Dr. Vanessa Finnegan
Interim Director, Assessment & Strategic Planning
Dr. Vanessa Finnegan provides leadership in coordinating, designing, implementing, and interpreting assessment, evaluation, and research projects to support and serve as a resource for Student Affairs.
Prior to joining Student Affairs, Dr. Finnegan managed the planning, implementation, and evaluation process of federally funded, applied research projects, while also serving as an instructor for experiential learning in connection with funded research. She is a graduate of Auburn University’s doctoral program in Educational Psychology, where her training focused on program evaluation and research methods, and continues her involvement with the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Technology, serving as adjunct faculty for graduate-level Educational Research Methods and Assessment courses.
An educator at heart, Dr. Finnegan is deeply committed to supporting students holistically during their academic journey and setting positive trajectories for life beyond graduation and is also currently serving as an instructor for First Year Experience seminar courses.