Center for Applied Research

Our Staff

Terri Manning
Terri M. Manning, EdD
Terri M. Manning, EdD, is the Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Founder, Center for Applied Research. Dr. Manning currently organizes the Annual Institute on Best Practices in Institutional Effectiveness. She spent 10 years at the university level where she taught graduate classes in research methods, assessment, and program evaluation before coming to CPCC in 1998. She has been an outcome evaluation trainer for United Way, Area Research Chair for the Charlotte Chamber, president of the North Carolina Community College Planning and Research Organization, and has worked on many community-based research projects in the areas of literacy, workforce development, early childhood education and mental and physical health. She has worked with AACC training their commissions on future issues that are relevant to community colleges, and has been a keynote speaker for the League for Innovation and is currently a part of their speaker's bureau. Currently she is working with the Lumina Foundation to help at-risk college students improve their opportunities for success in college and is a national speaker on the millennial generation. She has worked as a data facilitator for five years with the Achieving the Dream initiative, conducted external evaluations for additional colleges and written publications to guide the work of the initiative. Additionally, she has done institutional effectiveness consulting with multiple colleges and serves on visiting teams for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Michelle Wilson
Michelle D. Wilson, M.A.A.
Michelle D. Wilson, M.A.A. is Director of Development/Project Manager for the Center of Applied Research. She has worked in a variety of settings focusing on issues such as access to systems including health and education. Michelle has spent over 18 years conducting community level research, evaluation, and program development and specializes in research and evaluation design and implementation in complex and challenging setting. Michelle is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative methods. Michelle earned a Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from North Carolina A&T State University.
Jordan Lyerly
Jordan E. Lyerly, PhD, MSPH
Jordan E. Lyerly, PhD, MSPH is a Senior Research Analyst for the Center for Applied Research. Previously, she has worked in academic research and healthcare settings, conducting quantitative research primarily in the areas of health behaviors and obesity. Her areas of expertise include data analysis and quantitative methods, survey development and validation (i.e., psychometrics), health promotion, health behaviors, and obesity. Additionally, she has published several research articles in peer reviewed journals. Jordan earned a Master's degree in Public Health and a doctorate in Health Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Bobbie Frye
Dr. Bobbie J. Frye, EdD
Dr. Bobbie J. Frye, EdD is currently the Executive Director of Institutional Research at CPCC and Senior IR Consultant for CFAR. She conducts research within higher education in order to provide information which supports planning, policy formation and decision making. Bobbie also serves as IR consultant for CPCC's Center for Applied Research. Her current work involves developing and implementing an IR data-mart solution at community colleges across the country and in increasing the research capacity of IR in the community college sector.
Paul Earls
Paul Earls, BS
Paul Earls, BS, is a Senior Research Analyst at CPCC. He provides technical expertise for the Center for Applied Research. With a degree in information technology and extensive experience with database management and SAS programming, Paul provides valuable technical support for the Center. He has worked with many colleges across the United States to deliver the IR Solutions/JumpStart for Institutional Research programs.
Brian Kurilla
Brian Kurilla, PhD
Brian Kurilla, PhD, is a psychological scientist with over ten years of experience in higher education and quantitative research and analysis. His research has been published in a number of highly respected scientific journals, including Memory & Cognition, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, and Brain Research. His work has also been featured in a collection of essays on human memory published by Palgrave Macmillan. As an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Brian has taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses, including General Psychology, Sensation & Perception, Learning & Memory, and Research Methods. Brian received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY, and he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Illinois in Urban-Champaign, IL.
Lynn Williams, AAS
Lynn Williams, AAS, is the Office Coordinator for the Center for Applied Research. She provides technical expertise for Center projects. She works with several software packages to create databases, presentations, and on-line and paper surveys. She coordinates the on-line registration and payment process for the Annual Institute on Best Practices in Institutional Effectiveness. Lynn worked on the database of major employers and the regional database of manufacturers and metalworking firms for The Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. She also worked on the graduate follow-up survey for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Marilyn W. Smalls, Administrative Assistant
Marilyn W. Smalls, Administrative Assistant, for Planning and Research, provides both clerical and data entry support to professionals in the Center for Applied Research, Institutional Effectiveness, Institutional Research and Quality Assurance at Central Piedmont Community College. Marilyn plays a vital role in supporting program operations.