Best Practices in Assessment Group

The Best Practices in Assessment Group is a discussion group comprised of associate and assistant deans of academic and student affairs from each of the schools, school based program directors, and Accreditation and Assessment Unit members which regularly convenes to examine and share best practices in assessment.  The group met informally in 2016 and was formalized subsequent to the Middle States Site Team suggestion received in regards to Standard 7: Institutional Assessment.  The team suggested that UMB have the Associate Deans for Academic Affairs regularly address assessment during their monthly meetings or through the development of an assessment subcommittee to address and share assessment best practices and tools.

Meeting Agenda and Documents

October 17, 2017

February 6, 2018

April 9, 2018

  • Special Topic - Carnegie Community Engagement Classification Application

October 16, 2018

December 4, 2018

April 10, 2019

February 4, 2020

April 21, 2020

June 16, 2020

October 6, 2020

December 15, 2020

February 9, 2021

April 6, 2021

June 8, 2021

September 7, 2021

October 5, 2021

November 2, 2021

December 7, 2021

January 4, 2022

February 1, 2022

April 5, 2022

May 3, 2022

June 7, 2022

November 1, 2022

February 7, 2023

March 7, 2023

June 6, 2023

July 11, 2023

August 1, 2023

November 7, 2023

February 6, 2024

March 5, 2024

April 2, 2024

May 7, 2024

June 4, 2024

Note: Recordings of recent meetings are available - contact IESPA for assistance

Group Members

Patricia Alvarez, PhD

Chief Student Affairs Officer and Vice President

Office of the Provost


Christina Cestone, PhD

Executive Director, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

Academic Affairs

Program Director and Associate Professor

Graduate School


Lynn Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor and Director of Evaluation

School of Nursing


Shannan Dixon, MS CGC

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics

Director, Master's in Genetic Counseling Program

School of Medicine


Lorraine Doucette, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM

Assistant Professor and Director, MLS Program

Department of Medical and Research Technology

School of Medicine


Crystal Edwards, JD MA

Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs

Francis King Carey School of Law


Erin Golembewski, PhD

Senior Associate Dean

Graduate School


Kelby B. Kaplan, PT, DPT, EdD

Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences


Constance N. Lacap, DO

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Assistant Dean for Assessment

School of Medicine


Lisa Lebovitz, JD

Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs & Assessment

School of Pharmacy


Amanda Lehning, MSW PhD

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor

School of Social Work


Mark D. Macek, DDS DrPH

Professor, Dental Public Health

Assistant Dean for Curriculum Innovation and Scholarship

Director, Office of Instructional Evaluation

School of Dentistry


Joseph P. Martinez, MD

Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine

Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Experience

School of Medicine


Karen D. Matthews, DM, MPA

Director, Strategic Planning and Assessment

Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Strategic Planning and Assessment


Tricia D. O'Neill, JD

Assistant Vice President for Special Projects

Office of the Provost


Jenny Owens, ScD, MS

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Graduate School


Courtney Resnick, EdD

Director, Academic Administration

Office of the Provost and the Graduate School


Diane Marie M. St. George, PhD

Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health

Program Director, Master of Public Health Program

Vice Chair, EPH Academic Programs 


Gregory C. Spengler, MPA

Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Accreditation Liaison Officer

Middle States Commission on Higher Education