Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Mason’s Academic Assessment Council


The Assessment Council was created in Fall 2014 to provide a collaborative environment for representatives from academic units to discuss and review proposed assessment policies and practices at Mason. Council members are also a valuable source of information for their units regarding ongoing assessment initiatives, including: annual assessment reporting, the Tk20 assessment management system, and institutional surveys. The current council members are:

Shannon Nix (Chair)
Director, Institutional Assessment, OIRE

Oscar Barton
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Volgenau School of Engineering

Shannon Davis
Interim Senior Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Stephanie Foster
Associate Director, Undergraduate Education, Office of the Provost

Rick Hess
Associate Director of Accreditation and Assessment, School of Business

Lisa Kahn
Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Maoria Kirker
Instructional Services and Assessment Librarian, Gateway Library

Misty Krell
Director of Student Services, School of Integrative Studies

Thulasi Kumar
Associate Provost, Institutional Research and Effectiveness, OIRE

Elysia Lash
Associate Director of Assessment, Research and Retention, University Life

Karen Manley
Operations and Communications Manager, OIRE

Annamaria Nields
Associate Dean, Administration and Student Affairs, Scalia Law School

John Riskind
Professor, Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Padhu Seshaiyer
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, College of Science

Julie Shedd
Associate Dean, Administration, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Adrienne Sullivan
Accreditation Coordinator, College of Education and Human Development

Cathy Tompkins
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Studies, College of Health and Human Services

Matthys Van Schaik
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Schar School of Policy and Government

John Woolsey
Research Curriculum Coordinator, Honors College


For questions about the Assessment Council or assessment practices at Mason, contact the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at or 703.993.8834.