Blase Masini, Ph.D.
Blase
E.
Masini
PhD
Executive Director
Institutional Research and Assessment
Expertise
Dr. Masini has accrued 15 years of experience as a social scientist, ranging from K-12 education research, market research, and health research and administration.
Education

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 1998
M.A., Developmental Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, 1996
M.S., Community Development, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1991
B.S., Fine Arts, Illinois State University, 1982

Background

Dr. Masini joined the IR team January, 2009. He earned his doctorate in developmental psychology at Loyola University Chicago and has accrued 15 years of experience as a social scientist, ranging from K-12 education research, market research, and health research and administration. At NEIU he oversees the reporting and surveying operations, works with administrators and faculty to develop procedures to evaluate institutional effectiveness, and collaborates with the faculty assessment specialist on program level assessment of student learning.

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M-F; 9:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m.
Hoa Khuong
Hoa
Khuong
Ph.D
Associate Director
Institutional Research and Assessment
Expertise
IPEDS reporting, student retention, unit cost study.
Education

Doctor of Philosophy, Research and Methodology, Loyola University, 2014
Master of Science in Computer Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2004
Master of Business Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999
Bachelor of Arts in Russian, Hanoi Foreign Languages Teachers’ College, 1991

Background

Dr. Khuong brings to the field of institutional research a keen interest in institutional process improvement and a focus on delivering effective solutions for decision-making needs. Her work experience includes banking, finance, business consulting, web development, healthcare technology research, and institutional research. Prior to joining NEIU, she worked at City Colleges of Chicago as Senior Research Associate in the Office of Research and Evaluation. Hoa earned her Ph.D. in Research Methodology at Loyola University Chicago's School of Education.

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
CHICAGO, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Edward E. Schaefer
Edward
E
Schaefer
Senior University Analytics Developer
Institutional Research and Assessment
Expertise
OS/Servers: Windows95/98/ME/2000/XP, Windows NT4.0/2000/2003, Internet Information Server 3.0, 4.0, 5.0 Database Servers: SQL Server 7.0/2000/2005/2008 (including SSIS, SSAS, and SSRS), Oracle 9i/10g/11g Software: Informatica PowerCenter 7, Cognos DataManager 8.3/8.4.1, Tableau, SPSS, SAS, MS SharePoint Services, Information Builders (WebFOCUS, InfoAssist, Visual Discovery, Report Manager, Report Caster), MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), FoxPro, MS Visio, Crystal Reports, Qualtrics, Erwin Programming: SQL, T-SQL, PL/
Education

Masters of Information Systems (Data Warehousing/Mining), DePaul University (June, 2009)
Bachelors of Science, Psychology, Loyola University Chicago (June, 1996)

Background

Ed Schaefer joined the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment as ODS/EDW Functional Administrator in February 2013, bringing with him 16 years in higher education and 7 years developing data warehouse and business intelligence solutions and developing common data standards. Ed has worked with numerous divisions within higher education including admissions, financial aid, enrollment management, research, human resources, alumni relations, and student finances. Ed applies this knowledge to build-out the ODS and EDW at NEIU to empower users in IR and throughout the university to meet their analytic and reporting needs. Ed holds a Masters in Information Systems from DePaul University.

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M-F, 8:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Ruth (Breckie)
B.
Church
Director, NuStars MARC trainee program, NIH
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone
(773) 442-5837
Expertise
Gesture, cognition and learning
Courses Taught
Senior seminar: Special topics
Gesture
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
History of psychology
General Psychology
Child Development Research Lab
Research Interests
The role of gesture production and comprehension in language, thinking, learning and communication
Education

PhD The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

BA Coe College, Cedar rapids, IA

Selected Publications

Church, R.B. (2012). 

                     It’s Not Just about Drawing and Language …It’s Really about Reconceptualizing the Roles of Nature and Nurture: Commentary on Cohn. Human Development: 199–204.

Alibali, M.A., Nathan, M.J., Wolfgram, M.S., Kim, S., Church, R. B. and Knuth, E.(2013).

                     Teachers’ gesture and speech in early algebra lessons: Forging common ground and resolving trouble spots.  ZDM Journal of Education: Special Issue on "Classroom-based interventions in mathematics education.”

Alibali, M.W., Nathan, M.J., Wolfgram, M.S., Church, R.B., Jacobs, S.A., Johnson, C.V.,Knuth, E.J. (2013). 

                      How Teachers Link Representations in Mathematics Instruction Using Speech and Gesture: A Corpus Analysis. Cognition and Instruction.

Church, R.B., Kelly, S.D. and Holcomb, D. (2013). 

                       Temporal Synchrony between Speech, Action and Gesture during Language Production. Language and Cognitive Processes.

Alibali, M.W., Young, A.G., Crooks, N., Yeo, A., Wolfgram, M.S., Nathan, M., Church,R.B., Knuth, E. (2013). 

                        Students Learn More when their Teacher has Learned to Gesture Effectively. Gesture.

