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University Assessment Team

Ensuring Best Practices

University Assessment Team members collaborate with one another and with faculty members from the various Colleges and the School of Law to share best practices and to promote a culture of assessment around campus. Our goals include providing resources for individuals, departments and programs who have assessment or accreditation questions and facilitating communication related to data collection, evidence-based assessment, effective data-based decision making, and professional development opportunities in assessment. Ultimately, through various campus-wide assessment endeavors, we strive to see improvement in student learning and success.

Team Members

Josephine Rodriguez

Josephine Rodriguez

Josephine Rodriguez is the Director of Assessment for Western New England University. In this role, she coordinates strategic assessment programs, projects, and activities campus wide. Josephine is the Accreditation Liaison Officer for Western New England University with our regional accreditor, New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of NEASC. She has been involved in institutional assessment and accreditation endeavors since 2008, including serving on the steering committee for the University’s 2012 NEASC accreditation self-study, the 2017 NEASC interim report, and as co-chair for the 2022 NECHE self-study. She has presented at regional and national conferences on topics such as general education assessment, measuring interrater reliability, program assessment, and assessing co-curricular learning outcomes. Additionally, Josephine is a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics.

M.S. in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

B.S. in Mathematics & Biology, Providence College

Erin Buzuvis

Erin Buzuvis

Erin Buzuvis is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the Law School. She has served as a member of both the Curriculum Committee and the Academic Success Committee, and she was responsible for demonstrating compliance with the standards governing the program of legal education for the Law School’s recent reaccreditation effort with the American Bar Association (ABA). Dean Buzuvis researches and writes about gender and discrimination in education and athletics, including such topics as Title IX's application to campus disciplinary proceedings for sexual assault, Title IX and college athletics reform, LGBTQ inclusion in high school and college athletics, and retaliation and related discrimination against female college coaches. Dean Buzuvis teaches courses at the law school on administrative law, employment discrimination, Title IX, torts, property, and has co-directed our comparative gender law course in Israel. She has been quoted in stories about Title IX in such media outlets as the New York Times, NPR, Sports Illustrated, Inside Higher Ed, and in many other national and local publications and broadcasts.

J.D. from Cornell Law School

B.S from University of New Hampshire

Lisa Hansen

Lisa Hansen

Lisa Hansen is a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Associate Director of Assessment at Western New England University. Since 2013, she has coordinated the assessment of general education for the institution. She has presented at regional and national assessment conferences, and her current assessment interests include inter-rater reliability, assignment design, assessing general education, and fostering a culture of assessment.

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Western Michigan University

M.S. in Mathematics, Michigan State University

B.S. in Mathematics, Western Michigan University

May Lo

May Lo

May Lo is a Professor of Accounting and the AACSB Coordinator for the College of Business. May coordinates the College of Business’ assessment endeavors for accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. She also chairs the ad hoc Assurance of Learning Innovation Committee in the College of Business.

Ph.D. in Accounting, Drexel University

M.S. in Accounting, University of Massachusetts

M.Com. in Commerce, National Cheng-Chi University, Tapei, Taiwan

Neeraj Magotra

Neeraj Magotra

Neeraj Magotra is Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering. Prior to coming to WNE, Dr. Magotra’s career included a joint appointment at the University of New Mexico and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as a position at Texas Instruments. He has also been involved in several start-ups and currently is the CTO at Acoustic Acuity Inc. While at Western New England, he has successfully managed two cycles of ABET approval for the Electrical Engineering Program and lead the effort to launch an ABET accredited Computer Engineering Program in 2017. Dr. Magotra has authored/co-authored over a hundred technical articles, including journal papers, conference papers and technical reports, and supervised 39 PhD/MS dissertations/theses.

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of New Mexico

M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Kansas State University

B.Tech in Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay, India)

Kimberly Pesaturo

Kimberly Pesaturo

Kimberly Pesaturo is the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice. She completed two post-graduate pharmacy residencies, first at Saint Joseph Health in Lexington, KY, and then at UK HealthCare in Lexington, KY, specializing in pediatrics, and is credentialed as a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. Dr. Pesaturo previously held a faculty appointment with MCPHS University’s College of Pharmacy, an adjunct appointment with MCPHS University’s School of Professional Studies, and an adjunct appointment with the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts. Since joining Western New England University, she was involved with the steering team for the College of Pharmacy’s 2021 Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) self-study, has continued her research in learner-centered assessment, and was a speaker in WNE’s inaugural TEDx Conference.

Pharm.D., University of Rhode Island

Contact Information

Josephine Rodriguez
Director of Assessment

 

Lisa Hansen
Associate Director of Assessment

 

413-782-1692
413-782-1763
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