Shannon Helfinstine (she/her pronouns) is the associate director of assessment since 2020, coming to Kent State with over 10 years of prior higher education assessment and teaching experience at a small, private specialized college. Currently, Shannon provides support for faculty and staff in all aspects of program level assessment of student learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, she coordinates several institution-wide internal and external surveys for faculty, staff and students. Dr. Helfinstine is a double Kent State alum earning both her Bachelor of Science and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, specializing in applied microbiology. She resides in Stow with her partner, Danny, and son, Logan, and several fluffy fur-babies.