Danielle Acheampong | she, her, hers | @DAcheamp

Danielle has served as an Assessment and Research Analyst for UCLA’s Student Affairs Information and Research Office (SAIRO) since 2014, working with the Registrar’s Office and other Student Affairs departments to support and guide assessment efforts. She also facilitates professional development training through SAIRO events and courses. Information can be a powerful tool for decision making and through her work Danielle seeks to empower staff to capture and use data in their work. Danielle is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in History, and the University of Washington with an M.A. in Museology. During graduate school, she also completed a certificate program focusing on measuring visitor experience outcomes through assessment. As an audience researcher prior to working in universities, she conducted several studies for museum clients including the Woodland Park Zoo, The Burke Museum and Pacific Science Center. She enjoys bringing in unusual perspectives and methods to Higher Education Assessment.

Jeff Burrow | he, him, his | @jeff_burrow

Jeff is the Manager: Assessment & Analysis for Student Life at the University of Toronto. He spends his half his time working with staff on departmental and program assessment plans, and half time analyzing and visualizing data form major institutional surveys like the National Survey of Student Engagement, Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, National College Health Assessment, Canadian Graduate and Professional Student Survey and the Graduate Student Experience in the Research University Survey. Jeff is the past co-chair and current executive of the Research, Assessment & Evaluation Community of Practice with CACUSS. Jeff was a co-chair of the 2018 CACUSS Assessment Institute and a member of the Association for Institutional Research and the American Evaluation Association. Jeff’s primary assessment interests relate to survey design, quantitative methods/analysis and data visualization. He has an undergraduate degree in Business from Wilfrid Laurier, an MA in Education from Queen’s University and is in the final stages of a doctoral program in Higher Education at OISE/University of Toronto.

Lesley D’Souza | she, her, hers | @lesley_dsouza

Lesley is a student affairs assessment professional that specializes in storytelling with data. Currently, she is the Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing in Western University’s Student Experience division. After focusing on assessment and storytelling in her two previous roles, Lesley is exploring how data-informed stories can be used to intentionally shift culture in positive directions. She is exploring how design thinking can be blended with the assessment cycle, and how we can broaden our understanding of assessment best practices in support of decolonization. Lesley is involved in the Canadian Association of College & University Student Services as the Co-chair for the Research, Assessment & Evaluation Community of Practice, and is a member of the ACPA Commission for Assessment & Evaluation Directorate. She completed her MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in 2006, and is a mom to two little boys.

Martha Glass | she, her, hers | @marthaglassVT

Dr. Martha Glass serves as an Executive Director in Student Affairs Operations and Administration at Virginia Tech. Martha has oversight of assessment and professional development.. 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 and administrative effectiveness. She also oversees assessment educational efforts, coordinates program reviews, research projects about the student experience, and assists with strategic planning and accreditation activities. In addition, she provides leadership for professional development and human resources for 3,600 faculty, staff, and students in the division. 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 is chair of the ACPA Commission on Assessment and Evaluation.

Atifa F. Karim | she, her, hers | @atifafk

Atifa is the Lead Coordinator for Career Education at the University of Toronto. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing and implementing the central career services department’s Curriculum Framework and Assessment Strategy. This ensures an integrated curricular approach to career programs, services, and resources, as well as the implementation of outcomes-based assessment strategies that lead to the ongoing, learner-centred improvement of career services. Having worked across a variety of functional areas, Atifa brings a systems-thinking and collaborative approach to curriculum design and assessment, including a nuanced understanding of the integration of student and academic affairs and a keen focus on engaging students as partners in curriculum design and assessment. Atifa has undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Education from York University, and Masters of Education in Higher Education and Educational Policy from the University of Toronto.

Anne E. Lundquist | she, her, hers | @AnneElundquist

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.

Kristen McKinney | she, her, hers | @drmckinney

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 professional service includes a term as the Chair of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation as well as a representative to ACPA’s Assessment Task Force. This is Kristen’s seventh 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 assessment, student development and campus climate.  She currently serves as an Associate Lecturer in Student Affairs Administration for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Jenny Sampirisi | she, her, hers | @JennySampirisi

Jenny Sampirisi is the Assessment and Research Specialist with the Student Affairs Special Projects/Storytelling unit at Ryerson University. With a focus on data storytelling, Jenny provides leadership, coordination and expertise in designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment projects related to student development, learning outcomes, and educational programming/services and measures how these initiatives impact student success and retention. She is passionate about the meaningful use of data to shape the future of programming and to inform and strengthen existing projects. Her favourite challenge on a given day is looking for the questions that haven’t yet been asked and finding ways to uncover the impact of SA services on students’ long term success and wellbeing.

Jenny’s background is as an educational developer, specifically during the critical pilot phases of access and transition programs. Through her experience working with transition programs for mature and non-traditional learners she respects that much of student learning takes place outside of the classroom and through the support systems that scaffold the learning outcomes of education such as those offered by Student Affairs. In her previous roles as a learning strategist and subject matter expert she developed numerous online courses designed to help students demystify the learning process, discover and effectively utilize campus services, shape support programming, and decode the sometimes abstract expectations of university culture. Jenny also teaches in the Department of English, in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, and in the Spanning the Gaps - Access to Post-Secondary Education program at Ryerson and she is the Academic Coordinator of the Creative Writing program at the Chang School. In 2014 she received the Deans' Teaching Award for excellence and innovation in the classroom.

