Office Staff

Institutional Research Staff


Jason Nicholas, 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 coordinating university accreditation efforts.

Office: 410A Cohodas Hall
Phone: (906) 227-2379



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
Phone: (906) 227-2675


Paul Peterson, Data Analyst

Paul joined the Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment Office in 2017. As a member of the Institutional Research team, Paul collaborates on a number of research projects designed to promote student success. He has been instrumental in supporting some of IR’s new research initiatives and has gained experience with survey design, data collection, data validation, reporting, data visualization, and data analyses on campus. Paul is also interested in using parametric and nonparametric regression modeling to improve student success.

A sociologist and San Diego native, Paul earned his B.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside. He and his wife, Julie, live in Ishpeming with their two children, Jackson and Charlie.

Office: 410C Cohodas Hall
Phone: (906) 227-2670


Daniel Cullen, Associate Director for Accreditation and Assessment

Dr. Cullen has been the Northern Michigan University Accreditation Coordinator since June 2018. His duties include managing institutional processes related to maintenance of accreditation as Northern transitions from the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program to the Open Pathway.

Previously, Dr. Cullen 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. Previous positions include Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Visiting Project Coordinator at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership, and Coordinator of the Illinois Course Applicability System Project.  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.

Dr. Cullen 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: 410D Cohodas Hall
Phone: (906) 227-2378



Institutional Research Student Staff

Juan Mendoza, Graduate Assistant

Ashley Bertucci, Institutional Research Undergraduate Assistant 

Joanne Sved , Institutional Research Undergraduate Assistant