Staff

Abbygail Langham headshot

Dr. Abbygail Tull Langham

Director, Assessment & Strategic Planning
langhat@auburn.edu
Office: 334.844-8610

During the implementation of the 2010-2013 strategic plan it became apparent that having a full-time staff member devoted to reaching the Division’s goals was a necessity. Dr. Abby Langham assumed a newly created position as the Director of Assessment & Strategic Planning in February of 2013. In this role, she leads efforts to assist the staff members, who make up the Division of Student Affairs, in understanding how to assess co-curricular student learning and program outcomes. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor with graduate faculty status in Auburn University’s Administration of Higher Education program within the College of Education.

Dr. Langham came to the field of student affairs after a nearly 5-year tenure as an institutional researcher at the same institution where she completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. A higher education professional since 2006, Dr. Langham has also worked at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Educational Leadership and Auburn University’s Economic and Community Development Institute. Additionally, she has had the pleasure of teaching at the college level for Auburn University’s Department of Political Science. Although Dr. Langham came to the Division from another institution, as an Auburn alumna, she understands all that students can learn at Auburn University both inside and outside the classroom. Dr. Langham received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University.

“It is a privilege to be able to return to my alma mater, to work with such a wonderful group of people within Auburn University’s Division of Student Affairs, and to help to strategically advance what I know to be an already great university experience for our students.” – Abby Langham, Ph.D.

Somer Givens

Analyst, Assessment & Strategic Planning
smgivens@auburn.edu
Office: 334.844-1321

Somer Givens comes to the field of student affairs with a background in institutional research, assessment, and survey methodology. A native of south Florida, Somer completed her undergraduate education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in upstate New York and pursued her graduate work at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa where she earned her Master’s degree in 2005. Somer comes to Auburn from Troy University where she served over ten years in the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness as well as TROY’s College of Education as an adjunct faculty member. Prior to joining Troy University in 2009, she worked for The University of Alabama’s Institute for Social Science Research while also serving as adjunct faculty for Psychology at both The University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.

Somer enjoys the outdoors, sporting events, and spending time with her family serving various local, regional and international non-profit organizations. Somer and her husband Trent have two sons and one daughter.

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Catherine McClendon

Graduate Assistant, Assessment & Strategic Planning
jcm0074@auburn.edu
Office: 334.844-5004

Catherine McClendon is a graduate assistant in Assessment and Strategic Planning. Catherine graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University in 2019 with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. While an undergraduate, Catherine worked as a teaching assistant, learning assistant, and Plainsman Prep instructor. Additionally, she was involved in a research project in the College of Science and Mathematics. Catherine received several honors and awards, among them the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence for the College of Science and Mathematics.

Catherine is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics at Auburn and says that she is very excited to be working in student affairs, an area that is new to her, and she hopes to be able to make worthwhile contributions while learning and experiencing new challenges

Assessment team with Aubie Claus

Last modified: December 13, 2019