Dr. Jason Simon is the Associate Vice Provost of Institutional Research and Assessment. In this capacity he is responsible for ensuring that the University is working towards achieving its strategic, student development/learning and administrative goals. He is comfortable with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies and has presented at numerous regional and national conferences on assessment-related topics. He is proficient in SPSS for quantitative data and the Coding Analysis Toolkit for qualitative data. He is also leading the wide scale adoption of direct evidence across the UNT campus via ID Card scanning at programs, services and events. He has also been instrumental in creating an excel-based dashboard version of the Council for the Advancement of Standards to aid senior staff in quickly determining CAS proficiency and improve staff experiences with the process. Most recently, he served as the principal investigator on the UNT Student Experience Survey of Transfer, Non-traditional and Veteran students designed to obtain statistically reliable information on affinity, pride, co-curricular growth, and satisfaction with campus services and programs. He holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from UNT, where his research focused on the impact of campus type as it relates to a national dataset of alumni giving.
Prior to his work at UNT, he served eight years at the University of California, Berkeley as the Associate Executive Director for Alumni and Student Relations overseeing a staff of 11 empowered to plan and execute over 120 programs and events a year for UC Berkley students and alumni. Specifically, he oversaw regional and national alumni clubs and chapters, University commencement, athletic events for alumni, student homecoming, student scholarships, student-alumni mentorship, student organizations, the annual alumni black-tie gala, and alumni career services. He has chaired numerous international advancement conferences for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and has been published in both online and print media. He earned his Master's degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Vermont and holds a Bachelors degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey in Environmental Studies.
Dr. Russell Ruffu is a data analyst III and provides consulting support to University faculty and staff in the development of assessment planning and execution, research projects, and data analysis for the improvement and advancement of student learning and university experiences.
Russell received his bachelor degrees in English and Social Sciences, a master degree in Elementary Education, and his doctorate in Reading Education, all from UNT. His dissertation, Developing Oral Reading Fluency Among High School Limited-English Proficiency Students: An Intervention Using Speech Recognition Software, focused on the use of speech recognition technology for the improvement of reading fluency for English language learners.
Russell’s previous role in Institutional Research and Effectiveness included consultation for assessment and planning, data analysis, and SACS reports especially in regard to UNT’s TracDat reporting system. He conducted training workshops as well as individual and small group consultations for the TracDat reporting system. Before that, Russell taught ESL and Reading in area secondary schools, and taught English as a second language to our international students at the IELI from 1990 through 2004.
Russell’s current advocacy in institutional assessment is efficiency in assessment planning, data collection, analyses, disbursement of findings, and data driven decision-making. Tied to this is the extension of his research with voice recognition in qualitative applications of data collection, such as focus groups, round table discussions, and interviews which provide rich resources for data mining. Russell also provides training workshops and consultations for the UNT Qualtrics survey system.
Leidy Silva is the Student Assistant for Institutional Assessment since April 2011. In this role, she manages extensive use of scanning technology for document imaging and survey intake of over 12,000 paper-based surveys, prepares qualitative focus group transcriptions from audio and written formats, facilitates training for RAP staff on training surveys and utilizes GRAVIC Data Collection software to increase office efficiency utilizing quantitative data.
Prior to her work with Institutional Assessment, Leidy was a Student Assistant for Institutional Research & Effectiveness. There, she reviewed and summarized current publications in the field of Institutional Research for Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research & Effectiveness; entered text of survey questions in Qualtrics, and pulled 4-column unit reports in TracDat and provided PDF files to Assistant Director for Institutional Effectiveness.
Leidy is a sophomore Emerald Eagle Scholar and a Student Ambassador for the College of Arts and Sciences. She will be receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Criminal Justice.
Dr. Amanda Kay Moske is the graduate data analyst for Institutional Assessment. In this role, Amanda analyzes research data related to student populations using primary and secondary data. She is currently working on a quantitative analysis of institutional card swipe data to investigate patterns of service usage and student retention in support of the Engagement-Retention Index initiative.
Amanda graduated from the University of North Texas in 2009 with a masters and Ph.D. in experimental psychology. She holds bachelors degrees in psychology and biology from the University of Missouri. She is currently pursuing a second doctorate in educational research at UNT with an expected completion date of December 2013. Her primary research areas include older adults in higher education, grandparents raising grandchildren, parenting among diverse populations, parenting stress and child care.
Prior to her work with Institutional Assessment, Amanda worked as a teaching fellow, teaching assistant, and research assistant within the Psychology and Educational Psychology Departments at UNT. In addition, she assisted faculty from the Educational Psychology department in grant writing and statistical consultation. She is most familiar with the statistical software SPSS, but has a working knowledge of SAS, SYSTAT, HLM-7, and R (R-Project). Since 2008, she has helped plan and organize the UNT Center for Parent Education’s International Conference on Parent Education and Parenting. Prior to coming to UNT, Amanda worked on the Alcohol, Health, and Behavior Project (AHB) at the University of Missouri. AHB is a high-risk, prospective study of the development and persistence of alcohol use disorders and other problems in adulthood which is funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). Specifically, she programmed the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS) using Ci3 software, interviewed participants in the study, and performed analyses on data collected during interviews.