Stephen Sireci, College of Education professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, was awarded the 2010 Thomas F. Donlon Memorial Award for Distinguished Mentoring from the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA.) The award is given in recognition of Donlon’s long and valued contributions to NERA, particularly as a mentor, and is awarded to an individual identified for distinguished mentoring.
According to NERA, Sireci, who has been an active member of NERA for more than 20 years and was himself mentored by others in NERA, continues the NERA tradition of mentoring by consistently bringing his students to conferences to further their professional development. He is praised by his students for focusing on their strengths, always providing sound advice and support for their work, and helping them in non-academic ways, such as finding housing, navigating a new culture, and opening his home to them. His own former mentor described Sireci this way: “While Steve has developed professionally and has risen to the top of his profession, internally he has stayed the same kind, generous, friendly and energetic person.”
Sireci is the director of the College of Education’s Center for Educational Assessment. He is the author of more than 100 publications and conference papers, and has served on numerous advisory boards. He is known for his research in evaluating and facilitating test fairness particularly involving issues of test bias and cross-lingual assessment.