Sireci named Distinguished Professor

Stephen G. Sireci was among three appointed Distinguished Professor following approval by the Board of Trustees at its June 20 meeting.
The title “Distinguished Professor” is conferred on select, highly accomplished faculty who have already achieved the rank of professor and who meet a demanding set of

In their nomination letter, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost Katherine Newman wrote, “Over the last 22 years, Dr. Sireci has built an international reputation as an expert on educational testing, especially test and measurement validity and accommodations for special populations. His 130 peer-reviewed publications have helped establish that reputation, leading to repeated contracts and grants with the U.S. Department of Education, the Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and Pearson Educational Measurement. Since 1995, he has attracted some $10 million in external funding.”

Sireci began his now-distinguished career at UMass in 1995 after receiving his Ph.D. from Fordham University and after holding positions as a psychometrician at the American Council on Education and at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2000 and promoted to the rank of professor just four years later. Currently he directs the Center for Educational Assessment.

Among his most influential publications is his 2007 seminal paper on validity theory and test validation in the American Educational Research Association’s pre-eminent journal Educational Researcher.

His numerous awards include the Chancellor’s Award and the Conti Faculty Fellowship Award on campus, and recognition as a fellow of the American Educational Research Association and as a fellow of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics.

One reviewer cites his “technical rigor [and] the clarity and quality of the language he uses in dealing with complex issues.”

Another writes, Sireci “epitomizes the scientist-practitioner and has used his professional collaborations with testing programs as a vehicle to disseminate best practices and new measurement methods that cannot only benefit academics and students, but also informs practitioners on how to improve their assessment programs.”

As a teacher in the College of Education department of educational policy, research and administration, Sireci wrote that over his career, his commitment to mentoring graduate students continues “but now I also realize I also have a responsibility to mentor junior faculty. Thus, over the past few years, I have tried hard to work with my colleagues to not only help them build their careers, but to help them build their careers in a way that simultaneously elevates our center and the students we serve.”

Sireci has served on more than two dozen national commission, blue-ribbon panels and advisory committees.

Honors include the Chancellor’s Award; fellow, Division of Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics, American Psychological Association; fellow, American Educational Research Association; Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity, UMass Amherst; Thomas Donlon Award for Distinguished Mentoring (Northeastern Educ. Research Assoc.); Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award, UMass Amherst; Leo D. Doherty Award for Outstanding Leadership & Service, Northeastern Educational Research Association; UMass Amherst Public Engagement Fellow.

Qualifications for the title of Distinguished Professor include outstanding research, teaching, and/or public service contributions that are widely recognized; an extraordinary level of productivity and impact in his/her field of study; a level of productivity and impact that has been demonstrated for an extended time; pre-eminence in his/her field; recognition by professional organizations for outstanding contributions; being a person who would be a major loss to the university if he/she were to leave; and being a role model for faculty and students.

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