We welcome three new faculty to the college

John L. HospJohn L. Hosp
John L. Hosp joins the faculty as professor of special education in the Department of Student Development. He previously served as professor and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Iowa, where he also served as co-director of the Center for Disability Research and Education (CDRE). He received a BA in psychology from Hobart College in 1992, an MS/CAGS in school psychology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1995 and a PhD in education and human development from Vanderbilt University in 2002.

Hosp’s research focuses on aspects of implementing response to intervention (RtI), including disproportionate representation of minority students in special education and aligning assessment and instruction, particularly in the areas of curriculum-based measurement (CBM) and curriculum-based evaluation (CBE). He was inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education in 2013.

He was the editor of “Assessment for Effective Intervention,” a journal of the Hammill Institute on Disabilities, and he currently serves on the editorial boards of “Learning Disabilities: Research and Practice” and “Teaching Exception Children.” His books include “The ABC’s of CBM: A Practical Guide to Curriculum-Based Measurement, Designing and Conducting Research in Education” and “The ABC’s of Curriculum-Based Evaluation: A Practical Guide to Effective Decision Making.”

Michelle HospMichelle Hosp
Michelle Hosp was the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, prior to accepting the position of assistant professor in special education in the Department of Student Development here at the College of Education. She received a BS from Syracuse University in 1989; an MS and CAGS from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002, and a PhD from Vanderbilt University in 2002.

Hosp has a background in school psychology and special education. Her research is in the areas of assessment and reading. She has written two books on topics related to those topics: “The ABCs of curriculum-based evaluation: A practical guide to effective decision making” and “The ABCs of CBM: An easy guide for implementing curriculum-based measurement.” 

Hosp has worked as a trainer for the National Center on Progress Monitoring and the National Center on Response to Intervention and is currently on the technical review committee for the National Center on Intensive Intervention.

Scott MunroeScott L. Monroe 
Scott L. Monroe joins the faculty as assistant professor of research, educational measurement and psychometrics in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration.  He received a BA in political science and the JD from the University of California San Diego, an MS in mathematics education from Brooklyn College in 2007, and an MS in statistics in 2013 and a PHD in 2014 from the University of California Los Angeles.  He was a lecturer at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education until accepting a position here at UMass Amherst.

Monroe taught mathematics in Brooklyn, New York, and high school trigonometry and geometry in Culver City, California.

His research interests are in multidimensional item response theory; teacher evaluation; statistical computing; and model fit evaluation.  


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