Research Expert With 20 Years Experience Joins Four-Year Baccalaureate University
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Vanessa Tinsley, Ph.D., has been named its new director of institutional research. In this position, Dr. Tinsley will administer student assessments, both on the national and local level, to assist in the evaluation of academic progress. Through analysis of both academia and public opinion, Tinsley will use campus research collected for overall university improvements. With 20 years of professional industry experience, Tinsley assumes her new position after serving as data analyst for the university, where she analyzed student data regarding test scores and student persistence and retention. Her prior experience includes serving as a research assistant in a Citicorp Behavioral Science Research Council Grant for Duke University in Durham, N.C., and two studies for Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and as field director for the National Institute of Aging Merit Award Grant at Case Western Reserve. Tinsley earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from Case Western Reserve and her Ph.D. in sociology from Duke. She resides in Chapel Hill, N.C.
"Research is an important element we use to improve our curriculum and educational standards at William Peace University," said Dr. Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "With her extensive and impressive background in sociology and practical application of behavioral science, Dr. Vanessa Tinsley will be an invaluable member of our efforts to collect and review data that is crucial if the university is to continue making progress in its academic excellence."
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.
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