IRA Staff Directory

Chingun Anderson
Research Analyst II, Assessment & Evaluation

Bio: Chingun joined Temple's IRA office as a Research Analyst II in 2020. Prior to working at Temple, Chingun worked as a Research Analyst at ...the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute where he produced statistical models to predict enrollment and allocate financial aid. He also conducted interviews and focus groups with out-of-state students. He received a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Essex, United Kingdom and a M.S. in International Public Policy from University College London, United Kingdom.

With Temple IRA, Chingun is responsible for research and reporting on the placement assessment process, test optional admissions, and course and teaching evaluations. Chingun has expertise in research design and methodology, statistical modeling, data analysis, R and STATA. He is passionate about applying quantitative methods and data analysis to improve students’ experiences and outcomes.

Merima Babic
Senior Research Analyst, Data Analysis & Reporting

Bio: Merima has been a member of Temple's IRA office in the Data Analysis and Reporting unit since 2014. Prior to assuming this role, Merima served as a Researcher... to former Temple president David Adamany in the Office of the Chancellor. She was responsible for identifying key data sources, designing and maintaining a longitudinal database, and providing qualitative research in support of a publication. Merima earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Political Science from Temple University and spent time studying abroad at Temple Rome.

Within IRA, Merima is responsible for the publication of the University Fact Book, At a Glance, Common Data Set, and Student Profiles, as well as compliance reporting to various federal and state agencies including IPEDS. She is responsible for University Graduation & Retention reporting, updating and maintaining our official degree database, Fly in Four reporting, producing the Academic Quality Indicators and the Campus Reports, as well as various ad hoc requests. She also focuses on building dashboards in Tableau and conducting workshops at professional conferences. Merima has technical expertise working with Banner INB, Tableau, Cognos Reporting, SQL Developer, SPSS, and QGIS.

Gina Calzaferri
Director, Assessment & Evaluation

Bio: Gina joined Temple IRA in 2013 and has held various positions within the office including Assistant Director and Manager.... Prior to Temple, Gina worked at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, where she also earned her doctorate in Higher Education Management.Gina is an active member and volunteer in various professional organizations including: Philadelphia Higher Education Assessment Leaders (PHEAL) and North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR), where she is the conference Sponsor Coordinator.

Within Temple IRA, Gina is responsible for providing leadership and management for a range of assessment and evaluation activities including institutional surveys, course evaluations, assessment of student learning, assessment of institutional effectiveness and placement assessment. She works closely with faculty, administrators and professional staff across the University to coordinate and sustain assessment planning at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels; and oversees the development of assessment resources to sustain a culture of assessment. Gina oversees the University's policy and processes for periodic program review, including budget management, selection of reviewers and report management. Additionally, Gina provides oversight for the University's placement assessment program, exam processing, and the University Testing Center. Gina has expertise around issues pertaining to college access, assessment of student learning and institutional effectiveness, accreditation, qualitative methods, and survey design.

Matthew Corbett
Research Analyst, Data Analysis & Reporting

Bio: Matt joined Temple’s IRA office in 2019. Prior to working at Temple, Matt worked as a Program Coordinator... in Student Activities and a Research Assistant in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Florida State University. He received a Master of Science degree in Higher Education from Florida State University in 2017 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University in 2013.

Within Temple IRA, Matt is responsible for completing external surveys, developing presentations and dashboards, and supporting campus partners through ad hoc requests for institutional data. Matt has experience in both qualitative and quantitative educational research as well as technical expertise in SQL Developer, STATA, Tableau, Power BI, Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Excel.

John DiFerdinando
Test Coordinator, Assessment & Evaluation 

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Andrew R Giachetti
Research Analyst, Data Analysis & Reporting

Bio: Andrew (they/them/he/him) joined the Institutional Research and Assessment team as a Research Analyst in 2020.... Prior to this, they have worked in numerous Universities for nearly a decade, including Drexel University and Seton Hall University, serving in a wide range of roles including advancement, a dean’s assistant, institutional research, and marketing research. Their focus was primarily in the use of data through advanced statistical modeling to improve university outcomes and predict student/applicant behavior. They have also previously been heavily involved in academia from the role university supported research, primarily serving in the labs of established faculty. They have an MS in Experimental Psychology with an emphasis on Cognitive Neuroscience. Previous areas of research have included social psychology, neuropsychology, sensation and perception, and economic decision making/behavioral economics.

