Amanda R. Knerr, Ph.D., (she, her, hers) currently serves as the executive director, residential life at Indiana State University. Amanda Knerr received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wittenberg University; her master’s degree in student affairs administration in higher education from Ball State University; and her Ph.D. in higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University. Amanda has had the privilege of working at the University of Alaska Southeast; Penn State Erie, The Behrend College; and Penn State, University Park prior to coming to her current role at Indiana State University. Amanda’s research interests include curriculum development and instructional pedagogy, engaged scholarship, social entrepreneurship, and the development of professional identity. Knerr currently serves as the chair-elect for the ACUHO-I Professional Standards Committee. She has served in the past as the past-chair of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and invited faculty for the ACPA Student Affairs Assessment Institute and ACPA Residential Curriculum Institute. Knerr has also served as a faculty member for NHTI.
Ardell Sanders (he, him, his) has been the associate director of residential education at Indiana State University since 2016. Prior to that, he served as the assistant director of residential education at Indiana State University where he oversaw training, the social justice educator team, and the Multicultural Men Achieving Scholarship (MMAS) and the Multicultural Women Achieving Scholarship (MWAS) communities. Before coming to Indiana State University, Sanders was involved in positions related to the recruitment, retention, and development of students including serving as the associate director of the African American Male Initiative, a counselor and mentor program director for the EAGLE STAR Mentoring Program, and the director of the Men’s Achievement Center at North Carolina Central University. Sanders is currently a faculty member for ACPA’s Institute for a Curricular Approach. His research interests include social justice/equity, leadership development, and financial education.
Matthew Venaas is a research manager on the analytics & research team at Skyfactor (formerly EBI MAP-Works). In this capacity, he is responsible for building and delivering educational webinars, research notes, and reports related to analysis and findings from over 50 national benchmarking assessments. Matt is also responsible for developing, piloting, and maintaining new survey instruments. Matt is currently a directorate board member of ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and has served on faculty for ACPA’s Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He recently co-authored a chapter in Making a Difference: Improving Residence Life Assessment Practices on key decision points and concerns for selecting assessment methods. He regularly presents at annual conferences for ACPA, NASPA, and ACUHO-I on a range of topics related to best practices in assessment. He has a M.S.Ed. in adult and higher education and a B.A. in political science from Northern Illinois University.
Sherry Woosley, Ph.D., is the senior director of analytics and research at Skyfactor (formerly EBI MAP-Works). She drives the research and analytics for the Mapworks Student Success System as well as more than 40 Benchworks program assessments. Dr. Woosley, one of the original creators of Mapworks, spent more than 10 years working in the area of assessment at Ball State University, where she also founded a graduate level academic program in institutional research. She has published articles in the College Student Journal, The Journal of College Student Retention, The Journal of College Student Development, the NASPA Journal, and Assessment Update, and has delivered more than 100 presentations at national conferences. Nationally recognized for her work in assessment, college student transitions, and predictive analytics, she holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara.