Kristin McKinley, Director of Research AdministrationKristin 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, Title III Advisory Committee, and Student Success 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 and more than eight years of experience in 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 are 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. 

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.

Research Associate

Sarah Dunnagan, Research AssociateSarah Dunnagan, M.A.


Sarah originally worked as a research associate in the Office of Research Administration in 2013 and her main accomplishment was helping to co-develop the Lawrence University Fact Book, which centralized and consolidated key institutional statistics and trends. In October 2017 she rejoined the Office of Research Administration working remotely as a research associate. Her primary focus is the Fact Book, but she assists with other high priority projects including tenure, promotion, and reappointment. Sarah has over 13 years of experience in higher education serving in a variety of roles.    

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in history with an English minor from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.   

Contact Information

Location: Mursell House

Hours: Monday through Friday,   7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 920-832-6532


Physical Address:  422 E. Washington St., Appleton, WI 54911

Mailing Address: 711 E. Boldt Way, Appleton, WI 54911


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