Kendra Thompson-Dyck, PhD, serves as Manager for the Office of Assessment & Research and is a Research Affiliate of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) at the University of Arizona. Her work supports institution-wide data collection and assessment to improve student experiences and outcomes.
Kendra's diverse portfolio includes applied and scholarly research funded by the National Science Foundation, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Department of Education. As a proud first-generation student, Kendra holds a MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Arizona and a BA in Communications from Seattle Pacific University.
Ned Tilbrook is Data Analyst in the Office of Assessment and Research and a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University, where he also received his Masters in 2020. His dissertation research uses nationally representative data to examine social reproduction in higher education, in particular the experiences of first-generation college students and qualitative stratification by college major with a focus on STEM. He has also researched college graduate underemployment using qualitative interviews and food access in Portland using GIS methods. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in Social Science Research and Sociology of Education.