Ask eAIR covers topics about the work of institutional research, careers in the field, and other broad topics that resonate with a large cross-section of readers.
Eric Lovik, Director of Institutional Research, Reporting, and Assessment at Radford University.
Cinnamon Danube, Principal Analyst, Institutional Research and Decision Support, University of California, Merced, shared some strategies for communicating with stakeholders about survey data.
Rachel Boon, Academic Program Manager at the Iowa Board of Regents, shared advice on how IR professionals can share data with students in a way that informs their decision making.
Liana Crisan-Vandeborne, Resource Planning Analyst, The Ohio State University, shared some suggestions on how to use project management strategies to organize and respond to publishers' surveys.
Kevork Horissian, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research & Assessment, Bucknell University, offered some advice on meeting increasing demand for data transparency and accountability with limited staff.
Dale Amburgey, Assistant Director, Institutional Research, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, shared advice on developing dashboards and which metrics to use.
Patricia L. Gregg, Associate Director of Assessment, Georgia State University, offered advice on direct measurs of student learning outside the classroom.
Garry Hansen, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, St. Thomas University, shared advice on implementing a Data Governance framework.
Leslie Wasson, Director of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning, Phillips Graduate University, shared information about big data versus small data, and using the data to make good decisions.
Gary Lowe, Principal Analyst, Institutional Planning & Analysis, University of California-Merced, shared some advice on staying up-to-date with professional and technical skills.
Craig This, Interim Director of Institutional Research for Wright State University-Main Campus, shared suggestions on effective approaches for presenting data.
Meg Sidle, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, University of Pikeville, offered advice for IR professionals involved in leading campus-wide committees.
Hannah Spirrison, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Jim Woehrle, Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research, and Planning and Chair of the IRB, both from Antioch College, offered suggestions on how to start an Institutional Reveiw Board (IRB).
Kristina Powers, Associate Vice President of Institutional Research Services at Bridgepoint Education, offered advice on how to be a scholar-practitioner while pursuing a career in IR.
Julie Atwood, Associate Vice President of Specialty Accreditation, American Public University System, shared suggestions on how to look prepared and knowledgeable to your provost or president.
Jennifer Dunseath, Director of Institutional Research, Rhode Island School of Design, offered some advice about using IPEDS data to help direct institutional success.
Terra Schehr, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Loyola University Maryland, offered suggestions on communicating details about metrics used in reports.
Nicholas A. Bowman, who will become Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa in fall 2015, shared advice on how to get published.
Jessica Shedd, Assistant Director for Strategic Initiatives, University of Texas System, offered advice on how to contribute to different lines of discourse.
Eric Lovik, Director of Institutional Research, Reporting, and Assessment at Radford University in Virginia, shared suggestions for the must-haves in an IR practitioner's toolkit.
Lindsey R. Guinn, Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, offered her suggestions for how to effectively communicate with data users outside of the IR office.
Claire Goverts, Assistant Director for Research, Analysis, and Planning at SUNY College at Brockport, shared advice on broadening understanding of institutional culture and developing better context for stakeholders’ needs and goals.
Jonathan D. Fife
, Visiting Professor in Higher Education at Virginia Tech and former series editor of the ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report Series, offered suggestions to add structure and speed to the self-education approach to becoming a skilled institutional researcher.
Robert Daly, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Retired), Strategic Academic Research and Analysis at the University of California, Riverside, presented a session entitled Six Stages of Growth for the IR Professional at the 2013 CAIR Conference and the 2014 AIR Forum. In this column, he addresses the roles of technical and communication skills for professional development and advancement in IR.
Camille Shepherd, Assessment Specialist in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Midwestern State University, shared her advice for navigating successful transitions to new workplace environments.
Sharron L. Ronco, Assessment Director at Marquette University and 2014-2016 Coordinating Editor of AIR Professional Files, shared her experience on writing for publication.
Erin Aselas, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Bastyr University and Vice President of the Pacific NW Association for Institutional Research and Planning (PNAIRP), wrote about maintaining work-life balance in the field of IR.
Kristina M. Cragg, Associate Vice President of Institutional Research at Ashford University, wrote about the art of leveraging negotiating skills in the IR environment.
Braden Hosch, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness at Stony Brook University, responded to a question about what you can do to be seen as a professional by senior leaders on and off campus.
, Director of Institutional Research at University of the Rockies, answered a question about exploring job opportunities for a career move.
Mary Ann Coughlin
, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College and AIR Past-President (2007-2008), responded to a question about building relationships and friendships with other offices on campus.