Julie Tucker '9

Julie Tucker ’09

Assistant Vice President for Student Development
Position Type
Staff
Service
- Present
Biography

Every day, my position allows me to ask the question, “How do we make the student experience even better?” Through surveys, focus groups, and interviews, I have the privilege of hearing students talk about their experience—what they appreciate and what they wish was better. Being a Denison alumna makes this even more important to me—to continue to improve the experience for current and future Denisonians.

Through my work leading the research and assessment initiatives in Student Development, I have the opportunity to discover more about specific aspects of the Denison experience—understanding barriers to students’ financial well-being or learning more about the experiences of first-generation college students. As a proud first-gen myself, these are topics I care deeply about. In other projects, I learn about student engagement on campus, their mental and physical health, and their experiences across campus.

My role also means I also pay close attention to what students are learning outside the classroom—in residence halls, student organizations, leadership programs, or from appointments with Health Center staff or career coaches. And every Spring, I survey alums who graduated five years earlier to ask, from their perspective, how Denison contributed to their personal and professional success after graduation.

At Denison, we don’t merely collect data. We study data to understand what’s working well and what could be working better so that we can jump into action, creating strategies to improve the student experience and to strengthen student learning.

In my role as Assistant Vice President, I have the privilege of working work with Red Frame Lab, where we focus on developing skills in creative problem-solving, design thinking, and entrepreneurship. Through design thinking, we help students take an idea from inception to execution and we empower them to be agents of change on campus and in the world beyond The Hill.

I love working with our students and hearing your ideas for how we can continue to strengthen your experience. Drop by my office, stop me on the Quad, or visit me during Community Hours to tell me about your experience. I’d love to learn more about you!

Degree(s)
B.S., Denison University; Ed.M., Harvard University

Works

Publications

Tucker, J.M. (2017). Measuring outcomes without sacrificing our souls: Substantively measuring institutional impact. About Campus.

Kennedy, L.B. & Tucker, J.M. (2017). Identifying and mitigating students’ financial stressors. Presentation delivered at the ACPA National Convention, Columbus, OH.

Kennedy, L.B. & Tucker, J.M. (2017). Identifying and mitigating students’ financial stressors. Presentation delivered at the Higher Education Financial Wellness Summit, Minneapolis, MN.

Kennedy, L.B. & Tucker, J.M. (2017). Identifying and mitigating students’ financial stressors. Presentation delivered at the Student Affairs Assessment & Research Conference, Columbus, OH.

Tucker, J. (2016). Students as partners in assessment success. Invited keynote address delivered at the Student Affairs Assessment & Research Conference, Columbus, OH.

Fox, W.A & Tucker, J.M. (2016). Generating and utilizing data to inform persistence-related priorities, practices, and programs. Presentation delivered at the NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, College Park, MD.

Tucker, J.M. (2015). Qualitative approach in assessment and research. Presentation delivered at the Student Affairs Assessment & Research Conference, Columbus, OH.

Tucker, J.M. (2015). Incorporating direct measures into your assessment of student learning. Presentation delivered at the NASPA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Tucker, J.M., Manderino, M., Meents-Decaigny, E. & Grabau, A. (2015). Navigating the development of divisional learning outcomes: Four student affairs divisions' perspectives on approach, process, and lessons learned. Presentation delivered at the NASPA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Tucker, J.M. (2014). Stop asking students to “strongly agree:” Let’s directly measure co-curricular learning. About Campus 19(4), 29-32.

Kennedy, L.B. & Tucker, J.M. (2014). More than a hunch: Assessing and evaluating a medical amnesty policy’s effectiveness. Presentation delivered at the Midwest Alcohol Policy Summit, Columbus, Ohio.

Kennedy, L.K. & Tucker, J.M. (2014). More than a hunch: Assessing and evaluating a medical amnesty policy’s effectiveness. Presentation delivered at the OCPA Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Tucker, J.M. (2014). Stop asking students to “strongly agree:” Let’s actually measure learning. Presentation delivered at the OCPA Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Tucker, J.M., Thurlow-Collen, M., Champagne, C.J. (2013). Letting data be your guide to developing wellness initiatives. Presentation delivered at the ACPA Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.

Tucker, J.M. (2013). Stop asking students to “strongly agree:” Let’s directly measure learning. Presentation delivered at the NASPA Assessment &Persistence Conference, Denver, CO.

Kennedy, L.B. & Tucker, J.M. (2012). Mapping a route for the assessment road-weary (with scenic outlooks!). Presentation delivered at the ACPA Annual Convention, Louisville, KY.

Kennedy, L.B. & Tucker, J.M. (2012). Structuring a divisional assessment model: To centralize or not? Presentation delivered at the Ohio Student Affairs Assessment Conference, Columbus, OH.

Tucker, J.M., Proemmel, E., & Ackerlind, S. (2012). Student civic engagement: What does it mean to student affairs? Presentation delivered at the NASPA Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Tucker, J.M. & Phlegar, G. (2011). Assessment for the beleaguered. Getting the job done without doing it (all) yourself. Presentation delivered at the Ohio Student Affairs Assessment Conference, Columbus, OH.

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