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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gerald Edmonds, Ph.D.
Senior Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs
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).
Associate Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Gabe is an associate director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. 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.
Associate Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
Laura is an associate director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. She works with faculty and staff to develop and implement campus assessment efforts to enhance learning and the student experience. She has extensive experience in articulating goals, outcomes, and objectives; developing assessment and action plans; creating assessment instruments; collecting both qualitative and quantitative data; analyzing and interpreting results; and communicating findings. 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 is currently the Office of Institutional Research (OIR). She joined Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment in summer 2017.
Laura received her BA in History from Allegheny College and MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University.
Amanda Johnson Sanguiliano
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.
Functional Business Analyst
Melissa is a functional business analyst for the group. Her current responsibilities are focused on University-wide assessment, Middle States accreditation, strategic planning, and program review initiatives. Melissa started at Syracuse University 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 received her BS in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University.
Trish is the administrative specialist in Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, directly supporting Senior Assistant Provost Jerry Edmonds. She has thorough knowledge of office and project management, event planning, calendar scheduling and coordination, travel arrangements, faculty/staff connections, and purchasing for the department. Trish is a longstanding member of the Syracuse University community, becoming the office coordinator for the Slutzker Center for International Services at Syracuse in 2014. She moved into the role of Project Coordinator for Newhouse’s Undergraduate Advising and Records unit in 2016, before her transition in fall 2018 to the department of Academic Affairs.
Trish received her BA in Art History from Syracuse University.
Research and Assessment Intern
Fresenai is a research and assessment intern for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. He works closely with associate director Laura Harington and assessment associate Amanda Johnson Sanguiliano in two key areas: assessment of academic program, co-curricular and functional areas and the assessment of undergraduate shared competencies. As a member of the IEA assessment working team, he evaluates the university assessment framework, analyses how faculty and staff are engaged in assessment activities so as to develop meaningful support and recognition opportunities for faculty and staff. In the area of shared competency, he is participating in mapping program-level student learning outcomes established for each undergraduate major and stand-alone minor to the University’s six competencies, facilitate evidence collection for the assessment pilot, and participate in benchmarking activities. Fresenai joined the IEA in 2018, as a student employee where he worked on updating and developing several assessment resources.
Fresenai received his BA in Educational Psychology from Eritrea Institute of Technology in Eritrea and MS in Educational Leadership and CAS in Instructional Design Foundations from Syracuse University.
First Year Experience Coordinator
Jessie Santillan is the First Year Experience Coordinator. He aims to help create an orientation that sets up every first year student to maximize their potential for success for the duration of their college career. During his time at SU, Jessie continually focused on getting to know the greater Syracuse community through his membership in Alpha Phi Omega, an international co-ed community service fraternity, and through his work in downtown Syracuse.
Jesse received his BA in Political Science from Syracuse University in May 2018.
Functional Business Analyst
Hopeton Smalling is currently serving as a functional business analyst for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. His professional career reflects over fifteen years of experience in higher education, optimizing teaching and learning effectiveness in and out of the classroom. He is exceptionally adept at leveraging educational business intelligence to optimize operational needs. He possesses a demonstrated record of accomplishment in development and implementation of student success initiatives.
Hopeton received his BA from Hunter College in Communications. He also completed a MBA in enterprise resource planning and administration from Le Moyne College. Also, he earned his sixth year degree as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) from Liberty University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate exploring the phenomenon of emerging academic technologies and Big Data utilization in higher education.