Clemson hires assessment director for Undergraduate Studies
CLEMSON, South Carolina — Clemson University’s Undergraduate Studies Office has hired psychologist and experienced credit modeler René Schmauder as its assessment director. Schmauder joins Clemson from Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont.
In her new position, Schmauder will design and execute strategies to evaluate university-wide undergraduate learning outcomes. Assessments will ensure programs encourage student learning aligned with Clemson Thinks2, the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan dedicated to transforming learning and teaching through critical thinking, research and development.
“I’m eager to join Clemson University and work with a talented team of colleagues dedicated to providing assessments that support undergraduates and faculty,” said Schmauder. “I look forward to implementing new strategies and providing data that will showcase the success of pedagogical and curricular changes and the need for resources in various learning environments.”
Schmauder’s career began at the University of South Carolina where she worked with both undergraduate and graduate students. There she received the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching award. After a successful career transition into the financial field, Schmauder returned to higher education where she has assessed student achievement and success for the past decade.
“We’re looking forward to René joining Clemson and providing a unique perspective on undergraduate assessment through her analytical background in both education and finance,” said John Griffin, associate provost and dean of Undergraduate Studies.
A New Jersey native, Schmauder attended Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in philosophy and English. She then attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she earned a Master of Arts in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Psychology.