IEA Team

Gerald Edmonds, Ph.D.
Senior Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs

Dr. Edmonds is Senior Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and leads University initiatives on institutional effectiveness and assessment. Jerry was director of SU Project Advance (SUPA) from 2002 through 2014. He remains connected to SUPA, serving as Executive Director and continuing to administer the College Learning Strategies,  and Economics courses. Jerry is also the founding president (in 2002) of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), the governing body for concurrent enrollment programs across the country. He served a second term as president from 2004 to 2006, and he was chair of the Accreditation Committee on the NACEP Board of Directors from 2006 to 2008.

Jerry began his teaching career in 1989 at the University of Windsor teaching two courses in organizational communication. He has also taught instructional design at Ithaca College. At Syracuse University, Jerry teaches IDE 651 Message Design and Digital Media and IDE 632 Instructional Development II, both in the School of Education and MAR 356 Marketing Research and MAR 400/600 Digital Marketing both in the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Jerry received his BA (Hons) in English and Communication Studies from York University, MA in Communication Studies from the University of Windsor, MBA in Management from Syracuse University, and PhD in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University. He also completed the intensive, highly selective Harvard Institute for Higher Education Management Development Program (MDP).


Laura Harrington
Associate Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

Laura is an associate director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment. She collaborates with faculty and staff to develop and implement campus assessment efforts to enhance learning and the student experience. This includes all aspects of the assessment process from articulating goals, outcomes, and/or objectives to collecting evidence and using results to inform decision-making. Laura is also focused on building professional development and recognition opportunities and reconceptualizing the University’s course feedback framework to increase engagement in the assessment process. Laura started at Syracuse University in 1996 in the Center for Instructional Development (CID), which later became the Center for Support of Teaching and Learning (CSTL) and then the Office of Institutional Research (OIR). She joined Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment in summer 2017.

Laura received her BA in History from Allegheny College and MS in Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation from Syracuse University.


Amanda Johnson Sanguiliano
Associate Director for Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

Amanda strives to cultivate and assess student learning at Syracuse University through her work in Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (IEA). Amanda’s experience designing and implementing leadership, orientation, and engaged learning curricula enables her to consult faculty and staff across campus on student learning outcomes. Amanda’s passion for research has given her the opportunity to lead several research teams and present findings at national conferences such as ACPA and Campus Compact. Amanda’s research interests include college access, social justice, high-impact practices, and the role experiential learning plays in developing engaged citizens. Amanda started at Syracuse University in 2014 at the Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public and Community Service and joined IEA in the summer of 2017.

Amanda received her BA in English and BA in Women’s Studies from West Chester University and MS in Higher Education from Syracuse University. Amanda is a current doctoral student in Syracuse University’s Higher Education program.


Melissa Lowry
Assistant Director

Melissa is the assistant director for the group. Her current responsibilities are focused on University-wide assessment, Middle States accreditation, strategic planning, program review, faculty portfolios, first-year seminar initiatives.  Melissa started at Syracuse University in 2011.

Melissa received her BS in Information Management and Technology from Syracuse University.  She also is a certified Project Management Professional.


Fresenai Afeworki
Assessment Associate

As a member of the IEA Assessment Working Team, he evaluates the university assessment framework, analyses how faculty and staff are engaged in assessment activities so as to develop meaningful support and recognition opportunities for faculty and staff. In the area of shared competency, he is participating in mapping program-level student learning outcomes established for each undergraduate major and stand-alone minor to the University’s six competencies, facilitate evidence collection for the assessment pilot, and participate in benchmarking activities. Fresenai joined the IEA in 2018, as a research and assessment intern where he worked on updating and developing several assessment resources.

Fresenai received his BA in Educational Psychology from Eritrea Institute of Technology in Eritrea and MS in Educational Leadership and CAS in Instructional Design Foundations from Syracuse University.


Patrick Schnobrich
Functional Business Analyst

Patrick joined the Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment team in early 2019 and aims to leverage his experience in change management to drive new platforms for the course feedback and exam scoring processes within Syracuse University. Prior to joining the team, Patrick managed registration and enrollment initiatives for a military teletraining system contracted with a local Syracuse company. Patrick also has experience working for local broadcast companies which has helped develop his love for impactful storytelling. Patrick places emphasis on effective communication and resources by merging creative thought and design with a clear and concise presentation.

Patrick received his AAS in Electronic Media Communications from Onondaga Community College and is on track to complete his BA in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.


Trish Simmons
Administrative Specialist

Trish is the administrative specialist in Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, directly supporting Senior Assistant Provost Jerry Edmonds. She has thorough knowledge of office and project management, event planning, calendar scheduling and coordination, travel arrangements, faculty/staff connections, and purchasing for the department. Trish is a longstanding member of the Syracuse University community, becoming the office coordinator for the Slutzker Center for International Services at Syracuse in 2014. She moved into the role of Project Coordinator for Newhouse’s Undergraduate Advising and Records unit in 2016, before her transition in fall 2018 to the department of Academic Affairs.

Trish received her BA in Art History from Syracuse University.