Assessment Working Team

The Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs has put together an Assessment Working Team (AWT) whose members are available to consult with and provide support and resources to academic program, co-curricular, and functional areas as they develop and implement assessment and action plans. If you have assessment-related questions and are interested in a consultation, department/unit meeting, and/or workshop for your area, please contact the AWT at assessment@syr.edu.

Team Members

Gerald Edmonds, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs
E-mail: gedmonds@syr.edu

Dr. Edmonds is Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and leads University initiatives on institutional effectiveness and assessment. Jerry was director of SU Project Advance (SUPA) from 2002 through 2014. He remains connected to SUPA, serving as Executive Director and continuing to administer the College Learning Strategies, computer engineering, and economics courses. Jerry is also the founding president (in 2002) of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), the governing body for concurrent enrollment programs across the country. He served a second term as president from 2004 to 2006, and he was chair of the Accreditation Committee on the NACEP Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008.

Jerry began his teaching career in 1989 at the University of Windsor teaching two courses in organizational communication. He has also taught instructional design at Ithaca College. At Syracuse University, Jerry teaches IDE 651: Message Design and Digital Media and IDE 632: Instructional Development II, both in the School of Education and MAR 356: Marketing Research and MAR 400/600 Digital Marketing both in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Jerry received his BA (Hons) in English and Communication Studies from York University, MA in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, MBA in Management from Syracuse University, and Ph.D. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University. He also completed the intensive, highly selective Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program (MDP).

 

Melissa Lowry
Administrative Specialist
E-mail: malowry@syr.edu

Melissa is an administrative specialist in Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. Her current responsibilities are focused on University-wide assessment, Middle States accreditation, strategic planning, and program review initiatives. Melissa has broad experience in event management, presentation facilitation, office management, payroll processing, personnel communication, supplies replenishment, calendar keeping, and travel arrangements. Melissa started at Syracuse University (SU) in 2011 as an office coordinator in the SU Project Advance. In 2014, she transferred to the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs to work in the assessment unit.

Melissa is to receive her BA in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University in 2018.

 

Laura Harrington
Senior Research Associate
E-mail: lalvut@syr.edu

Laura is a senior research associate in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA). Her current responsibilities are focused on student learning outcomes assessment. Laura has worked with faculty and staff from across campus to develop and implement assessment activities. She has extensive experience in articulating goals and objectives; developing assessment plans; creating assessment documents, including survey instruments and focus group protocols; collecting both qualitative and quantitative data; analyzing and interpreting results; and communicating findings. Laura has also been involved in the analysis of data collected through the University’s participation in national research studies and for institutional research purposes. Laura started at Syracuse University in 1996 in the Center for Instructional Development (CID), which later became the Center for Support of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and has evolved into the present day OIRA.

Laura received her BA in History from Allegheny College and MS in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University.

 

Yuri Pavlov
Intern
E-mail: ypavlov@syr.edu

Yuri joined Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment as an intern in July 2016. He is currently working on assessment and action plans assessment; developing rubrics, guidelines, and tutorials that support assessment activities at SU. Yuri’s prior activities include redesigning the current SU assessment website.

Yuri received his BA in Translation Studies and MA in Linguistics from Belarusian State University (Belarus), MA in Gender Studies from Central European University (Hungary), and MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University (USA).

 

Amanda Johnson Sanguiliano
Assessment Associate
E-mail: aljohn07@syr.edu

Amanda strives to cultivate and assess student learning at Syracuse University through her work in Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (IEA). Amanda’s experience designing and implementing leadership, orientation, and engaged learning curricula enables her to consult faculty and staff across campus on student learning outcomes. Amanda’s passion for research has given her the opportunity to lead several research teams and present findings at national conferences such as ACPA and Campus Compact. Amanda’s research interests include college access, social justice, high impact practices, and the role experiential learning plays in developing engaged citizens. Amanda started at Syracuse University in 2014 at the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service as the Winnick Literacy Program Coordinator and joined IEA in the summer of 2017.

Amanda received her BA in English and BA in Women’s Studies from West Chester University and MS in Higher Education from Syracuse University.

 

Yunkai Xu
Intern
E-mail: yxu145@syr.edu

Yunkai is an intern in Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and at Syracuse University Project Advance. His current responsibilities include assessment data management and instructional development of videos and guides for Tk20, the University’s assessment management platform.

Yunkai received his BA in Applied Physics from Hefei University of Technology, China, and MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University.

 

Gabe Coleman
Project Manager
E-mail: gbcolema@syr.edu

Gabe is a project manager in the Enterprise Process Support department of Information Technology Services (ITS). His efforts are on implementing and maintaining an efficient and systematic approach to managing the assessment process and information. Gabe has experience managing large-scale programs at the University including the Middle States accreditation process, the Academic Strategic Plan and the JPMorgan Chase/Syracuse University collaboration. Prior to joining Syracuse University’s Office of Research in 2011, Gabe worked in Brisbane Australia and Vancouver Canada for tier 1 engineering/design consultants. He has held the role of senior project manager with a portfolio of projects that included business consulting, nation-wide government audits, community infrastructure construction, and environmental permitting projects. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute.

Gabe received his BSc in Natural Resource Management from the University of British Columbia and his MBA in Management from Syracuse University.