Tori Byington

Biography

Dr. Byington currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Success at Oregon State University. In this role she ensures that graduate student needs are integrated into Oregon State University's teaching and learning environment and lead to increases in student access, persistence, and success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the country. Prior to taking this position Dr. Byington served as the Faculty liaison between the Information Technology Services (ITS) and academic departments concerning ITS planning, and support of academic and research missions at Washington state University (WSU). In this role she provided expert level consultation regarding specialized grant research, development and assessment in support of Information Technology Services efforts and strategic goals. She also served as the Director of the Graduate Planning and Assessment Program at Washington State University. During her tenure she has worked closely with graduate program chairs, directors, and faculty in various operational units across the WSU system to provide support and oversight on graduate program learning outcome assessment and program review efforts and to address specific questions in the design and implementation of focus groups and organizational surveys. Her office coordinates data collection and analysis for graduate enrollment management, institutional policy development, and provides pre-award support for cross-disciplinary research proposals. She received her Ph.D. in 2006 from Washington State University in Interdisciplinary Studies. Her doctoral research, funded in part by a NSF Dissertation Enhancement Grant, examined the interactive effects of institutional level and individual level factors on education and career outcomes of women in non-traditional disciplines and occupations in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. As an active member of the university community she is engaged in efforts to promote and support efforts to increase understanding of difference in culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.