Connie Pierson Assistant Director, Office of Institutional Research 2011-2012 Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Professional Staff
Since joining UMBC in 1999, Connie Pierson has made significant and sustaining contributions to the university through her commitment to the institution, dedication to customer service and exceptional analytic skills. She interacts with nearly every office on campus and provides critical reports and analysis to senior staff, including the president and provost, on peer comparisons, faculty workload and other performance indicators.
Pierson also works with University System of Maryland (USM) and Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) staff to ensure the completion of mandated state and federal reporting. Some of her more recent projects include examining the effects of change to online placement testing, modeling tuition revenue and generating enrollment projections, and she works closely with her colleagues in the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) to transition to reports using the new student information system and data warehouse.
When the former OIR director resigned, Pierson took on the responsibilities as acting director and served on the search committee for a new director while simultaneously completing all mandated reporting and ad-hoc analyses requested.
Pierson has served numerous terms on the Professional Staff Senate in the roles of representative, secretary and vice president. She currently volunteers as secretary for the Maryland Association for Institutional Research, as well as the UMB-UMBC Chapter of the National Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
She is known for her poise, professionalism and positivity, and colleagues admire her intellectual curiosity, statistical expertise, clear thinking and sense of humor.
Pierson earned her B.A. in Economics and B.A. in Sociology from UMBC, her M.A. in Applied Sociology from the University of Maryland Graduate School Baltimore and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland College Park.