Psychometric Methods, Educational Statistics, and Research Methods (Psychometrics)
Faculty and Affiliates
Professor Joseph B. Berger
Joseph B. Berger is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Research and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he has also served as Department Chair since 2002. Dr. Berger is also affiliated with the Center for Education Policy, the Center for International Education, the Center for Educational Assessment and the Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research. He earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from Vanderbilt University. As a scholar, he uses quantitative and qualitative methods to study postsecondary educational leadership and organizational development. Most recently, his work is focused on improving tertiary educational systems and institutions in high need international contexts such as Egypt, Malawi, China, the Philippines, Russia, and Afghanistan. Domestically, his work focuses on the ways in which leadership, organizational, and policy structures influence college access and degree attainment, particularly for those students who have been traditionally under-represented in higher education. He has authored dozens of journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and served on the editorial boards of top journals such as Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, and Journal of College Student Retention. Dr. Berger has provided leadership for a variety of grants and contracts that have generated more than $10 million in external funding from agencies and foundations such as the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, National Science Foundation (NSF), and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His research has been recognized with awards from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).