Executive Board Members

Jen Sweet, Ph.D.
Board Chair

Dr. Sweet is the Director of Assessment, Center for Teaching & Learning at DePaul University.  Jen has worked in the field of higher education assessment for 15 years.  Jen has a BS in Biology from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, an MS in Counseling and Student Personnel from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD in Educational Psychology, with a concentration in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Keith Werosh, Ph.D.

Dr. Werosh is currently Associate National Dean, Institutional Effectiveness at DeVry University where he promotes engagement in the assessment of student learning for the DeVry University system and works toward integrating assessment into the University’s model of program review, institutional planning and accreditation management. Dr. Werosh is also involved in the development of insights obtained from the institution’s data sources leading to meaningful system-wide academic improvements. Before taking this position, Keith was District Director of Assessment and Accreditation at City Colleges of Chicago where he had a similar role. Prior to his post at CCC, Dr. Werosh served as Dean of Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness at National University of Health Sciences. In this capacity, he helped develop a culture of data-driven decision-making leading to actionable university-wide planning. He regularly presents locally and nationally and consults on topics related to learning science and assessment in higher education. Keith has served on the Board of the Chicago Area Assessment group first as Co-Chair for Meeting Communications and now Chair, Professional Development since 2016. In 2018, Keith accepted an appointment to serve on the events committee for the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) working alongside assessment professionals across the country to promote engagement in topical interest groups. Dr. Werosh's research interests include assessment culture and the intersection of organizational psychology and assessment practice in academia.

Dave Naze, Ph.D.

Dr. Naze serves as the Dean of Academic Excellence and Support at Joliet Junior College in Joliet, IL. As dean, he oversees general education assessment, distance education, the library, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, the honors program, study abroad, dual credit, curriculum management and course scheduling, and faculty professional development.  In February 2018, Dr. Naze and JJC hosted the annual Illinois Community College Assessment Fair. He serves as President of the Illinois Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (ILACEP) and is the former President of the Illinois Communication and Theater Association. Prior to his role as dean, Dr. Naze was a tenured faculty member in the Department of Communication and Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL.

Outside of his work at JJC, Dr. Naze pursues his passions as an endurance athlete and academic researcher. His book, Reclaiming 42: Public Memory and the Reframing of Jackie Robinson’s Radical Legacy (University of Nebraska Press), was released in June 2019.

Scott Tharp, Ph.D.

Dr. Tharp is a scholar practitioner with over ten years of experience related to diversity and social justice education and assessment and evaluation. Scott currently serves the DePaul University community as the Assessment & Effectiveness Specialist within the Division of Student Affairs. In this role, he provides strategic oversight for all assessment and evaluation processes within the Division of Student Affairs and coordinates a university-wide initiative to establish a co-curricular culture of assessment to enhance student learning on campus. He previously served DePaul University as the Assessment Coordinator in Student Affairs, Director for the Center for Intercultural Programs, and Associate Director for the Office of Diversity Education. Prior to working at DePaul, Scott also served Columbia College Chicago as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. 

Dr. Tharp’s professional passions center on developing and assessing social justice education curriculum. Scott has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Transformative Education, Multicultural Education, Multicultural Perspectives, and the Journal for Critical Thought and Praxis. He has also presented nationally at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE). Scott also previously served on the National Advisory Board for NCORE from 2014-2017. 

Dr. Tharp has a BA in Sociology and Philosophy from Elmhurst College, an MSW in Community Organization from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a PhD in Curriculum Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rebecca Gibbons, Ph.D.

Steve Damarjian

Paul Trotto

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