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Office of Assessment

Office Staff Information


Frederick Burrack, Ph.D.

Director of Assessment

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 recently completed the national pilot of Model Cornerstone Assessments to be aligned with the new National Standards for Music Education as published in Applying model cornerstone assessments in K-12 music: A research supported approach. Rowman & Littlefield Pub, New York, NY. 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. 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

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

McLain Hymer, Senior in Family Studies and Human Services

Rachel Lasseter, Senior in Biological Systems Engineering


Additional Information

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