Institutional Research Staff

  • UAA IR Team
    • Daniel Campbell, Ph.D., Director, Institutional Research

      Daniel Campbell, Ph.D.  
      Director, Institutional Research 

      Daniel Campbell completed dual baccalaureate degrees in business administration and economics from Eastern Washington University, his M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho. His research and professional practice focus on; higher education leadership and governance, research administration, and educational assessment/operational evaluation – all within the framework of data-driven decision making. For over twenty years, Dr. Campbell has served in various capacities at higher education institutions throughout the northwest. This includes developing and administering major research centers at two land-grant institutions, serving as the founding director for an office of assessment and accreditation, developing, collaborating on, and administering tens of millions in extramurally funded research projects and establishing working centers for higher education institutional research and administrative data science efforts.  

      He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications, technical documents, accreditation reports and refereed conference papers. He has also been an invited speaker to national and international conferences on topics related to higher education administration. As a professional academic administrator, Dr. Campbell maintains a broad administrative portfolio, an applied research agenda, mentors doctoral students and has taught doctoral courses in research methods, survey design and grant writing. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of University Administrators. In 2019 he was recognized by WICHE for his work in developing cloud-based faculty productivity tools. He also lends his expertise to organizations on topics related to data warehouses, institutional research, assessment and organizational evaluation. 

    • Jessica Slavik, Assistant Director, Institutional Research

      Jessica Slavik 
      Assistant Director, Institutional Research 

      After spending her entire life in East and Central Texas, Jessica moved to Fairbanks in 2017. The move was a bit of a weather shock, but she couldn’t be happier. She loves the beauty and wonder of Alaska, especially the long days in the summer and long nights in the winter which make the solstices more magical. She enjoys reading, writing, watching TV and fawning over her fur-babies. She also relishes in creating a warm and welcoming environment through interior decorating and gardening. By happy accident, Jessica joined UAF as a temp in the Shared Travel Services office shortly after arriving in Alaska. Once here, she was hooked on the encouragement of and resources provided to maintain a healthy work-life balance and skill development. After working as the Travel Auditor for UAF, she joined UAA’s Office of Institutional Research as a data analyst and now serves as the UAAIR Assistant Director. She is happiest when researching, problem solving, reporting, and developing reference materials for the university. She is excited to put those skills to use for UAA!

    • Coy Gullett, Director, Business Intelligence

      Coy Gullett 
      Director Business Intelligence 

      Coy Gullett is an accomplished professional with expertise in business administration, finance, and intelligence. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance from Hawaii Pacific University.  Coy's career has been marked by significant achievements, particularly in his roles at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA). Currently, he serves as the Director of Business Intelligence and Senior Research Associate, where he has successfully designed and implemented the university's Business Intelligence systems. Coy's responsibilities include selecting appropriate data systems and software applications, conducting system testing, and providing user training. He has been instrumental in providing valuable information and insights to over six thousand employees across various departments. Prior to his current position, Coy served as the Director of Finance and Administration at UAA Community & Technical College. In this role, he oversaw budgeting, financial management, grant/contract administration, personnel administration, facilities services, and risk management. Coy's leadership and administrative skills contributed to the smooth operation of the college and effective collaboration with UAA administrative services. Coy's professional experience extends beyond academia. He has held key positions in the United States Air Force, where he excelled in financial and budgetary management. Notably, he served as a Command Budget Analyst and Executive Officer for the Comptroller at the Headquarters of the United States Air Forces Europe. Coy's responsibilities included executing and defending operating budget submissions, overseeing funds control, and providing financial oversight for military operations. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Coy possesses advanced skills in data analysis tools such as Power BI, Tableau, and SQL Server. He is proficient in ETL processes, database management, and data modeling, enabling him to extract actionable insights from complex datasets. Coy is known for his exceptional leadership abilities and effective communication skills. He has experience in briefings, strategic planning, risk management, and personnel administration. Coy is also fluent in Spanish and held a Secret Security Clearance while in the military. In his leisure time, Coy Gullett enjoys spending quality time with his family, exploring the great outdoors through hiking adventures, and immersing himself in new travel experiences. As a technology enthusiast, he stays up-to-date with the latest advancements and enjoys exploring new gadgets and innovations.

    • Joe Straub, Reporting Systems and Data Analyst 

      Joe Straub 
      Reporting Systems and Data Analyst 

      Hello, my name is Joseph (Joe). I am a career Data Analyst recently separated from the USAF after 20 years of Active Duty service.  

      My career took me around the world, analyzing everything from traditional ground vehicles to some of the most advanced equipment the DOD has in its current inventory. I have spent the majority of my 20 military years analyzing 16 different platforms of aircraft data across 5 different databases, as well as conducting investigative analytics to determine root-cause analysis for both the human equation as well as the mechanical side.  

      My short- and long-term goals are simple; learn everything I can, apply what I learn to my organization, and achieve happiness both in my professional career at UAA as well as in my personal life. 

    • Taiyo Itoh, Research Associate

      Taiyo Itoh 
      Research Associate  

      Taiyo Itoh joined the UAA Office of Institutional Research as a Research Associate in 2022. In addition to his full-time work with UAAIR, Taiyo is also completing his Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods in Education at the University of Oregon. His research uses applied statistics to evaluate policies and programs focused on improving students’ educational experiences – particularly for underrepresented populations. Taiyo also has experience at UAA having previously worked at the Center for Human Development as a program evaluator for federally funded education programs in Alaska’s alternative schools. He holds a B.Ed. from the Japanese government and an M.Ed. in multicultural education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

    • James Downes, Research Associate 

      James Downes 
      Research Associate 

      James Downes is a research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research, University of Alaska Anchorage. He was a planning specialist for 20 years with Washington State University's Office of Institutional Research, focusing on financial analysis, faculty and research performance, and strategic planning. He began as an Institutional Researcher at Tillamook Bay Community College in 1999. He also has 10 years of experience as contingent faculty, teaching primarily social science courses. After undergraduate work in International Relations at Brown University, he received an MA in International Studies from the University of Denver and did further work at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. During that time he also pursued a career as a competitive fencer, ending ranked 212th by the USFA (4th in Wyoming) in men's foil.