Institutional Research Staff
|Karen Zunkel||Executive Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||515-294-8539|
|Amanda DeGraff||Associate Directoremail@example.com||515-294-8546|
|Nadine Dobbe||Data Analyst IIfirstname.lastname@example.org||515-294-2369|
|Sarah Bickelhaupt||Data Analyst IIemail@example.com||515-294-8872|
|Susan Ray||Data Visualization Analystfirstname.lastname@example.org||515-294-1182|
|Jesse Foster||Data Analyst IIemail@example.com||515-294-9490|
|Chris Andringa||Administrative Assistant IIfirstname.lastname@example.org||515-294-1181|
Staff biographies are below.
Dr. Karen Zunkel - Executive Director
Karen joined the Office of Institutional Research in 2019 as the Executive Director. She has served Iowa State in a range of functional roles since 1991, including serving as an instructor in the College of Engineering before moving into administration. She served as manager of undergraduate student services for the College of Engineering (1997-2002) before leading the Program for Women in Science and Engineering (2002-13). In 2004, she added a part-time appointment as director of undergraduate programs to her duties. Karen served as the director of undergraduate education and academic quality, leading efforts in student outcomes assessment and accreditation in the provost's office (2013-2019).
As the Executive Director, Karen provides leadership, management, and expertise related to institutional research, analysis, data infrastructure, data governance, compliance, and reporting.
Karen earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in industrial engineering from Iowa State and the University of Oklahoma, respectively, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Iowa State.
Dr. Amanda DeGraff - Associate Director
Amanda joined the Office of Institutional Research in August of 2013 as a Senior Research Analyst. She is responsible for large scale surveys (NSSE and Campus Climate), IPEDS, and student data. Amanda works closely with our IT partners to ensure that campus data reporting needs can be met through our various data platforms (Workday and EData).
Amanda earned a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Florida State University in 2005. She was previously a Research Associate at the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Education Sciences and the Senior Evaluator for the Office of the Provost at the University of Texas at El Paso.
Nadine Dobbe - Data Analyst II
Nadine Dobbe joined the Office of Institutional Research in 1995 and has served as a Research Analyst for the department since 2004. Nadine specializes in course data, including student credit hour and instruction by faculty reporting. She also produces tuition and fee reports for the Board of Regents. Nadine coordinates ISU Fact Book production and publication on the IR web site, maintains the University’s Consumer Information Disclosure web site, and works with College Portrait/Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) and Student Achievement Measure (SAM). Nadine serves on the AAU Data Exchange (AAUDE) Analytics Reporting Team, prepares data submissions for AAUDE and is caretaker for the AAUDE “IPEDS Fall Enrollment” data exchange item.
Nadine earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from William Penn University in 2001 and has worked in various positions at ISU since 1986. Prior to her work at ISU she taught continuing education courses in microcomputer basics, word processing, database management, and spreadsheets.
Dr. Sarah Bickelhaupt - Data Analyst II
Sarah joined the Office of Institutional Research (IR) in February of 2017 and serves as a Research Analyst for the department. Her primary responsibilities include: completing surveys regarding university-wide statistics for entities such as U.S. News & World Report and Times Higher Education; synthesizing data and reports at the department, college, and university level; assisting in the preparation of the ISU’s Fact Book and other IR publications; and providing data analyses for decision-making purposes to the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the ISU community.
Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services and her Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University. In previous work, her research experience centered on both qualitative and quantitative methods which also included survey construction and measure development.
Susan Ray - Data Visualization Analyst
As a Data Visualization Analyst, Susan focuses on creating clear 'data stories' to help inform decisions.
Susan earned her BA and MBA from the University of Iowa. She is also proud of her recently acquired Masters in Business Analytics from the University of Iowa's College of Business. Before coming to ISU, Susan worked for Pearson, the global education company, as an HR Analytics Specialist focused on their staff training.
Susan joined IR in the spring of 2020.
Jesse Foster - Data Analyst II
Jesse joined IR in July 2022 as a Data Analyst.
Chris Andringa - Administrative Assistant II
Chris joined IR in March 2020. His responsibilities include coordination of the ISU Fact Book and Common Data Set (CDS), external survey responses, and other organizational duties. He previously served as an Election Administrator in Story County. In his free time, he is a member of the official game day statistics crew for ISU Athletics, covering football, men's and women's basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and other sports as assigned.