Stephen G. Sireci, professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was one of seven UMass Amherst faculty members to receive a 2009 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity. UMass Amherst Chancellor Robert C. Holub presented the award during the Faculty Convocation, Oct. 2, in Stockbridge Hall.
The Awards were created to annually recognize faculty achievements and current campus initiatives that bring national and international renown to the University. The awardees are chosen by Chancellor Holub based on the recommendation of a Nomination Committee.
Dr. Sireci is internationally known and respected for his work to advance fair, useful and efficient educational assessment practices. During his 14 years at the College of Education, he has focused on issues such as test content validity, test bias, cross-lingual assessment, standard setting and sensitivity review. He is the director and co-founder of the School’s Center for Educational Assessment which conducts research and provides training in the areas of psychometrics, research methods and educational statistics. The Center is a valuable resource for educational policy makers and others who use tests to make decisions regarding individuals, organizations or institutions.
Dr. Sireci is the author of more than 100 publications and conference papers that have appeared in respected journals such as Applied Measurement in Education and Applied Psychological Measurement. He has generated more than $6 million in externally-funded grants and contract projects. He serves on many national commissions, editorial and advisory boards. He is a senior scientist for the Gallup organization.