Dr. Justin Bruner is a Mixed Methods Data Analyst for Student Success within the Office of the APUE.  Dr. Bruner serves as an analyst and researcher for action oriented predictive analytics and student success initiatives; assists and leads APUE through academic policy reviews for student success; supports and leads APUE unit self-reviews and assessments; and assists with annual APUE and student success events and report writing. To accomplish these objectives, he regularly engages with MSU departments regarding research, student success outcomes, and strategies for measurement, as well as supports the partnerships that MSU has with the University Innovation Alliance and Big 10 Academic Alliance institutions. Dr. Bruner also partners with Student Affairs and other campus units to advise/assist with assessment projects and participates regularly in the MSU Learning Analytics group. Dr. Bruner utilizes both quantitative and qualitative approaches to APUE assessments and research with an equity mindset.

Dr. Bruner is passionate about closing the opportunity gaps for historically underserved students by bringing together high impact curriculum, active learning pedagogy, and effective data analytics. Prior to working at APUE, Dr. Bruner worked as an Academic Specialist in the Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science and College of Social Science where he held responsibilities related to curriculum and assessment for ISS courses and undergraduate CSS courses with a specific focus on measuring inequitable outcomes in these courses. Prior to returning to MSU, Dr. Bruner served as a Teaching and Learning consultant at Central Michigan University where he helped lead a campus wide active learning initiative that trained faculty in active learning pedagogy, created an online resource repository for instructors, and supported the construction of new active learning classrooms. In his first appointments at MSU, Dr. Bruner worked as a researcher on an international collaboration to increase the engagement of historically underserved students in secondary science classrooms in the United States and Finland, instructed courses in elementary and secondary teacher education, and served as special programs instructor in the English Language Center. Prior to coming to MSU, Dr. Bruner worked as a high school social studies teacher.  

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