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Frederick Burrack, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment
fburrack@k-state.edu | 785-532-3429


Frederick Burrack is Director of Assessment, Professor of Music Education, Graduate Chair for Music, Distinguished Graduate Faculty. He joined the Kansas State music faculty as a music education specialist in Fall 2005. Dr. Burrack taught instrumental music education at Ball State University from 2002-2005 and instrumental music in the Carroll Community School District in Carroll, Iowa from 1982-2002.He has served as the Chair for the National Association for Music Education Assessment Special Research Interest Group and as Co-Chair for their work in developing Model Cornerstone Assessments that accompany the National K-12 Music Standards. His co-edited book “Applying Model Cornerstone Assessments in K–12 Music: A research supported approach” was published in 2018. A new text for assessing music will be published in 2020 with co-authors Dr. Kelly Parkes, Dr. Phillip Payne, and Dr. Brian Wesolowski.

His sustained research activity is found in highly regarded publications such as the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, Handbook on Assessment Policy and Practice in Music Education, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation, Teaching Music through Performance in Band series, Assessment Update, and the Music Educators Journal. Dr. Burrack’s research interests include student learning processes and assessment of learning, cross-disciplinary instruction, and instructional thought development in music teachers.  He guides professional development seminars across the United States, has numerous publications in music education and assessment journals, and has presented many conference sessions nationally and internationally. Dr. Burrack has received numerous honors and awards in recognition of her exemplary professional contributions. In 2016 he was recognized by Wartburg College with the Outstanding Alumni Citation for his teaching and research; also in 2016 Kansas State University Office of Assessment under his leadership was among 10 awarded the Excellence in Assessment Designation; in 2017 awarded Distinguished Graduate Faculty by Kansas State University. In 2018 he was opening keynote for the International Symposium on Innovative Teaching and Learning at Jilin University in Chanchung, China and let 15 sessions across Taiwan in May 2019.. View additional information about Dr. Burrack.

Dorothy ThompsonDorothy Musselwhite Thompson, Ph.D.

Assistant Director of Assessment

Dorothy Musselwhite Thompson is the Assistant Director of Assessment at Kansas State University. She received a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Georgia in 2018. Dr. Thompson has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in music education. She has previously taught instrumental music, science, and mathematics at the middle and high school level in Georgia.  Her research focuses primarily in educational and music psychology, and measurement and assessment, specifically in the building and maintaining of performance measures. View additional information about Dr. Thompson.



Chris Urban

Chris Urban

Assistant Director of Data Analytics
chrisu@k-state.edu | 785-532-2114

Chris Urban is Assistant Director of Data Analytics at Kansas State University.  He previously served as Assistant Director of Assessment. Chris is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.  His research interests include learning assessment and social class identity. 

Undergraduate Assistants

Kennedy Griffin, Senior in Computer Science, American Ethnic Studies, and Math


Additional Information

The Office of Assessment reports to Brian Niehoff, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness.  View our Organizational Chart.