Institutional research director search has begun

A national search is underway for a director of the office of institutional research. The university hired Academic Career and Executive Search (ACES), Hartford, Connecticut, to lead the search, including recruiting candidates and receiving nominations and applications.

A search committee, chaired by associate vice president for research Surya Mallapragada, will review applications, complete preliminary screenings and bring a small group of finalists to campus for interviews.

The application deadline for guaranteed consideration is Jan. 1, 2019. Campus interviews are targeted for late January/early February with the goal of having the next director on board by late spring.

Nominations may be sent to managing partner Jennifer Muller at ACES.

Joining Mallapragada on the search committee are:

  • Kyle Briese, College of Human Sciences administration
  • Kevin DeRoos, IT services' university information systems
  • Julie Labianca, office of institutional research
  • Mark Simpson, office of the registrar
  • Karen Zunkel, office of the senior vice president and provost

The office of institutional research (IR) is part of the academic affairs division, and its director reports to associate provost Dawn Bratsch-Prince. Kathy Jones, retired associate vice president for student affairs and registrar, has been serving as interim director since Nov. 14. In addition, Joshua Mitchell, a project manager in the School of Education's Research Institute for Studies in Education, is working three-fourths time in IR data analysis to help with the workload until the new director arrives.

Former IR director Gebre Tesfagiorgis retired in June 2016. Associate director Sandy Gahn, who had been serving as interim director, retired from Iowa State last month.