Michelle DiMenna is a research analyst with EAB involved in best practice research studies for academic affairs leaders. Since joining EAB in 2018, her work has focused on student success, including closing student equity gaps and improving pedagogy to improve student outcomes.
Before joining the firm, Michelle worked in institutional research at her alma mater, St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
When not in the office, Michelle can be found adventuring in the great outdoors, at her sewing machine, or volunteering with Reach, Incorporated.
Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Psychology magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Michelle also graduated with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Research and Insights
By Michelle DiMenna Each year, EAB polls academic affairs leaders to determine the most pressing issues affecting their institutions. This year’s topic poll included 26 high-level topics informed by hundreds of conversations with members and more than a decade of dedicated EAB research. Based on preliminary results, EAB is looking into exploring the future of…
A growing body of research, including EAB’s own this past year, tells us that students’ sense of belonging on campus is crucial not only for student success and persistence, but for student equity. Feeling respected, welcomed, and valued is correlated with outcomes like higher grades, retention, and engagement. Yet demographic disparities in these outcomes remain,…
By Michelle DiMenna Departments typically direct support and transition initiatives to first-year faculty, focusing on developing plans for reaching tenure. However, once faculty earn tenure, they find themselves with a whole new set of challenges and, oftentimes, no clear understanding of how to face them. In our research study “Instilling Equity and Inclusion in Departmental…