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Who We Are

Office of Curricular and Student Assessment

Jared Danielson, PhD
Director of Curricular & Student Assessment
Assistant Professor
2256 CVM; 294-7945

Dr. Jared Danielson, Ph.D is the director of the Office of Curricular and Student Assessment and Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathology. Dr. Danielson has an M.S. degree in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Development from Virginia Tech. Dr. Danielson has published in the areas of instructional software design and assessment for problem solving, and teaching and learning in veterinary medical education, and has led numerous assessment efforts.


Melody Gustafson
Program Assistant II
2261 CVM; 294-2965

Ms. Melody Gustafson serves as the Program Assistant for the Assessment Office joining the group in 2009. She offers many years' experience in data collection, data management, and communication skills as well as a broad base of knowledge in support operations. She received her Bachelor's of Art in Political Science and Speech from Coe College.

  • Faculty Evaluations
  • Surveys & Data Management
  • Budgets/Grants


Rebecca Burzette, PhD
Assistant Scientist
2259 CVM;

Dr. Burzette is an Assistant Scientist in the Assessment Office. She is responsible for using appropriate statistical techniques to analyze data and writing reports for the purpose of curricular improvement. She earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994 and has worked at Iowa State University since 1995. 

Statistical Analysis for:

  • Curricular improvement
  • National examinations
  • Employer surveys
  • Alumni surveys
  • Student entrance data
  • Validate surveys

Instructional Support


Deb Hoyt, BS

Media Production Specialist III
2253 Veterinary Medicine

Debora (Deb) Hoyt’s career transitioned from laboratory medicine and quality control in medical technology (BS) with an emphasis in veterinary clinical chemistry to computer systems and learning technology in veterinary medicine. She bridges language/terminology to integrate IT into veterinary medical education with computer and audio-video assisted teaching. Deb’s areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Support of instructional technology software and hardware: Echo360 classroom capture; Turning Point; Cumulus (asset mananagement); Virtual Microscopy systems; PolyCom/LifeSize; Microsoft Office/OneNote; Adobe,ConnectPro
  • Classroom technology audiovisual oversight; updates; repairs
  • Identify and arrange for purchase of equipment for audio and video needs
  • Support of faculty distance delivery options; technology design for delivery and receipt of distance instruction
  • Track funds used for support of distance-specific options
  • Training sessions to support faculty in the use of technology in teaching
  • Proposals to fund classroom IT
  • Communicate with instructors to help with technology design and implementation
  • Oversee, train, and support the 3 audio-visual student representatives 



Steven Kovarik
Manager Information Technology
2260 Veterinary Medicine

Steven oversees the Information Technology for the college. His areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Manage day to day operations for IT 
  • Oversight and support of IT for Academic Departments, hospital and students
  • Work with Associate Dean and College IT staff for College wide IT Strategic and Policy planning
  • Support contact for college equipment
  • Oversite of web presense
  • Work with VMC in areas of common information systems
  • Create and maintain IT budget; revenue acquisition
  • Order and approve standards for College IT equipment and software
  • Work with vendors to negotiate hardware and software renewals
  • Work with College IT staff to support vendor supplied solutions
  • Committees: Mobile computer; CLIM; ITLC; Windows Administrators, Linux Administrators, SCCM, CCSG, College Web group, College IT managers, Academic IT
  • Work with central campus on university wide technology initiatives
  • Liaison between CVM and campus IT and Telecommunications.
  • Work with IT professionals and Associate Dean to write IT Policies for the college
  • Backup assistance for technology positions
  • Resource for faculty, staff, and students for IT questions
  • Provide technical assistance and implementation support for Web projects

Kyle Mechler

Analyst/Programmer/Web Systems Developer

Kyle Mechler received his BS in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University. Kyle’s areas of expertise and responsibilities include:

  • Drupal development
  • Project planning and development
  • Technology applications in higher education
  • Web design translation/”Theming”
  • Website configuration management and troubleshooting
  • User interaction tracking on vetmed.iastate.edu websites
  • Search engine optimization
  • Computer program development and maintenance for the admissions process