Kristin L. McKinley, M.S.
Mursell House - Room 204
Email or 920-832-6532
Kristin originally joined Lawrence in 2010 to assist with the evaluation of a federal grant for campus suicide prevention and was hired permanently in 2011 as a research associate. In 2012 she was promoted to associate director and in 2015 was named director of research administration. She serves on the President's Committee for Accreditation and Assessment, President's Committee for Student Success, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Grant Implementation Task Force. She is a consultant for President's Committee on Diversity Affairs. Kristin is a nationally recognized institutional researcher and grant evaluator with more than 10 years of experience in grant and program evaluation, institutional research, and higher education.
Kristin actively contributes to the field of institutional research. She was one of three national recipients of the Julia M. Duckwall Professional Development Scholarship, awarded by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) in 2014. She was invited to serve a two-year term as a member of the AIR Forum Strategy Committee starting in September 2017. There were eight members on the committee, with only one other individual coming from a liberal arts college. Kristin served as an eAIR Tech Tips Contributor, a member of the Forum Advisory Committee, and peer reviewer for the 2017-18 academic year. She was elected by membership to serve a two-year term on the AIR Nominations and Elections Committee (NEC) beginning in May 2019. Kristin was also elected to serve a one-year term on the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium Board beginning in June 2019 and was re-elected to a three-year term in June 2020.
In her free time, Kristin is active in the community advocating for increased awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. She has served as a member of the Outagamie Child Death Review Team since 2013 and suggested the addition of Recommendation 6 to the 2013 Suicide Prevention Recommendations. Kristin became a certified QPR Gatekeeper Instructor in 2010 and has trained over 325 people in suicide prevention.
Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from Mount Mercy College and holds a Master of Science, with specialization in clinical psychology, from Augusta State University.