601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5963
Meet the Team
UNCW's Institutional Planning, Analytics, and Effectiveness team covers a varying array of skill sets, experience and interests. We are:
Rigoberto J. Rincones-Gómez, Ph.D., Associate Provost
Office Phone: 910-962-7638
Dr. Rincones brings over two decades of experience leading efforts that had significantly increased the academic performance of students and improved the overall merit of institutions of higher learning, both nationally and internationally. He has published more than 50 refereed journal articles, designed and facilitated more than 100 workshops in 10+ countries, and co-authored several books, the most recent, Collaborative Evaluations: Step-by- Step.
He is a proponent of collaboration in all aspects of his work as he has found this to be one of the cornerstones for leading change and making a difference. He is currently facilitating the development a comprehensive student success agenda driven by the integration of predictive analytics and strategic levers that bolster institutional performance.
For an extended professional profile, please visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rigorincones
Steffaney Cohen, Senior Research Associate
My primary responsibilities are to report accurate information about UNCW to guidebooks and ranking agencies such as US News and World Report and the College Board and to work on surveys of UNCW students and employees. I am a Wilmington native and an alumnus of UNCW and UNC. Before joining the IPAE staff, I worked in county government, literacy counsulting projects and as a part-time lecturer in the Psychology Department at UNCW.
Steve Drew, Senior Research Associate
I provide programming support for SAS, Oracle, and Inquisite applications. I also provide administrative support for SQL Server. I enjoy spending time with my grandkids, cruising in my '51 Mercury, and playing trombone in the Wilmington Big Band.
Yoshi Guy, Senior Research Associate
As a lead student data analyst, my primary responsibility is to interpret state and federal reporting requirements and analyze student and course data for official reporting. My experience in higher education has spanned over 15 years. Prior to coming to UNCW, I was an Associate Registrar, handling system configurations and implementation of new Banner processes as well as academic data analysis. I received a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, a bachelor's degree from Nagoya University of Arts, Japan, and a Computer Programming Certificate from North Carolina State University.
Marvin Jones, Senior Research Associate
I make use of over 30 years of experience in Information Technology to support the analysis of student data and generate reports and reporting processes for UNC General Administration and other State and Federal Agencies. After years of working in the banking and retail industry dealing with financial and sales data, I am finally dealing with data that interests me: Discovering our students and how they progress during their time at UNCW. I enjoy woodworking and spending time with my wife around the yard and exploring the Outer Banks.
Carlene Jackson, Research Associate
My primary duties are preparing data extractions and analyses from UNCW’s data and information systems, and performing data validation tasks for the UNC General Administration Student Data Mart. I have worked at UNCW over 15 years in a variety of roles and departments, including Information Technology Services, Registrar’s Office, University Advancement, and the Tutoring & Learning Center. My experience prior to UNCW includes technical systems engineering support for computer information systems sales and installation; and directing the administrative functions of a non-profit human services organization. I am an alumnus of the University of Delaware, and have also earned my PMP® Certification.
Whitney Lawson, Research Associate
I work and assist with external and internal surveys that come through our office, which includes running the survey software for the deployment of the internal surveys as well as accurate data/information collection for the external ones. I also create reports from the data we collect when needed. At home, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends & pets.
Zach Morgan, IDEA Specialist
I currently oversee the administration of the IDEA student feedback process as well as providing IDEA support and training for faculty, staff, and students. I also work with Digital Measures and interact with other Institutional Effectiveness tools and initiatives. Prior to joining the IPAE team, I worked in UNCW’s Undergraduate Studies unit. Outside of the office, I love to work in the yard with my wife, visit with family and friends, and read about baseball (especially sabermetrics).
Mindy Phillips, Executive Assistant
I provide administrative support services to the Associate Provost and the staff of OIPAE including departmental budget, travel arrangements, SPOT reports, enter in Tuition Waivers, updating Website, P.O.’s, correspondence and other various duties. When not at work I enjoy: photography, listening to music, web design, gardening and the beach. I have one son, and four turtles. Someday would love to own a 55’ or 56’ Ford Thunderbird to ride up the coast.
Tina Strickland, Facilities Use Manager
Tina serves as the administrator for the campus reservation Event Management System (EMS) academic space module. She is responsible for administering account access as well as maintaining system security. Generates classes and exams in EMS software system. She also interprets and applies the facilities use policies and procedures related to the usage of academic facilities. Additionally, she generates room utilization reports from the EMS database to gain visibility into how, when and by whom, academic space is being utilized.
Woody Sutton, Space Planner
I have a really bad joke - "If you need to get to Mars and back, I can get you there." I, do, however, integrate and manage the Asset Works campus-wide Space Management Module database which consists of more than 16,380 records for 120 buildings located on main campus and 23 buildings on satellite campuses totaling 4,865,000 square feet. I organize and analyze information associated with physical space, specialized laboratory/research equipment and facility infrastructure including network, communications, electric, HVAC and security. I develop and manage intra-divisional work teams composed of occupants, Facilities/Physical Plant, IT/NetCom, Purchasing, Business Application Services and Budget Office to support large scale moves. Additionally, I interpret and apply policies and procedures related to space planning and management for faculty, staff, and administrators.
Anthony Vaughn, Director, Space Planning and Management
Tiffany Vockerodt, Research Associate
My responsibilities include assisting with key activities related to strategic planning, institutional effectiveness, academic program assessment and review, as well as student and staff retention efforts. I also assist with research methodologies, statistical analyses of data, and developing frameworks for institutional performance metrics. Before joining IPAE, I worked for a diverse range of organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, and the private sector. In my spare time, I love volunteering, anything outdoors, and dabbling in DIY projects.
Bob Wilcox, Research Associate
After years of loving our visits to North Carolina beaches and dreading having to leave the area at the end of each vacation, my family and I decided we needed to relocate. I ammoving here from Pittsburgh, am an avid Steelers fan, but am originally from Erie, Pennsylvania. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I switched careers after earning a Master of Science in Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. I have experience with many aspects of technology which I look forward to applying and expanding at OIPAE at UNCW. At home I enjoy spending time with my family and being involved with church activities.