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Meet the Evaluation Specialist for Strategic Initiatives

Amanda Assalone is the Evaluation Specialist for Strategic Initiatives in the Division of Diversity and Engagement. Her role supports the process of measuring the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts by creating resources for communicating best practices for implementing assessment and gathering data, generating evaluation reports, and communicating recommendations to stakeholders both internal and external to the university.

Assalone is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Higher Education Administration program in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences (CEHHS), and prior to joining DDE, she served as the Research Manager for the Postsecondary Research Center (PERC) in CEHHS.

Assalone’s scholarly work centers around higher education research and policy initiatives that aim to address postsecondary access and equity barriers for low-income students and students of color. She has publications that report on effective leadership practices and developmental education initiatives at Minority-Serving Institutions, as well as college affordability, race, equity, and outcomes-based funding in higher education. She is passionate about collaborating with other scholars on research and community engagement efforts to inform about the history of Asian immigration, the complexities of Asian/American identities, and Asian American civil rights activism and advocacy.

Assalone received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a 150-year-old civil rights organization that uses collaboration, advocacy, and research to advance equity and excellence in education. She completed a B.A. in Communications and an M.A. in Education and Counseling at The University of Tulsa.