Bob Gonyea is associate director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, where he coordinates research and reporting for the National Survey of Student Engagement and associated projects. Since 1999 Bob has been an integral contributor to NSSE’s development and success, such as the continuous improvement and testing of survey questions, design of reports and tools for institutional assessment, and the creation of the Beginning College Survey of Student Engagement (BCSSE) to assess precollege preparation and engagement. Bob also teaches Survey Research Methodology at the IU School of Education.
Bob spent the early part of his career in student affairs administration where he gained insights about positive student development and effective campus environments. His current research interests include the assessment of college and university quality, writing as a form of engagement in learning, high-impact practices for undergraduate learners, and survey design. Bob’s work has appeared in the Higher Education Handbook for Theory and Research, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Liberal Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, New Directions for Teaching and Learning, and other higher education publications.
Bob’s Ed.D. is from Indiana University in higher education and student affairs, with a minor in educational inquiry. A native of Monroe, Michigan, Bob has two children and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.