Office of Assessment Staff

Director of Assessment

Dr. Nick Curtis is the director of assessment. In this role, he provides leadership and support to the Marquette community, including academic departments, the Marquette Core Curriculum and co-curricular units, in the assessment of student learning outcomes for the purpose of large-scale student learning improvement efforts. Before joining Marquette, Curtis served as the senior learning outcomes and visibility consultant for the Center for Assessment and Research Studies at James Madison University in Virginia, where he earned his Ph.D. in assessment and measurement.  Curtis remains an active teacher in higher education and has presented and published more than 70 professional presentations and publications for state, regional, national and International conferences and journals in assessment, education and psychology. He also serves as the editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Research & Practice in Assessment.


Nick Curtis, Marquette University Director of Assessment


Graduate Assistant

Mary Joy Hickey is the graduate assistant in the Marquette Office of Assessment. She has been in this role since fall 2022 as she works towards a Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education within the Educational Policy and Leadership department. She graduated from UW-Milwaukee in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis in Media Studies and a certificate in Digital Arts and Culture. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from UW-Stout in 2014.



  Mary Joy Hickey


Among Other Roles, the Staff of the Office of Assessment:

  • Consults with faculty and staff developing and implementing assessment plans and reports. This includes writing effective student learning outcomes and choosing appropriate strategies and measures.
  • Provides guidance as needed with analyzing, reporting and disseminating assessment results.
  • Provides assessment resources and delivers workshops on topics relevant to assessment.
  • Promotes best practices in assessment.
  • Supports assessment of the integrated core learning outcomes, knowledge area outcomes and institutional undergraduate learning outcomes.
  • As part of the Institutional Survey Committee, oversees the development, coordination and administration of campuswide surveys of broad institutional scope.
  • Assists with writing and implementing evaluation components for externally funded projects.
  • Assists with survey design, focus group preparation and data analysis for special projects.
  • Acts as an assessment resource to the university community for accreditation, strategic planning and program review.


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