Honors for UMass Faculty and Alumni
Professor Stephen Sireci of the Research and Evaluation Methods Program has been elected to the Board of the National Council on Measurement in Education for a three-year term (2006 to 2009). As a Professor in REMP and Director of the Center for Educational Assessment in the School of Education at UMass, Professor Sireci has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and paper presentations, and is known for his research in evaluating test fairness, particularly issues related to content validity, cross-lingual assessment, test bias, and sensitivity review, and for his applications of multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis to the evaluation of test validity. According to Professor Hambleton, "Election to the board is just the first important step in recognizing Professor Sireci's contributions to the educational measurement field. His contributions have been outstanding, and he is held in great respect by those of us who work in the field. I am certain that in a few years he will be elected President of this important, national organization."
Two alumni of the University of Massachusetts Amherst doctoral program in psychometric methods and statistics, Mary Pitoniak and Michael Jodoin, both from the Educational Testing Service, will serve as the program chairpersons for the 2007 annual NCME meeting on April 10-12, 2007 in Chicago. Professor Ronald Hambleton, chairperson of REMP had this comment about the selections, "Invitations to serve as program chairpersons are typically made to outstanding persons in the field, persons who have been productive and have vision about the directions the assessment field is going or should be going, and so I am very proud to see that two of our recent graduates were selected for this important NCME role."
Dan Eignor from ETS, a 1979 graduate, has become the President of the National Council on Measurement in Education for the next year (2006-2007). Dan graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and has spent his career working in different capacities at the Educational Testing Service. He is a specialist in test score equating and language testing.
Anne Fitzpatrick, who is a senior researcher at Educational Testing Service, has recently been elected to be the next president of NCME (2007-2008). Dr. Fitzpatrick graduated from the program in 1980 and has worked for three of the major testing companies in the United States in her career, Harcourt Educational Measurement, CTB, and ETS. She is an expert in the areas of item response theory applications, and large-scale assessment, and has had a long history of contributions to the NCME.
Linda Cook, a 1979 graduate, has been elected to serve as Vice-President of Division D, of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Cook is a principal research scientist in Research and Development at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ, and also serves on a number of advisory groups. Her primary research interests are test equating and scaling, cross-cultural issues in testing including adapting and linking tests given to examinees of different languages and cultures, and developing fair and valid assessments for students with disabilities.
Kristen Huff, Director of K-12 Research for The College Board and a 2003 graduate of REMP, will serve as chairperson for the annual meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) in Kerhonkson, NY in October, 2006. In recent years she has been highly involved in the leadership of NERA, including Newsletter Co-Editor and currently, she is serving as a member of their Board of Directors. Co-chairing the program will be Professor Lynn Shelley of Westfield State College in Westfield, MA. Professor Stephen Sireci of UMass, the NERA President-Elect, had this to say, "I've been a member of NERA since I was a graduate student in 1990. I'm very excited to work with the NERA Board and my other colleagues within the organization to reach out to educational researchers throughout the northeast to help our organization grow and increase our diversity. With Kristen Huff and Lynn Shelley as co-chairs for the 2006 conference, we can expect an exciting and rewarding experience. Please tell everyone you know who is not a member to visit http://www.nera-education.org/ and join today!"