Carlson, C., Church, R.B., Perry, M. and Jacobs, S. (2014). 

                        The Effect of  Gestured Instruction on the Learning of Physical Causality Problems. Submitted to Gesture.

Alibali, M., Church, R.B., Kita, S. and Hotstetter, A. (In Press).

                        Embodied  Knowledge in the development of conservation of quantity: Evidence from gesture. Chapter to appear in International Perspectives on Mathematics  Education – Cognition, Equity &Society, Information Age Press

Church, R.B., Kelly, S.D., Wakefield, E. (In Press).

                       Measuring gesture. APA Handbook of Nonverbal Communication. Matsumoto, D. Hwang, H.C., and Frank, M.G. (Eds). APA Press. 

Background

Teaching. Dr. Church has been teaching courses every semester in child and adolescent development, childhood psychopathology, research methods in child development and senior seminars in child development.  Dr. Church has mentored many students during her time at Northeastern including non-traditional degree students and McNair scholars with as many as 60 matriculating to graduate programs. These students publish papers, present at national conferences and attend premier graduate schools. She spearheaded, organized and trained faculty to conduct the “Capstone Research Project” requirement for Psychology majors as a way to ensure that the practice of carrying out an above standard research project would be experienced by every Psychology major. This newly created activity has resulted in nearly 1/3 of Psychology majors in the past 2 years being accepted to premier graduate programs related to mental health.

Research program. Dr. Church has also maintained an active research program studying mechanisms of normal cognitive development. Her research has bearing on what types of factors can disrupt normal cognitive development. Dr. Church examines the role of non-verbal behavior as an index of cognitive transition and instability in mathematical and science understanding. In addition, her research examines the role of nonverbal communication as input that influences the child’s cognitive changes with respect to a variety of mathematical and science concepts across the life span. She has created a very healthy network with colleagues from the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, Carnegie Mellon, University of Illinois, to name a few, in the field of development and cognition that has resulted in a number of symposium presentations at national conferences such as Society for research in Child Development, Jean Piaget Society and Cognitive Development Society. She has published in a number of highly respected journals such as Child Development, Cognitive Development, Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Journal of Cognition and Instruction, Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education. Her primary focus has been to include undergraduate minority students in her research programs in an effort to promote their entrance into fields that have traditionally underrepresented minorities.

Administration. Dr. R.B. Church (Psychology) will serve as the Program Co-principal Investigator with Dr. David Rutschman (Mathematics) and Emina Stojkovitch (Biology).  Dr. Church is a faculty member at Northeastern Illinois University, which serves an extremely diverse student population comprised largely of minorities and first generation college students, and is a Hispanic Serving institution. She has been an active faculty member in the Department of Psychology since 1990. She received tenure and has been promoted to full professor. Dr. Church has demonstrated continued commitment to the development and implementation of programs that address the needs of underrepresented minorities throughout her academic career. She has been very active in a number of University committees that focused on academic curriculum, student life and University academic assessment. She is currently on the Non-traditional Degree advisory committee, the steering committee of the General Education task Force and on the advisory committee for the Student Center of Scientific Engagement. She also served as a faculty mentor for the Title I grant designed to address the academic needs of Hispanic students. In addition, she has been a PI for a CDC funded grant that implemented and examined the effects of high risk behavior interventions for children of one of the most impoverished housing projects in Chicago and a PI for a number of Spencer Foundation Small grants evaluating the effects of math instruction in middle school-aged children in both public and private schools in the city of Chicago. She has also conducted seminars in “The Development of Talent” at a largely minority public high school in Chicago as part of her commitment to begin reaching out to underrepresented youth early in their academic careers. For the past 6 years, she has been a Co-PI on two grants (IES and NSF) that examine the role of gesture in mathematics education. She is also a representative to the Illinois Partners for Diversity, a consortium of administrative leaders and distinguished faculty from six institutions of higher education in Illinois with the aim to enhance opportunities particularly for students of underrepresented backgrounds to enter graduate education in Illinois.

BBH 313 D
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Phone
(773) 442-5837
Office Hours
Variable by semester; appointment necessary
Main Campus
Curriculum Vitae
Devlin Hyna
Devlin
Hyna
Senior University Analytics Developer
Institutional Research and Assessment
Expertise
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence/Analytics, Data Modeling & ETL, Business Process Analysis, Programming (PL/SQL, Java, C++, shell scripting)
Education

M.S., Computer Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2010
M.A., Linguistics, Northeastern Illinois University, 2006
B.S., Computer Science, Northeastern Illinois University, 2000

Background

Devlin joined the NEIU community in the summer of 1998 as a transfer student to complete his undergraduate studies.  Since graduating in 2000 he has continued with his graduate studies, worked in various IT roles, and has been teaching part-time in the Computer Science department.  Currently Devlin is an MBA candidate and recently transferred from Technology Services to Institutional Research and Assessment to focus on building out the business intelligence and analytics capabilities available for the university community.

Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St.Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

Office Hours
M-F, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.