Deborah R. Barnett, Ph.D. has served in Non-Traditional Student Services, a Student Affairs unit at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, since 2011. Her professional roles include more than 20 years experience in various sectors including higher education and elementary education along with a strong background in business. Dr. Barnett earned her doctoral degree in education in 2014 and holds a master's degree in education and bachelor's degree in business administration. She has been interested in and involved with assessment for more than a decade through various administrative roles. She is credited with nine publications including a 2015 NASPA Conference publication related to program assessment and evaluation.
Deborah, along with co-presenter Heather Brake, were the first administrative staff at SIU to be selected as Provost Assessment Fellows. This fellowship allowed them to work closely with SIU's Associate Provost for Academic Programs on their project to bridge the academic/co-curricular divide through the co-curricular résumé. This unique opportunity was the catalyst for what evolved into The SIU Advantage. Dr. Barnett also serves on SIU's Co-Curricular Assessment Committee (CCAC) and Campus-Wide Assessment Committee (CWAC) which includes a select group of faculty and staff committed to improving campus assessment of both classroom and out-of-classroom learning.
Heather M. Brake, M.A. has served in her role in Student Involvement, a Student Affairs unit at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, since 2014. She previously served as Area Coordinator in residence life at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO). Ms. Brake earned her master's degree in higher education/higher education administration in 2010 from SEMO and holds a bachelor's degree in recreation studies.
Ms. Brake currently oversees student involvement on SIU's Carbondale campus which includes over 400 registered student organizations. Her work related to the co-curricular résumé is a result of her joint Assessment Fellow project with Dr. Barnett which focuses on making advancements in how SIU recognizes co-curricular learning and how evidence of that learning might be conveyed in ways that provide institutional data and student documentation. In her current role, she works to not only create co-curricular learning opportunities, but to identify, demonstrate, and assess specific learning outcomes. Heather also serves on SIU's Co-Curricular Assessment Committee (CCAC) and Campus-Wide Assessment Committee (CWAC) which includes a select group of faculty and staff charged with improving campus assessment of both classroom and out-of-classroom learning.