Professor Craig Wells named UMass School of Education Outstanding Teacher for 2007-2008
The College Outstanding Teacher Award program was instituted as a complement to the Distinguished Teaching Awards given by the Graduate School. While classroom teaching is the fundamental criterion, this award also actively values supervision of field/clinical experiences, supervision of research, and mentoring professional publications and presentations. The purpose of the award is to honor individual faculty members for their teaching and mentoring accomplishments within their own colleges. The $1,000 awards are given during the spring semester, and recipients are recognized at Undergraduate Commencement.
Wells is a 2004 graduate from the University of Wisconsin who joined the Research and Evaluation Methods Program as Assistant Professor in the fall of 2004. He also serves as Associate Director in the Center for Educational Assessment, and teaches courses in statistical methods and structural equation modeling. His research interests include the study of non-parametric item response models, detection of differential item functioning or item bias, and assessment of model fit.