They have brought this experience into their role at Temple University’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. Their responsibilities include running operational reports, gathering university data for the submission of relevant surveys and ad hoc data requests, and gathering relevant peer market data. They have also been involved in developing new statistical models and machine learning processes for aiding university operations such as financial aid and admissions and assessing the student outcomes associated with various university programs and classifications. Andrew has also been heavily involved in developing aspects of the DAR website and document/data distribution, with a focus on UX.

Meaghan Green
Research Analyst, Data Analysis & Reporting

Bio: Meaghan Green joined Temple's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment in 2016 and has worked at Temple University since 2010, previously as an... alumni relations officer in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Prior to coming to Temple, Meaghan worked at the Philadelphia Orchestra Association. Meaghan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic and Organizational Communications from Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication in 2006, and a Master of Education in Higher Education (concentration in institutional effectiveness) in Temple's College of Education in 2019.

Within Temple's Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, Meaghan is responsible for analyzing the university's ranking performances, overseeing university level external surveys, as well as working with university leadership to complete the Middle States Commission on Higher Education's Annual Institutional Update. Additionally, Meaghan is a member of the university's Academic Affairs Implementation Group, University Partners Committee, and Chief Communicators Committee. Meaghan has expertise in the Classification of Instructional Programs codes, Canvas, and Banner.

Leanne Grundel
Manager, SFF Administration


Bio: Leanne joined Temple IRA in 2018 and has worked at Temple University since 2015 in various other roles including Transfer Articulation Agreement Coordinator the College of Education. Prior to working at Temple, Leanne worked as an Academic Advisor at Rowan College at Burlington County and as an English/Language Arts teacher. Leanne earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from Rutgers University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education.

Within Temple IRA, Leanne is responsible for managing the administration of the electronic Student Feedback Forms (eSFF) and works with stakeholders at all levels throughout the university. Leanne maintains University SFF communication each semester with thousands of students and instructors across 17 schools and 8 campuses. Leanne produces the SFF Instructor Reports and disseminates data to all Schools and Colleges and university leaders. Leanne provides training and support to school and college liaisons on the SFF System to ensure smooth orchestration of SFF administration, and aims to enhance initiatives to bolster SFF response rates. Leanne has expertise in Microsoft Excel, Adobe Dreamweaver, Banner, Cognos and SPSS.

Rachel Hample
Assistant Director, Assessment & Evaluation

Bio: Rachel joined Temple IRA in 2013 and has since held many administrative positions, including Manager of Testing Services, Test Manager, and Test Coordinator.... She is active in state and national professional organizations as President and former Governing Board member of the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and former state representative of the Pennsylvania Association of College Testing Administrators (PACTA).

Within IRA, Rachel’s responsibilities include overseeing University Placement Assessments, exam processing services, and the University Test Centers at Ambler and Main Campus. She is responsible for the planning and strategic direction for testing and exam processing operations. Rachel convenes the University Placement Assessment Committee and ensures that placement practices and policies are applied and adhered to across all campuses. As a Temple alumnus, Rachel received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education. She is currently pursuing doctoral work and her third degree from Temple's Higher Education program. Her research interests include test administration, placement testing, and student success.

Rich Hetherington
Director, Data Analysis & Reporting

Jancy Munguia
Research Analyst, Assessment & Evaluation

Bio: Jancy joined Temple's IRA team in September 2017. Prior to working at Temple, she worked at Bryn Mawr College as a research assistant ... for various research initiatives.

Within Temple IRA, Jancy is responsible for managing all phases of university survey administration, including item development, marketing and communication, analyzing survey data, and reporting of results. Jancy provides support for the Temple University Survey Coordinating Committee (TUSCC) and maintains records of university surveys, including a calendar of survey activity to avoid survey fatigue. Jancy also manages ad-hoc requests for survey information and provides support to university constituents on survey design, development, and administration.

Jancy has expertise in Excel, NVivo, and her favorite survey tool: Qualtrics. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics and Psychology from Bryn Mawr College in 2014 and a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from Temple in 2020.

John Schmitt
Test Manager, Assessment & Evaluation

Bio: John Schmitt joined Temple's IRA in August of 2019. Prior to working at Temple, John was a high school history teacher within the School District of Philadelphia....

Within Temple IRA, John is responsible for handling the University Placement Assessments and the daily operations of our exam processing service. He also works alongside with the Office of Disability Resources and Services in providing accommodated services to University students. John is also responsible for managing testing activities at the University Test Centers at Ambler and Main Campus. John has expertise in Excel, Adobe Dreamweaver and Banner. His research interests included exam processing, placement testing, and faculty/student approval ratings.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in History (2017) from West Chester University.