Sherrill Morris named acting associate vice provost for academic outcomes assessment

Sherrill Morris
Sherrill Morris

Sherrill Morris, associate professor in the NIU School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, has been selected to serve as the acting associate vice provost for academic outcomes assessment.

Morris will provide leadership for the office of assessment services during a one-year appointment while a search for a permanent associate vice provost for academic outcomes assessment is under way.

Her responsibilities include coordinating assessment initiatives within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, overseeing NIU’s participation in the Voluntary System of Accountability and coordinating NIU’s annual Assessment Expo.

Carolinda Douglass, vice provost for academic planning and development, said Morris has the skill-set needed to succeed in her temporary position.

“She has served on the University Assessment Panel and as the liaison to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association where she serves as a site visitor,” Douglass said. “We are pleased to have her on board.”

Morris holds a bachelor’s degree in speech-language-hearing, a master’s degree in speech-language pathology and a Ph.D. in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas.

“This is a very exciting time to be in the Office of Assessment Services as we move toward our 2014 accreditation site visit by the Higher Learning Commission,” Morris said.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with programs as they collect assessment data that improves student learning outcomes. Every program is different, and it is important for each to obtain information that is meaningful to them and their students,” she added. “I look forward to interacting with individuals from all colleges and departments on campus.”

Morris fills the role that was vacated by Douglass, who assumed the position of vice provost for academic planning and development. A permanent associate vice provost for academic outcomes assessment is expected to begin in the spring of 2013.

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