Dr. Ayesha Boyce and Dr. Jill Chouinard, as well as 5 UNCG graduate students, recently attended and presented at the 2015 American Evaluation Association (AEA) conference, Exemplary Evaluations in a Multicultural World, in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Ric Luecht presented a paper entitled “Design and Implementation of a Large-Scale 1-3-4 Computerized Adaptive Multistage Testing System for Reading and Listening” at the 5th International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing (IACAT) conference. The IACAT conference was held at the Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, 14-16 September.
Dr. Ayesha Boyce will be presenting a free webinar (9/24/2015, 3 – 4:30pm) introducing the Values-Engaged, Educative (VEE) evaluation approach. The webinar will be hosted by the RMC Research Corporation. They are funded by the National Science Foundation to support the needs of the evaluation community in the NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP) program. The webinar is free and open to the public.
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ayesha Boyce has been hired as Assistant Professor of Program Evaluation Methodology in ERM, beginning in August of 2015. Dr. Boyce received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 under the mentorship of Dr. Jennifer Greene. Prior to coming to UNCG Dr. Boyce gained extensive evaluation experience at the Illinois Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Initiative where she evaluated programs funded by the National Science Foundation, including two Science and Technology Centers, one Center for Chemical Innovation, one Network for Computational Nanotechnology Node, eight Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs, two Research Experiences for Teachers programs, and three Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships. She has also evaluated programs funded by the National Institutes of Health, Arizona Department of Education, Title VI, Illinois P-20 Council, and Spencer and Teagle foundations.
We all know that ERM graduates are highly competitive on the job market, and this year has been no exception. Indeed, in the past few months alone, several of our students have been recruited into full-time professional positions while still students in ERM.
ERM alumnus Dr. Zhan Shu received the UNCG School of Education’s Early Career Award at a recent awards ceremony held on UNCG campus. Dr. Shu received his Ph.D. from ERM in 2010, specializing in educational measurement and psychometrics. Since graduating from ERM, Dr. Shu has become a nationally recognized expert in testing and measurement, currently holding the position of Psychometrician with Educational Testing Service (ETS). At ETS, Dr. Shu provides psychometric expertise to large-scale assessment development, delivery, and scoring. Dr. Shu began his career with ETS in 2010 as an Associate Psychometrician. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Psychometrician, overseeing statistical and psychometric analyses associated with the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) assessment. In addition to his highly accomplished work with ETS, Dr. Shu has also been an active researcher, with several published articles in prestigious academic journals, including Applied Psychological Measurement and Psychometrika, as well as numerous research presentations at the annual conferences of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Psychometric Society. Congratulations Zhan!
Jonathan Rollins, a Ph.D. Student in ERM, has been appointed the 2015 Graduate Student Columnist for the NCME Newsletter. In this role, Jonathan will be sharing keen insights into specific issues facing graduate students in measurement, and disseminating important information about the graduate student experience to the greater NCME community (no pressure, Jonathan). Jonathan’s first column can be found in the latest issue of the NCME Newsletter. Be sure to check out Jonathan’s columns in the remaining 2015 issues. Congratulations Jonathan on this appointment!
By Kelly Hannum, ERM Alumnus ‘03
A few years ago I turned 40. It dawned on me that what had seemed like a limitless number of years ahead of me to build a career and have an impact, suddenly wasn’t. I probably had about 20 or so years of work left. Having already worked 20+ years, I was at the halfway mark of my career. I was ready to make a change. I found myself wanting to do something that was deeply focused on evaluation and in service of a greater good; something that blended teaching, practice, and research and that cut across sectors. Not many places were hiring for the job I wanted to do, so I decided to create it myself. I founded an organization called Aligned Impact LLC.
First-year ERM M.S. student Myrah Stockdale has received the 2015 Graduate Student Travel Scholarship from the Cognition and Assessment Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Myrah was awarded this scholarship in recognition of her paper Assessment of Global Engagement, Intercultural Knowledge & Competence, and Student Outcomes of Funded Undergraduate Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of AERA being held in Chicago in April of 2015.
ERM’s Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS) has recently partnered with the SERVE Center for Evaluation to establish the Nonprofit Evaluation Support Program (NESP). Many nonprofit organizations have little in-house capacity for conducting program evaluation activities critical to informing program effectiveness and program improvement. NESP aims to fill this need by providing a range of program evaluation services and capacity-building support to nonprofit organizations in the region. In its first six months of operation, NESP has already had an impact on our community, providing services to numerous nonprofit organizations, including: Read the rest of this entry »