Assessment Staff

Tara A. Rose, Director of University Assessment

 Tara Rose is the Director of University Assessment at the University of Kentucky (UK), located in Lexington, KY.  Prior to working with the Office of University Assessment, she served as the Assessment Director of the Gatton College of Business & Economics at UK and as a Research Analyst with the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.  Rose received her PhD in Public Policy and Administration and Master of Public Administration from Walden University.  She also received a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University.  Her interests include research, program evaluation, policy analysis, and assessment of student learning in higher education institutions. Rose has been teaching online as a facilitator for eight years and adjunct faculty member for six years.  She has been a Board Member with the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education (AALHE) since 2010 and currently holds the position of President. You can contact Tara by email at or by phone at 257-6394.

Brandon Combs, Assistant Director of University Assessment

Brandon Combs is the Assistant Director of University Assessment for the University of Kentucky’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness.  Prior to working with the Office of Assessment he served as a Law Enforcement Training Instructor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky's Department of Criminal Justice Training, the state's police academy.  In this role he worked on the Curriculum Development Taskforce, who worked towards rewriting the academy's curriculum.  Prior to that, he served as the Communications Supervisor for the UK Police Department for more than six years.  Brandon received his Master of Science degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University.  He also has a Master of Arts degree in Education Technology from Morehead State University.  He is currently working towards his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership with emphasis in Instructional Design.

Brandon's research interests include backchanneling, classroom and instructional design, law enforcement training, distance learning/education, policy analysis, and criminal justice education requirements.  He has been actively involved in various professional and advocacy organizations, including: the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the Kentucky Equality Federation, and the Southern Brigade of Kentucky Colonels.  You can contact Brandon by email at or by phone at 859-257-3361.

Abigail Stockwell, Graduate Assistant

Abigail Stockwell is the Graduate Assistant of University Assessment at the University of Kentucky.  Abigail is pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration.  Prior to working with the Office of University Assessment, Abigail received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky, minoring in Criminology and Sociology.  Abigail’s research interests include policy analysis, international adoption law, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention policy, and higher education assessment.  You can contact Abigail by email at or by phone at 859-257-4945.