Matthew Munyon has made it his mission to understand the story behind people, places, and things. In his early-20s, he became a counselor to help people tell their stories, one session at a time. In his late-20s, he helped Florida and U.S. leaders understand data and policies that explained what made families strong. In his mid-30s, he had an epiphany. The stories behind data could help him understand the past, present, and future of many people, places, and things simultaneously. Thus, Munyon began his journey to become a data and decision scientist.
Since 2006, Munyon has served at UCF as a researcher, faculty member, and administrator. Currently, within the College of Health Profession and Sciences, he directs the Office of Planning and Knowledge Management (PKM) in the Office of the Dean. Through advanced data analytics and visualization, he helps others understand the stories that their data are ready to tell. He joins fellow leaders in determining and implementing data-informed changes including actions, policies, procedures, and strategies. He collaborates with faculty in this and other colleges and institutions through the peer-reviewed scholarship life cycle such as co-PI on grants, co-writer of manuscripts, and co-facilitator of national and international presentations. Munyon promotes that data is an ongoing narrative that must be observed, assessed, communicated, and acted upon by all those woven into its stories.
- Graduate Certificate, Advanced Quantitative Methodologies, University of Central Florida
- Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Education, University of Central Florida
Areas of Specialty
- Advanced analytics and statistics (SPSS, SAS, SmartPLS, MiniTab, R, Python)
- Data visualizations (Tableau, SAS Enterprise Miner, SPSS, Advanced Excel, R, Python)
- Data narratives (scholarly written and oral communication via reports, manuscripts, proposals, presentations)
- Organized project management (Gantt charts, task tracking, timely and transparent team communication and planning)
- Research methodology (quantitative and qualitative)