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James Knecht

James R. Knecht,

Associate Director
  • Biography

    James 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

Ryan Chung,

Assistant Vice Provost for Accreditation, Assessment, and Testing
  • Biography

    Dr. Chung is the Assistant Vice Provost for Accreditation, Assessment, and Testing, overseeing both the assessment and testing units at the University Assessment and Testing (UAT) Office.  He facilitates the Academic Program Review (APR) processes and procedures and other Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) reporting tasks at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Chung serves as OSU’s Accreditation Liaison Office with Higher Learning Commission (HLC) as one of six regional accreditors in the United States.


    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). 


    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. 


    Dr. Chung has been actively involved with the Higher Learning Commission at institutional level since 2011 and has served as Peer Reviewer for HLC Peer Corps since 2019. In his spare time, Dr. Chung and his fur baby – Benny -- both volunteer for the Pet Therapy (P3) Program at OSU to support the Pete’s Pet Posse’s mission. Among his other accomplishments, Dr. Chung has published a book in Taiwan: The Truth Be Told: Across Time and Space – The Wisdom of Lao Zi (2014).        

Kelva Hunger

Kelva Hunger,

Associate Director, Assessment and Analysis
  • Biography

         Dr. Kelva Hunger is the Associate Director of Assessment and Analysis at Oklahoma State University and Adjunct Professor. She currently teaches REMS 5013: Research Design and Methodology. Dr. Hunger began working at University Assessment and Testing as Assistant Director of Assessment and Analysis in Fall 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 where she attended on a volleyball scholarship.

         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.

         Outside of work, Dr. Hunger has been volunteering for Stillwater Mobile Meals for over 15 years. She still plays volleyball any chance she can, and currently serves as the OSU Club Volleyball Advisor.


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