Darby currently serves as the Director of Student Life Studies at Texas A&M University, having been promoted from Associate Director, Assistant Director, Assessment Coordinator, and graduate assistant in the same department. Before joining Student Life Studies, Darby worked as an Area Coordinator in the Texas A&M Department of Residence Life and as a Hall Director at the University of Tennessee.
Darby has also taught in the Student Affairs Administration and Higher Education master’s program. The courses include Assessment in Student Affairs, Research in Student Affairs, and the Functions and Foundations of Student Affairs.
Darby earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in business analysis and research (management information systems), Master of Science in human resources management, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration, all from Texas A&M University. The title of her dissertation was Skill Development among Student Affairs Professionals in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Region III.
Her professional involvement includes being co-chair elect (co-chair in March 2013) for NASPA’s Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community, serving as assessment column editor for NASPA’s NetResults, and co-editing Learning is Not a Sprint, a NASPA book published in June 2012. Darby frequently presents at national conferences.
Darby will be presenting two sessions at the Institute, “Student Affairs Assessment: Where are we?” and “Politics of Assessment in a Complex Environment.”