Melissa Giese, who has worked in Institutional Research and Assessment at MCC since 2005, has been named the department’s director.
She replaces Kristy Bishop, who left MCC earlier this year. Giese has been serving as interim director since July.
“The Institutional Research office has been performing without missing a beat since Kristy left, and Kristy was a stellar employee,” said Dr. Michel Hillman, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs. He added that Giese has put in a lot of hours “to maintain a highly responsive office.”
Giese started at MCC as a part-time senior research analyst, initially to help with that year’s HLC accreditation review. Because she had a small child, that arrangement was ideal, she said.
She went full time in August 2012 and continues to support the HLC process by serving on the District Assessment Coordinating Council.
“I’m very excited to continue with MCC in this new role,” Giese said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to do what I’m doing and passionate about.”
She said she’s also fortunate “that we have a great team, and we really work together as a team.”
In addition to faculty and employee requests, assessment data and discipline/program review, Institutional Research and Assessment prepares about 40 other internal and external reports each year.
Giese earned an M.A. from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Before coming to MCC, she worked as an area program coordinator for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research in Kansas City.
At MCC, Giese also has taught College 100, the introductory class for first-year students, since it was launched.