Lucas Schalewski | he, him, his | @LucasSchalewski

Lucas Schalewski is the Associate Director of University of Arizona’s Assessment, Research, & Grant Development Office. Lucas leads assessment strategy and support for over 45 student affairs and student services departments/units. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Arizona Center for the Study of Higher Education and on his fifth year serving ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation directorate Board.

amanda thomas headshotAmanda Thomas | she, her, hers

Amanda is the Executive Director of Assessment and Planning at West Chester University and vice chair for the 2019 Student Affairs Assessment Institute. She coordinates assessment and strategic planning activities for the Division of Student Affairs, chairs the Student Affairs Assessment Council, and serves on the university’s assessment and strategic planning groups. Her experience includes grant evaluation, research support, academic assessment, institutional research and student affairs assessment. She is a member of the ACPA Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and is involved in the Student Affairs Assessment Leaders organization. Amanda holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and a B.B.A in Management from Kent State University. She is certified in Continuing Research Education. Her research interests are broad, however, some constant themes include career development, diversity and inclusion, first generation students, leadership and management, mental health, mentoring and student success.

Matthew Venaas | he, him, his | @mattvenaas

Matthew Venaas is a Research Manager on the Analytics & Research Team at Skyfactor. In this capacity, he is responsible for building and delivering educational webinars, research notes, and reports related to analysis and findings from over 50 national benchmarking assessments and the Mapworks student success and retention system. Matt is also responsible for developing, piloting, and maintaining new survey instruments. Matt is currently a directorate board member of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation. He recently co-authored a chapter in Making a Difference: Improving Residence Life Assessment Practices on key decision points and concerns for selecting assessment methods. He regularly presents at annual conferences for ACPA, NASPA, and ACUHO-I on topics including but not limited to data visualization, survey design, student involvement and engagement, and best practices in assessment. He as a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University.

Jen Wells | She, her, hers |@jbwells

Dr. Jen Wells is the Director of Assessment in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Kennesaw State University.  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 is currently facilitating the release of the 10th edition CAS Book and Self-Assessment Guides (SAGs).  Jen enjoys CrossFit, reading, hiking, and most importantly, spending time with her dog, Max.

Sara Wills | she, her, hers | @saramwills

Sara Wills serves as the Coordinator, Assessment, Hiring & Training within the Department of Housing and Residence Life Services at Carleton University.  The majority of her time is spent assessing the department’s curricular approach and achievement of outcomes across various educational plans, including first year- and upper year students, community development, and student conduct. She is also directly responsible for the development, implementation and assessment of the staff hiring and training plans.  Sara is currently serving on the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation Directorate Board and is a faculty member for the upcoming 2019 ACPA Institute on the Curricular Approach. She has served in a faculty role for the 2018 CACUSS Canadian Assessment Institute and 2018 OACUHO New Professional Training Institute as well. With additional certifications and research interests in strengths-based leadership and career development, when not working on assessment projects she can often be found meeting with students, colleagues and groups about individual purpose, team development and career exploration as well. Sara earned her Honours Bachelor of Arts at Lakehead University and her Masters of Education in post-secondary studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland.



Dr. Stephanie Waterman | she, her, hers | @watersteph

Stephanie J. Waterman is Onondaga, Turtle Clan, from the Onondaga Nation. She is the mother of two daughters and a proud grandmother. She earned her doctorate from Syracuse University after working there in 11 different departments. Her research has explored Native American/ Indigenous college student experiences. She and her colleagues, Heather J. Shotton, and Shelly C. Lowe edited the first book on Native American student affairs, Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher education (Stylus, 2013), and their second book, Beyond College Access: Indigenizing Programs for Student Success launched in 2018 (Stylus).

Indigenous post-secondary student success—making the experience more than survival—is what drives her work. Many Indigenous students center their culture as they navigate postsecondary institutions, using their families and communities as foundations to their resiliency. Institutions, however, vary greatly in how they understand and support Indigenous students. Many institutions in the United States are unaware that there is an Indigenous student population on their campus.

Current Research: “Islands of Sanctuary: Native American Student Affairs” Aboriginal/Indigenous/First Nations student support units. The purpose of this research is to study Native American Student Affairs (NASA) units, (Indigenous Student Centers) personnel, and those institutional administrators, staff, and faculty with whom they interact.  As an organizational strategy, units will be ordered by National Association of Student Personnel regions that include international units such as those in Canada. An interactive map is being constructed that will locate NASA units, link to their webpage, and identify the Indigenous territory associated with the unit. A link to a simple map can be accessed here: https://www.warner.rochester.edu/pages/nasau/


  • 2019 AERA Indigenous Peoples of the Americas SIG Mike Charleston Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Indigenous Education
  • 2019  NASPA Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education Robert H. Shaffer Award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education
  • ACPA Senior Scholars 2018-2024
  • 2013  Native American Leadership and Mentoring Award presented by the Rochester Institute of Technology, Future Stewards Program
  • 2012  Outstanding Research Award from the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community.
  • 2010 Certificate of Appreciation from the Warner Graduate Student Association LGBTQ & Allies, Special Interest Group, University of Rochester.