Brooke Kile, assistant director of institutional research, originally hails from Apple Valley, Minnesota, a suburb residents often follow with, “It’s about ten minutes south of Mall of America.” Kile first made the trek to Indianapolis for school, but since graduating, she’s made moves back to her home state, to Illinois, and now back to Indiana.
On campus, Kile can be found doing federal and state reporting as part of accreditation and data querying to support faculty, staff, students, and the institution as a whole. She works closely with the Office of Information Technology writing scripts to generate reports and get data. This year, Kile also taught one of the First Year Seminar courses.
Q&A with Brooke Kile
Q: Outside of work, what do you like to do?
A: When my husband and I first moved here, we bought a five bedroom house, but it’s just the two of us and our two cats. Our spare time is spent trying to do some home improvement projects, and I’m terrible at them. I also love to read. I am always reading something.
The city of Indianapolis has changed dramatically since I was a student here back in 2001. We are starting to kind of rediscover the city. I love the size of Indianapolis, even coming from Chicago, which is huge. I think Indianapolis is really a great city and has so much potential.
Q: What are your cats named?
A: Pandora and Link. We got them when we lived in Chicago. We lived on the twelfth floor and then the seventeenth floor, so when we moved here, they had never seen birds or leaves. Every spring my cats go nuts. They are loving having the outdoors.
Q: If you could trade places with one other faculty or staff member on campus, who would it be and why?
A: I think I would pick someone that works in Aramark. With my job, students, staff, and faculty become data points. When I was teaching this semester, it was good to be reminded that there are students behind all of the numbers with individual personalities. One of the biggest challenges of this job hasn’t been the technical part, it has been getting to know the unique nuances of Marian.