Meet the 2016 AI Faculty!

Keynote address by...
Gavin Henning, 2015-2016 ACPA President


I am a college student educator with a reputation as an organizer, collaborator, and catalyst for educational change.

My higher education career has spanned 20+ years including positions including professor, assessment practitioner, and student affairs educator. In my current position asMaster of Higher Education Administration and Doctorate of Education Program Directorat New England College, I help prepare the next generation of professionals to improve educational organizations. As president of ACPA – College Student Educators International I have the distinct privilege of leading the premiere higher education association centered on fostering college student learning and development. As founder ofStudent Affairs Assessment Leaders (SAAL) and member of the executive committee of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) I further a national agenda of accountability and continuous improvement of higher education programs and services.

For my contributions to student affairs and higher education I have been recognized by receiving ACPA’s Annuit Coeptis award and Diamond Honoree awards.

I holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology both from the University of New Hampshire as well as a Master of Arts degree in College and University Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Michigan State University.

In my free time enjoys reading, biking, kayaking, and losing to Facebook Friends in Scrabble.

Kevin Clark

Kevin C. Clarke


Kevin C. Clarke is the Assistant Director of Academic Engagement in the Center for the First-Year Experience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, he served as the Assistant Director for Faculty Development and Assessment with University 101 Programs at the University of South Carolina. Kevin earned his M.A. in College Student Development from Appalachian State University and his B.A. in Political Science and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation directorate board.

Marybeth Drechsler SharpMarybeth Drechsler Sharp


Dr. Marybeth Drechsler Sharp is the Executive Director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). She completed her doctorate in College Student Personnel at the University of Maryland (UMD), where she also served as an adjunct instructor and internship supervisor. Previously, she worked with leadership and service learning in UMD's College Park Scholars living-learning program, in residence life at the University of Missouri and University of Central Missouri, and as an executive board member for the Missouri College Personnel Association. Marybeth was a National Study of Living-Learning Programs research team member and a co-researcher for the Autoethnographic Research Group. She has studied and presented on topics of learning outcomes, leadership self-efficacy, dimensions of identity development, student engagement in living-learning environments, and the motives and experiences of faculty members involved with living-learning programs.

Martha GlassMartha Glass


Dr. Martha Glass is the Director of Administration for Assessment and Professional Development at Virginia Tech. In this capacity, she coordinates assessment for 24 departments to develop and implement outcomes based assessment strategies, including comprehensive program reviews, that lead to continuous improvement of programs and services that support student learning. She also assists with strategic planning and accreditation activities, and 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 affiliated faculty member in the Higher Education program.  Martha serves on the directorate board of the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and the ACPA/NASPA Rubric Task Force for professional competencies.

Maureen HaltonMaureen Halton


Maureen Halton is a Consultant on the Campus Success team at Campus Labs. In this capacity, she works with campuses in the south and west regions around student engagement and student affairs assessment. Prior to Campus Labs, Maureen worked in residence life and student conduct. She also helped to coordinate divisional assessment programs while in graduate school, both at Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Maureen earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College and her B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. 

Allison Kanney

Allison Kanny


Dr. Allison Kanny is the Coordinator of Assessment Support and Capacity Building within UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office. In this role, she supports Student Affairs departments in completing assessment work by providing individual departmental consultation and support as well as facilitating professional development opportunities for Student Affairs staff. Allison also serves on the directorate board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation. This will be Allison’s second year as a faculty member at the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. Allison holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She earned a M.A. in Urban Education with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University and completed her undergraduate studies at Occidental College.


KeupJennifer R. Keup


Dr. Jennifer Keup is the Director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition where she provides leadership for all operational, strategic, and scholarly activities of the Center in pursuit of its mission “to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.” She also serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina. Jennifer’s research interests focus on: 1) the first-year experience and students in transition and 2) high-impact practices and institutional interventions. She has engaged in scholarly work, teaching, and service on many topics such as college student characteristics; the impact of college on students; student access, development, learning, and success; curriculum and student services; peer leadership; community college and transfer issues; leadership and institutional effectiveness; student performance, adjustment, and attainment; and higher education assessment.

Amanda KnerrAmanda R.  Knerr


Amanda Knerr is the Executive Director for Residential Life and Housing at Indiana State University.  She has previously held positions at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Alaska Southeast-Juneau.  Amanda has been very involved with ACPA, having served as the Chair of the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation, Chair for a task force to develop an Association Wide Assessment Plan, Co-Chair and invited faculty for the Residential Curriculum Institute, and invited faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute.  Amanda is currently completing her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include the impact of engaged scholarship in undergraduate education, sustainability, and the development of assessment culture. 

Dena KniessDena R. Kniess


Dr. Dena Kniess graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education from Clemson University. Dena 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. Her research interests include assessment, multicultural issues in higher education, retention, and the second-year experience. This is her first year as a faculty member for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute.

Victoria LivingstonVictoria Livingston


Victoria Livingston is the Coordinator of Co-Curricular Assessment & Program Review at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. In this position, she oversees a variety of assessment, planning and reporting initiatives for the Division of Student Affairs and its partners. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Planning & Assessment at Northern Illinois University. She graduated with a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron and a B.A. in Political Science and History from Ashland University. Victoria is in her fourth year of service on the directorate board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and is serving as the Chair for the 2016 Student Affairs Assessment Institute. 

Lucas ShalewskiLucas Schalewski


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 diverse units in the division to support a robust culture of evidence. Lucas received his Master’s degree from Oregon State University in College Student Services Administration and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Lucas is a member of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation directorate board.  



Dallin YoungDallin George Young


Dr. Dallin George Young is the Assistant Director for Research, Grants, and Assessment at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina.  Before joining the Center, Dallin worked in assessment-focused doctoral internships in the Office of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College and in the Department of Student Affairs Assessment at the University of Georgia. Prior to this, he held professional positions in student housing at Dixie State College of Utah, University of South Carolina, and California College of the Arts. His research focuses on transition programs in higher education, learning outcomes of postsecondary professional preparation, peer leadership, the impact of professional standards in higher education, and the outcomes of assessment of functional areas in higher education.



Jen WellsJen Wells


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 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). Jen earned her Ph.D. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia with a dissertation 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).