UMassAmherst: Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)
Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP)

Faculty and Affiliates

Distinguished University Professor Ronald K. Hambleton

Ronald K. Hambleton holds the titles of Distinguished University Professor, Co-Chairperson of the Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics (REMP) concentration, and Executive Director of the Center for Educational Assessment at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in the USA. He earned his B.A. degree (with Honors) in 1966 from the University of Waterloo in Canada with majors in mathematics and psychology, and an M.A. in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1969 from the University of Toronto with specialties in psychometric methods and statistics. He is a Fellow of Divisions 5 and 15 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and an active member in the American Educational Research Association, the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), the International Test Commission (ITC) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Professor Hambleton teaches graduate-level courses in educational and psychological testing, introductory and advanced item response theory and applications, classical test theory models and methods, and educational research methods including survey research, and offers seminars in applied measurement practices and special measurement topics. He has directed recently or co-directs currently, research contracts with the College Board, Educational Testing Service, Harcourt Educational Measurement, Microsoft, Massachusetts Department of Education, and Pearson Educational Measurement.

Professor Hambleton is the author or co-editor of eight books, and author or co-author of more than 600 research papers, reports, and reviews. He is currently conducting research on a number of topics: computer-based testing issues (e.g., detecting item exposure), new test designs (specifically, multi-stage test designs), validity of emerging item formats for assessment, development and validation of new methods for setting standards on performance assessments, methods and guidelines for adapting tests from one language and culture to another, design and field-testing of new approaches for reporting test scores, and technical issues in large-scale assessment programs (e.g., score reporting, and evaluation of standards). Professor Hambleton has presented (or co-presented) over 500 papers at regional, national, and international conferences and has been invited to give keynote addresses at meetings of the AERA, NCME, APA, NERA, NEGEA, NIH, FERA, IAAP, CLEAR, ATP, and EAPA, and several international assessment conferences sponsored by the International Test Commission.

Professor Hambleton served as editor or co-editor of many special issues of journals including the European Journal of Psychological Assessment in 1997 on the topic of advances in assessment practices. In 2000, he served as guest editor for an issue of Applied Psychological Measurement on the topic of performance assessment. He served as co-editor of recent issues of Language Testing (with John de Jong) on the topic of test adaptation and Applied Psychology: An International Review (with Tom Oakland) on the topic of international advances in assessment, in 2004. He is currently co-editing a special issue of the Journal of International Testing (scheduled for publication in 2008) with Jacques Gregoire on the topic of test adaptation methodology. A book, co-authored with H. Swaminathan and H. Jane Rogers, entitled Fundamentals of Item Response Theory, was published by Sage in 1991; an edited book with Jac Zaal, entitled Advances in Educational and Psychological Testing: Theory and Applications, was also published by Kluwer Academic Publishers in 1991. A co-edited book with Professor Tom Oakland entitled International Perspectives on Assessment was published by Kluwer in 1995. A co-edited book with Professor Wim J. van der Linden from the Netherlands entitled Handbook of Modern Item Response Theory was published by Springer-Verlag in 1997. A co-edited book with Peter Merenda and Charles Spielberger entitled Adapting Educational and Psychological Tests for Cross Cultural Assessment was published by Erlbaum in 2004. An edited book with David Bartram entitled Computer-Based Testing and the Internet was published by Wiley in the fall of 2005. Professor Hambleton is currently working with Bruno Zumbo and Steve Sireci on a graduate level text on the topic of psychometric methods and practices that will be published in 2009 by Erlbaum.

Professor Hambleton received the Career Achievement Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education for outstanding contributions to measurement theory and practice and leadership in the measurement field in 1993. Professor Hambleton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Umea in Sweden, and received the Chancellor's Medal from the University of Massachusetts for distinguished scientific research contributions in 1994. He received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts in 1997. He was promoted to the rank of Distinguished University Professor in 1998. In 2001, he was recognized by the International Test Commission for his 20 years of service and his contributions to improving testing practices around the world. He received the Outstanding Career Achievement Award from the Association of Test Publishers and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oviedo in Spain in 2003. In 2005, he was awarded the E. F. Lindquist Award from AERA and ACT for distinguished contributions to the field of educational assessment, and in 2006, he received the APA Division 5 Samuel J. Messick Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions.

Professor Hambleton serves currently as a member of the editorial boards for Applied Measurement in Education, Applied Psychological Measurement, Educational Research Quarterly, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and six international journals - Indian Journal of Vocational Education, Psicothema, Metodologia de las Ciencias del Comportamiento, International Journal of Testing, European Journal of Psychological Assessment, and Methodology, he was President of the NCME in 1990 and served as a member of their Board of Directors from 1983 to 1989; he is a Past-President of the ITC (1994-1998) and a Past-President of Division 5 of the APA (1997-1998); and he served as President of the Division of Measurement and Evaluation of the IAAP (1998-2002). Professor Hambleton served as chairperson (1993-1997) of an international committee of psychologists to develop guidelines for translating and adapting educational and psychological tests, and as chairman (1999) of the cultural review panel for an international project to assess school achievement (OECD/PISA 2000 project). Currently, he is chairing a new committee of the ITC to develop the second edition of guidelines for test adaptation (2005-2007), and serving as secretary and a member of council of the ITC.

Professor Hambleton serves currently on the national technical advisory committee to Pearson Educational Measurement and the international scientific board to the SHL Group (in England); the technical advisory committee to NORC's Early Childhood Longitudinal Study; the technical advisory committees on assessment to the Alaska, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia Departments of Education; and as past-Chairperson of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) technical advisory committee for the Uniform Certified Public Accountancy Examination. He also is a past-chairperson of the NCME Career Achievement Award Committee.

Professor Hambleton serves or has served as an author or a consultant to a number of organizations including Alpine Media, Blanchard Training and Development, Cisco, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, the National Board of Medical Examiners, Professional Examination Service, Graduate Management Admissions Council, the Law School Admissions Council, Educational Testing Service, American College Testing, College Board, National Center for Education Statistics, National Opinion Research Council, New England Research Institute, the SweSAT examination program in Sweden, the National Institute for Tests and Evaluation in Israel, the National Assessment Governing Board, and the National Examination Center in Indonesia.

September 26, 2008


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