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Office Staff Information


Frederick Burrack, Ph.D.


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 currently is overseeing the national pilot of Model Cornerstone Assessments to be aligned with the new National Standards for Music Education. 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 Unites State, has numerous publications in music education and assessment journals, and has presented many conference sessions nationally and internationally. View additional information about Dr. Burrack.

Chris Urban

Chris Urban, M.A.

Assistant Director

Chris Urban joined K-State’s Office of Assessment as Assistant Director in Spring 2013. He served the two years prior in national service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. During his time as a VISTA, Chris worked to improve educational outcomes of military and veteran students by establishing a one-stop student services office. Chris has been a life-long K-Stater, having earned both a B.S. in Economics (2008) and M.A. in English-Cultural Studies (2011) from the university. He is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education.  His interests include behavioral science, theatre, cultural theory, and volunteering.

Undergraduate Assistants

Alexus Lacy, Senior in Mass Communications

Jenna Ratzlaff, Senior in Accounting


Additional Information

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