CARES 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 (CARES) 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 CARES, 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 HaynesStacie Haynes 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 (CARES) 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 Senate Representative and is very active on campus and in the SHSU Alumni community. As the Project Manager for CARES, she provides program oversight and guidance to ensure all requirements and deadlines are met.

Jayde CasperJayde Casper is the Administrative Assistant for the Center of Assessment, Research, and Educational Safety (CARES) at Sam Houston State University. She previously attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and worked for the State of Kansas in Workforce Services from January 2015-December 2019. As the Administrative Assistant for CARES, she will assist with daily operations for the center.


Graduate Assistants

Kristen Barho

Kristen Barho
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Susanne Gaal

Susanne Gaal
Higher Education Leadership


Student Workers

Deanna Ammann

Deanna Ammann
Psychology