Institutional Assessment Council

The Institutional Assessment Council serves as an advisory body for the Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation. The Council provides recommendations and guidance regarding: the assessment of student learning outcomes in programs across the university, professional development for faculty and staff in the areas of assessment and continuous improvement, and recognition of best practices and excellent assessment work.  Further, the Institutional Assessment Council reviews, refines, and promulgates institutional learning outcomes (ILOs), reviews and interprets aggregate data relating to the achievement of these learning outcomes, and makes recommendations for necessary improvements.

Specifically, the Council:

  • Leads institution-wide assessment initiatives;
  • Proposes institutional policy in the area of student learning assessment;
  • Collects and disseminates information regarding best practices in student learning assessment;
  • Identifies professional development needs in the area of assessment and recommends appropriate strategies for addressing these needs;
  • Reviews institutional assessment progress and makes recommendations for improvement; and
  • Sponsors recognition activities to support and showcases programs and individuals engaged in effective assessment practices.

Council Membership

Christine Human

IAC Chair; Associate Dean for Accreditation and Student Affairs; Lecturer, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Cathleen Morreale

Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness & Learning Analytics

Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation

Paschalis Alexandridis

Faculty Senate Representative; UB Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Martha Bohm

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

School of Architecture and Planning

Catherine P. Cook-Cottone

Professor, Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

Graduate School of Education

Susan Grinslade

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs

School of Nursing

Kathryn Kendall

Senior Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Online Programs

School of Social Work

Daniel Sheehan

Associate Dean; Clinical Professor, Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

James Wooten


School of Law

Mary Odden

Assessment Specialist

Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation

Tanya Biscardi

Senior Project Administrator

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Dianna Cichocki

Clinical Assistant Professor, Management Science and Systems

School of Management

Gaspar Farkas

Associate Dean Academic and Student Affairs; Associate Professor, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Dan Kaczmarek

Director, Assessment and Research

Division of Student Life

Jaime Maerten-Rivera

Director of Assessment

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Peter Pfordresher

Professor and Chair;

Department of Psychology

Katie Darling

Associate Dean for Academic Services;

The Graduate School

Danielle Lamarre-Smith


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