UNI names Director of Academic Assessment

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2005

Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost and vice president for academic affairs, (319) 273-2517
Beverly Kopper, UNI special assistant for academic affairs, (319) 273-2519
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Beverly Kopper, special assistant for academic affairs and professor of psychology at the University of Northern Iowa, has been appointed director of academic assessment, beginning with the 2005 fall semester.

Kopper will work closely with faculty, department heads, deans and other administrators, as well as the Office of Information Management and Analysis, to provide leadership for the planning and implementation of student outcomes assessment processes, program review and other procedures that support academic program improvement, student learning and accreditation.

'I am confident that Dr. Kopper will provide excellent leadership that will support the evaluation of learning outcomes, academic program improvement and institutional accreditation,' said Aaron Podolefsky, UNI provost.

Kopper, who has been a member of the UNI psychology faculty since 1988, will continue to teach part-time. She earned a B.A. degree in psychology from the State University of New York-Buffalo, an M.S.S.W. (master of science in social work) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Iowa State University.

She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate psychology courses, including introductory courses in psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology; psychology of personality; and, advanced psychopathology. She has worked as a school and clinical social worker, psychologist and lecturer.

In 1995, Kopper received the University Book & Supply Outstanding Teaching Award that honors non-tenured faculty for their contributions to teaching, as well as their scholarship and service.