, as well as a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University.
Dr. Jen Wells, Ph.D.
Dr. Jen Wells is the Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. In this role, she works cooperatively with staff, faculty, administrators, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to advance the Kennesaw State University's continuous improvement initiative. Jen promotes a culture of excellence and continuous improvement through Improve KSU, the university-wide assessment model, and the assessment of performance and student learning outcomes. She also leads the development and implementation of assessment and evaluation activities for institutional-level projects, including the university strategic plan and quality enhancement plan (QEP).
Dr. Wells was previously the Director of Planning and Assessment in Student Affairs at Kennesaw State University. She earned her Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia with her dissertation focusing on the psychosocial development of students with the Broader Autism Phenotype. Jen received undergraduate degrees in German and History from Albion College, and a Masters in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State. She is the Editor for the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), and facilitated the release of the 9th edition CAS Book and Self-Assessment Guides (SAGs). Jen enjoys CrossFit, reading, hiking, and most importantly, spending time with her dog, Max.