Before serving at Clark College, Diehl was the Director of Institutional Research at Spokane Falls Community College. She brings expertise and experience to Clark College in institutional research and effectiveness evaluation, strategic planning, accreditation, environmental scanning, and educational outcomes assessment.
Diehl is past president of the Washington Association of Research and Planning (WARP). She led one of the eight state-wide workgroups to produce the Final Environmental Scanning Trend Document for the Washington State Workforce Education Council. She was a member of the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Student Achievement Framework for Assessment and Action committee, the Mission Study Technical Group, and the Go Forward Project. She currently serves on the SBCTC steering committee for the "Lift and Shift" project.
Diehl’s career began in research, planning, grants development, and legislative affairs in public health at the Spokane Regional Health District. She says she was drawn to work in public health because “I became increasingly conscious of the importance of higher education to health, quality of life, values of diversity, and economic viability. This stimulated my interest in the community college system as it provides open access to educational opportunities, especially among our most vulnerable populations.”
Shanda Diehl has been an adjunct instructor for business statistics. She has a bachelor of arts in sociology from Eastern Washington University and a master's degree in public health from the University of Washington.
Diehl says she is impressed by Clark's focus on student success. She noted, “Before I came to Clark College, the staff, faculty, and administrators all told me that Clark is a great place to work because everyone works together to ensure the student experience is successful. I have seen that every day since I arrived. At Clark College, it's all about the student learning.”