Institutional Research Staff
Jason Nicholas, Assistant Provost and Director of Institutional Research and Analysis
Jason received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and his Master’s in Applied Psychology with a focus on program evaluation and industrial/organizational psychology from UW-Stout. He formerly worked in Wisconsin for Cooperative Education Services Agency 10 in Chippewa Falls, and also at the Applied Research Center, a branch of the Institutional Research office at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is currently the director of the Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) Office at Northern Michigan University overseeing traditional IR duties including state and federal reporting, data analytics, enrollment forecasting, student success analytics support, as well as overseeing university accreditation and assessment support efforts.
Office: 410D Cohodas Hall
Katie Schoonveld, Associate Director for Institutional Research
Katie received her Bachelor’s in Business Computer Information Systems and her Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis in Public Management from NMU. She formerly worked at Michigan Technological University in the Institutional Analysis office and has been in the IRPA office for 10 years. Overall, she has sixteen years work experience in Institutional Research.
Office: 410B Cohodas Hall
Daniel Cullen, Associate Director for Accreditation and Assessment
Dr. Cullen has been with Northern Michigan University since June 2018. His duties include managing institutional processes related to maintenance of institutional accreditation and assessment of student learning.
Previously, Dan served as Deputy Director at the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Duties included leadership of Academic Affairs developing and implementing academic policies and implementing the legal mandate to regulate postsecondary education for Illinois’ higher education coordinating board. He has served on the faculty of a variety of institutions, including Ithaca College, Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and University of Colorado-Denver; Moscow, Russia, campus.
Dan completed his bachelor’s in Ecology, Ethology, & Evolution at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his master’s in Communication, with a minor in Education, at Cornell University, and his doctorate in Educational Organization and Leadership, with a concentration in Higher Education Administration, at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Office: 410A Cohodas Hall
Lu Zhang, Educational Analytics Specialist
Lu received her Master's degree in Learning and Developmental Sciences with a focus on Inquiry Methodology from Indian University-Bloomington (IUB). She worked as a data analyst at the P-16 Research and Collaboration Center at IUB for five years where she was involved in projects on analyzing large-scale datasets. She joined the IRPA team as an Analytics Specialist in June of 2020. Her duties include managing and leveraging NMU's analytics platform and tools to maximize analytics capabilities; ensuring the availability of data assets, software, tools, services, and procedures to support data needs across many areas of University operations; and supporting the institution's innovative use of data as a strategic asset.
Office: 410C Cohodas Hall
Vacant, Data Analyst I
Job posting coming soon.
Office: 410E Cohodas Hall
Institutional Research Student Staff
Joanne Sved, Graduate Assistant