Matthew DeSantis currently serves as the Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness at George Mason University. Before working in institutional effectiveness, Matthew taught political science full-time at the University of Texas at El Paso, High Point University, and Guilford Technical Community College (NC), where he was recognized for his outstanding teaching and was a finalist for the North Carolina Community College Faculty Member of the Year. At GTCC, Matthew was selected to lead assessment and accreditation initiatives for the institution’s upcoming SACSCOC reaffirmation, which included developing faculty-driven process for general education and program assessment. After a successful SACSCOC reaffirmation at GTCC, Matthew transitioned to leadership role in institutional effectiveness by accepting a position at Florida Southern College in which he oversaw accreditation and institutional research. Prior to joining George Mason, Matthew served as Director for Institutional Assessment at St. Edward’s in Austin, Texas where he provided support for the assessment of student learning outcomes at the course, program, general education, and university level in addition to leading Academic Program Review and survey initiatives. Matthew has presented his work on assessment at several national conferences and has had his perspective on assessment published in Insider Higher Ed and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment. He earned his BA in political science from Furman University and his MA in political science from the University of Florida. He lives in Fairfax, VA with his two Jack Russell Terriers, Maya and Kerri.
From the ages of 13 to 18, Matthew was a professional wrestling ring announcer for his dad’s independent professional wrestling organization (Pennsylvania Championship Wrestling) and at the age of 17 he actually got to guest ring announce for the WWF (now the WWE) at a show at Lehigh University in front of 7,000 people.