Staff

AJAudrey J. Jaeger Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Audrey J. Jaeger is the executive director of the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE). She is also a Professor of Higher Education and Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education at NC State. Dr. Jaeger's research examines relationships and experiences among faculty and students that illuminate issues of transition, access, climate, agency, and civic and community engagement. Additionally, her research explores how various aspects of the environment, from labor market conditions to institutional policies, affect faculty and students. Prior to NC State, Dr. Jaeger worked in higher education administration at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and Bucknell University (PA). She was also an adjunct professor at Baruch College (CUNY). Her professional experience includes both academic and student affairs positions. She received her Ph.D. from New York University.
Alyssa Head shotAlyssa Rockenbach, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator - National Religious Diversity Study

Alyssa N. Rockenbach is an associate professor of higher education at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on the impact of college on students, with particular attention to spiritual development, religious and worldview diversity in colleges and universities, campus climate, community service engagement, and gendered dimensions of the college student experience. Her current work includes a grant-funded initiative, “Cooperation in a Pluralistic World: A National Study of College Students’ Engagement with Religious Diversity,” in partnership with Interfaith Youth Core and Dr. Matt Mayhew at New York University. In addition, she is co-authoring with colleagues the third edition of How College Affects Students. Dr. Rockenbach earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of California, Los Angeles and her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach.
Crandall PictureRebecca (Becky) Crandall, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, IDEALS

Becky recently earned her Ph.D. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis with a specialization in Higher Education from North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on intercollegiate athletics, with particular attention directed toward student-athlete spirituality, development, and well-being. She also explores topics related to religion and spirituality in higher education, campus religious and worldview diversity, identity, and LGBTQ issues in higher education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and her Master of Divinity with a specialization in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
DSC_4588Alessandra Dinin, MA
Director of Research, PACE

Alessandra Dinin is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis, Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development, Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.
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Researcher and Team Lead, Reports, PACE

Greg is a doctoral student in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis, Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina State University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Western Illinois University, and his Master of Science degree in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University
Morin 2014Shauna M. Morin, M.Ed.
Researcher, IDEALS

Shauna Morin is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy and Human Development at NC State University. Her research explores religion, spirituality, and worldview diversity among college students, culture and institutional identity at sectarian colleges and universities, and community engagement practices in higher education. Morin earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s degree from Penn State University.
Matt Starcke, MS
Researcher, IDEALS

Matt Starcke is a doctoral candidate in the Educational Research and Policy Analysis, Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and English from Southern Oregon University, and a Master of Science degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University.
Mian Helen Wu_origMian (Helen) Wu, MA
Research Assistant, IDEALS

Mian (Helen) Wu is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development program at North Carolina State University. She received her master’s degree in East Asian Studies at Duke, and worked one year as staff assistant to the Director of International Research at the Duke School of Nursing. Prior to coming to the U.S., she studied four years in international journalism at Hong Kong Baptist University. She values creativity through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration, and is a music and dance lover.
Laura GarlandLaura A. Garland, M.Ed.
Researcher and Team Lead, Client Relations, PACE

Laura Garland is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, Higher Education program at North Carolina State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Muhlenberg College (PA) and her Master of Education degree in Counselor Education from Clemson University.
Jemilia S. Davis, M.Ed.
Researcher and Team Lead, Administration & Finance, PACE

Jemilia Davis is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development, Higher Education program at North Carolina State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Miami (FL) and her Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia.
Dominique Foster
Researcher, PACE

Dominique Foster is a master's student in the Higher Education Administration program at North Carolina State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University and worked at KPMG as a business strategy associate prior to pursuing his master's degree.