Ronald Hambleton of UMass Amherst Education Faculty Named Distinguished Professor by Trustees

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts School of Education professor Ronald K. Hambleton has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by University President William M. Bulger. The appointment was made following approval by the University’s Board of Trustees at its meeting today in Amherst. The honor recognizes Hambleton for outstanding academic distinction.

Hambleton is only the sixteenth faculty member on the Amherst campus to be awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. He was recommended for the honor by Chancellor David K. Scott, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Cora B. Marrett, and Dean of the School of Education Bailey W. Jackson. "Professor Hambleton has established himself as a world-renowned scholar in the field of educational measurement and assessment," says Jackson. "His remarkable accomplishments, high standard of quality, and significant contributions to the field attest to his distinguished leadership, expertise, and preeminent reputation."

An active researcher in the field of educational and psychological measurement for nearly 30 years, Hambleton has published four books and is author of more than 500 research papers, reports, and reviews. During his period at the University, Hambleton has received grants and contracts exceeding several million dollars from such sources as the United States Air Force, the National Science Foundation, and the Institute for International Research. He has received a career achievement award from the National Council on Measurement in Education, an honorary doctorate from the University of Umea, Sweden, and a Chancellor’s Medal from UMass.

Hambleton joined the University in 1969 and has directed the research and evaluation methods program in the department of educational policy research and administration since 1973. He teaches graduate level courses in educational and psychological testing, item response theory and applications, and classical test theory, plus seminars on assessment practices and educational research methods. In 1997, he was honored with an Outstanding Teacher Award from the School of Education. As director of the research and evaluation methods program, which he helped develop, Hambleton is credited with guiding the program to a level matched by few centers of measurement in the country.

Hambleton serves as consultant to and as a member of several technical advisory boards, including the technical advisory committee for the Volunteer National Tests in Reading and Mathematics, which are scheduled for administration in 2001. He also serves in a similar role as a member of the Massachusetts Department of Education’s technical advisory committee to the new Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System.