C.A.R.E.S. Team

Matt FullerDr. Matthew Fuller is Associate Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Director of the Doctoral Program in Higher Education Leadership at Sam Houston State University. He is also the Director of the newly formed Center for Assessment, Research, and Educational Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Fuller has worked in higher education since the 1990s in a variety of administrative and professorial capacities. Dr. Fuller’s research interests focus on culture and leadership in educational organizations, threat assessment, law, behavioral intervention, and educational safety. Since 2005, he has served as the Principal Investigator of the Survey of Assessment Culture, an international, longitudinal survey of higher education faculty, administrators, and student affairs staff members’ perspectives on cultures of assessment. As Director of C.A.R.E.S., he leads a team of researchers in developing research on educational safety and threat assessment models. He is the PI on a statewide, census-style study of Texas educators’ needs pertaining to educational safety and victims’ services. Dr. Fuller has also advised policy makers on scholarly works and research into school and university safety, legal issues, history of higher education, and financial aid policy. He has authored numerous books, monographs, and articles and presented on a variety of topics throughout his career.


Stacie SzaalStacie Szaal is a Sam Houston State University alumna with a degree in International Business. She is also the Project Manager of the newly formed Center for Assessment, Research, and Educational Safety (C.A.R.E.S.) at Sam Houston State University. After graduating in May 2016, Ms. Szaal continued her management career but began to miss her time at SHSU. In October 2017, she returned to her alma mater as the campus catering coordinator. She has served the university in many areas including Student Affairs and Bearkat OneCard Services. She is a current Staff Council Representative and is very active on campus and in the SHSU Alumni community. As the Project Manager for C.A.R.E.S., she provides program oversite and guidance to ensure all requirements and deadlines are met.


Graduate Assistants

Katherine Linn

Katie Linn
Homeland Security Studies

Diana Awuor

Diana Awuor
Higher Education Leadership

Susanne Gaal

Susanne Gaal
Higher Education Leadership

Student Workers

Kayla Alaniz

Kayla Alaniz
Criminal Justice

Cherokee Ford

Cherokee Ford
Marketing

Haley Combs

Haley Combs
English

Krista callaway

Krista Callaway
Mass Communications