James R. Knecht,
- BiographyJames R. Knecht joined the UAT staff in November 2014. Previously, he worked at OSU as the Learning Center Coordinator for Academic Services for Student-Athletes where he oversaw the tutoring program for OSU student-athletes. He earned a Master of Science in Telecommunications Management from OSU in 2015, a Master of Business Administration from OSU in 2013, and a Master of Arts in English from Texas Tech University in 2003.
Ryan Chung, Director
- BiographyDr. Chung is the Director of University Assessment and Testing at Oklahoma State University. He completed a BA in Business Administration at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) in Spring 2001. In June 2004, he arrived in Springfield, Massachusetts as an international student at Springfield College, where he earned a master’s degree in 2007 and a Ph.D. in 2011 in Teaching and Administration. He worked as the Coordinator of Institutional Research at Rockford University in Rockford, Illinois and later as Assistant Director in the Office of Academic Assessment at the University of Oklahoma (OU). While at OU he also taught a general education course, “Personal Health,” in the Department of Health and Exercise Science. At Oklahoma State University, Dr. Chung teaches “Statistical Methods in Education” and “Research Design and Methodology” in the Department of Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS). Dr. Chung’s research fields include but are not limited to: global aspects within higher education in the US; quantitative and qualitative research methods and survey design; student learning outcomes assessment; and general education assessment. Among his accomplishments, Dr. Chung has published a book in Taiwan: The Truth Be Told: Across Time and Space – The Wisdom of Lao Zi (2014).In May 2019, Dr. Ryan Chung, Director of University Assessment and Testing, presented sessions and workshops to the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, the Taiwan Association for Institutional Research (TAIR), National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, the Kaohsiung Medical University, and National Sun Yat-Sen University. Sessions collaboratively presented with Dr. Frederick Burrack from Kansas State University included: “Cultivating a culture of assessment”; “The value of student learning assessment and criteria used in accreditation in the U.S.”; “Curriculum mapping”; “Measures to assess student learning”; “How the brain constructs learning”; “Creating learning outcomes in courses that align across a program”; “Integrating student learning assessment and institutional research to support institutional functions: Examples from the United States.” A total of 15 sessions/workshops were presented.
Assistant Director of Assessment and Analysis
- BiographyDr. Kelva Hunger began working as Assistant Director of Assessment and Analysis in September 2017. She earned her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (REMS) in 2019 and 2013, respectively. During graduate school, Dr. Hunger taught courses for the REMS program, “Statistical Methods in Education” and “Research Design and Methodology,” while working in the Center for Educational Research and Evaluation (CERE). Prior to graduate school, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri in 2008.
Dr. Hunger’s dissertation is titled, “Program evaluator burnout: Investigating the psychometric properties of the Modified Maslach Burnout Inventory for Program Evaluators (MBI-PE) and characteristics of affecting burnout among program evaluators.” Her research interests broadly include program evaluation, measurement and factor analysis, survey design, and qualitative and quantitative research methods.