Our Team

Our Team

Alan Ziajka, PhD

Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and University Historian
ziajka@usfca.edu, ext. 2846

Alan Ziajka is Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and University Historian at the University of San Francisco, where he has held several administrative positions for the past 30 years.

Prior to coming to USF, he taught United States history at the high school level and developmental and educational psychology at the college level. He holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in educational psychology from California State University, Northridge, and a Ph.D. in education/human development from Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of three books and several articles on history, education, human development, and related topics. His most recent books are Legacy and Promise: 150 Years of Jesuit Education at the University of San Francisco, published in 2005, and The University of San Francisco School of Law Century: 100 Years of Educating for Justice, published in 2012. View a list of Alan Ziajka's published works »

Alan's team prepares or assists in writing accreditation reports for USF’s professional schools and the University as a whole; conducts marketing research for proposed graduate programs; writes external reports for organizations such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service; writes various internal reports, such as an annual environmental scan for the USF Board of Trustees, and a biannual USF Fact Book and Almanac; writes all university honorary degree citations; authors history books about USF, including three books to date on the university, its law school, and its science programs; and writes various other articles, vignettes, and newsletters about USF’s history and institutional characteristics.

Deborah L. Panter, JD

Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment
dpanter@usfca.edu, ext. 4588

Deborah Panter is the Director of Educational Effectiveness and Assessment at the University of San Francisco. She joined USF in June 2016.

Deborah comes to us from John F. Kennedy University, where she served in the same position and was responsible for leading JFKU through its self-study and reaffirmation of accreditation. She has bachelor's degrees in philosophy and economics from the University of California at Irvine and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law. Deborah has been teaching in the BA Legal Studies programs at JFKU and St. Mary's College since 2003. She graduated from WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy in 2015.

Deborah's team leads USF’s reaccreditation and assessment efforts on campus, including program review and yearly assessment of programs and courses; provides training and education on all aspects of assessment; prepares or assists in writing accreditation reports for USF’s professional schools and the University as a whole; assists the NCAP process, ensuring that assessment is built into programs from the beginning.

Kevin Andrew McLemore, PhD

Associate Director of Assessment
kmclemore@usfca.edu, ext. 4349

Kevin Andrew McLemore, Ph.D., joined USF as the Assistant Director of Assessment in January 2017. He provides survey design, methodological, and analytic support for the University's assessment and accreditation efforts. Kevin works collaboratively with faculty and staff engaged in the assessment of student learning throughout the University, including academic programs, core curriculum, co-curricular, and service units. Prior to joining USF, Kevin served John F. Kennedy University as an institutional research analyst. Kevin previously was a teaching and research psychologist at the University of California, Davis, where he earned his Ph.D. in social-personality psychology in September 2014. He received his BA and MS in psychology from DePaul University, which instilled a personal and professional commitment to social justice and community engagement that strongly aligns with USF's mission and values. Kevin completed the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy (ALA) in 2018. 

Kevin's empirical research in social and personal psychology has been published in the Annual Review of Psychology, Self and Identity, and Stigma and Health and presented at professional conferences, including the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP).

Shelly A. Helgeson, MPA

Assistant Director of Curriculum Management
sahelgeson@usfca.edu, ext. 6296

Shelly Helgeson joined the Office of Assessment and Accreditation Support (OAAS) as the Assistant Director of Curriculum Management in January 2018. She serves the USF community in managing the process of adding new programs and courses and/or making curriculum changes across the university’s five schools.  She also oversees state authorization for all of USF’s online degree programs. Prior to her role at OAAS, she was on staff in USF’s office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) for nearly six years. In this role, she promoted diversity inclusion and cultural exchange initiatives through international student advising and programming and collaborated with faculty, staff and students to keep the university in compliance with the U.S. federal immigration regulations that enable USF to admit and enroll international students.

Shelly was fortunate to receive her Master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco. Her peer-reviewed publications include articles in The Journal of Management for Global Sustainability and in the National Civic Review. She has presented her research at international conferences on a range of topics including, “Supporting Muslim Students in Urban vs. Rural Educational Institutions” at NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference and “Integral Ecology for Sustainable Social Impact” at the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools 22nd Annual World Forum. In what seems like another life, Shelly worked as a producer and editor on social-issue documentary films in New York City.

In her free time, Shelly enjoys providing social impact and evaluation consulting to non-profits organizations who provide educational opportunities to the world’s most marginalized populations. Her most recent collaboration is with Jesuit Worldwide Learning, an organization supported by Jesuit Refugee Services, that offers online higher education programs to refugees around the world.

Marisa C. McCarthy, MA

Project Manager
mcmccarthy2@usfca.edu, ext. 2091

Marisa C. McCarthy joined USF as the Project Manager in October 2017. Prior to joining USF, Marisa spent seven years working at Stanford University in the Office of the Provost and the Office of Community Standards. In the Office of Community Standards, Marisa served as an Assistant Dean of Students, managing the university’s judicial process. Marisa’s work in the Office of the Provost included helping to secure Stanford’s re-accreditation by WSCUC, supporting the Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Policy, Planning and Management, and staffing both the Provost’s Task Force and Advisory Group on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices.

Marisa supports USF’s accreditation and assessment efforts on campus by working with programs to close the loop on the university’s program reviews and yearly program assessments, and managing all projects related to accreditation, including organizing the school’s upcoming WSCUC site visit.

Marisa received a BA in English from Boston College, and an MA in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies, with a focus on Higher Education, from the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Her graduate work examined sexual violence and higher education.

Marisa is a San Francisco native and a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory and San Francisco Day School.