The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

School of Education - Educational Research Methodology

Overview of ERM Students

The graduate students of ERM are a talented and energetic group of students coming from a broad range of cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds. Currently, the ERM student body has over 50 students distributed across the M.S., Ph.D., and M.S./Ph.D. programs.

Culturally, the student body is highly diverse. Some ERM students are from the Greensboro area, neighboring communities within North Carolina, and numerous states across the U.S.A. Other students have come to ERM from other countries, including China, Malaysia, Kenya, Cameroon, Malawi, Peru, Taiwan, and Mauritius.

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The academic backgrounds of ERM students are highly varied. While some of our students come to ERM with notable training in mathematics and statistics, many students have more applied backgrounds in areas such as psychology, education, economics, engineering, business, and the health sciences. Despite this variability, all ERM students share a common interest in the fields of research methodology, educational measurement, program evaluation, and psychometrics.

ERM students also come from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Some of our students have entered ERM after recently obtaining an undergraduate degree, while other students come to ERM with many years of experience working in professional fields such as teaching, assessment, evaluation, data management and analysis, research, and public and educational policy.

Students in the M.S. Program

Michael Graham (M.S. student since 2010)

B.S., NC State University, Math & Science Education (1996)

Areas of Interest: Undecided

Stacey Zimmerman (M.S. student since 2011)

M.S., NC Agricultural & Technical State University, Mathematics Secondary Education (1997) B.S., NC Agricultural & Technical State University, Mathematics Secondary Education (1993)

Areas of Interest: Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), Computer-based Testing

Joshua MacInnes (M.S. student since 2013)

B.S., University of Florida, Industrial & Systems Engineering (2006)

Areas of Interest: Measurement and Evaluation

Alia Henderson (M.S. student since 2013)

B.A., Sociology and Psychology, Duke University (2006)

Areas of Interest: Undecided

Jeffrey Alexander (M.S. student since 2013)

B.S., Mathematics Education – Secondary, North Carolina A&T

Areas of Interest: Measurement

Eric Altman (M.S. student since 2013)

M.A., English, Appalachian State Univeristy (2010); B.A., English, Appalachian State University (2007)

Areas of Interest: Assessment and measurement

Michael Raper (M.S. student since 2013)

B.A., Psychology, Guilford College (2009)

Areas of Interest: Measurement, psychometrics, and assessment

J. B. Weir (M.S. student since 2013)

MFA, Creative Writing, UNCG (2001); B.A., English, University of Maryland (1998)

Areas of Interest: Assessment and measurement

Saed Qunbar (M.S. student since 2013)

B.A., Psychology, UNCG (2012)

Areas of Interst: Psychometrics, statistical modeling, program evaluation

Cherie Avent (M.S. student since 2014)

M.A., Communication Studies, UNCG

Areas of Interest: Assessment and program evaluation

Jennifer Cain (M.S. student since 2014)

B.S., Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Areas of Interest: Research methodology

Juanita Hicks (M.S. student since 2014)

B.A., Psychology, UC Riverside (2012); M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine (2014)

Areas of Interest: Research methodology

Justin Long (M.S. student since 2014)

B.A., Psychology, UNCG

Areas of Interest: Program evaluation, psychometrics

Kristin Medlin (M.S. student since 2014)

B.A., Biology, Appalachian State; M.P.A., UNCG

Areas of Interest: Program evaluation and evaluation of community-university partnerships and nonprofit management and programming

Samantha Schuler (M.S. student since 2014)

B.S., Toccoa Falls College

Areas of Interest: Research Methodology

Kyle Scott (M.S. student since 2014)

B.S., Psychology, Christopher Newport University (2013)

Areas of Interest: Psychometrics, statistics, measurement, program evaluation

Myrah Stockdale (M.S. student since 2014)

B.S., Business Administration; M.S., Sports Administration

Areas of Interest: Item response theory, Rasch measurement, program evaluation

Tyler Strachan (M.S. student since 2014)

B.S., Psychology, Middle Tennessee State University

Areas of Interest: Measurement and statistics

Kim Tidwell (M.S. student since 2014)

B.S., Mathematics, Arkansas State University

Areas of Interst: Psychometrics, program evaluation, statistics

 

Students in the M.S./Ph.D. Program

Kurt Reutter (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2008)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology (2009) B.A., Oberlin College, History (2003)

Areas of Interest: Item Response Theory, Polytomous Item Response Theory, Computer Adaptive Testing, Statistics

Lauren Fluegge (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2008)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology (2009) B.A., Catawba College, Psychology (2007)

Areas of Interest: Validity, Both Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Scale and Assessment Development

Lucas Stern (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2009)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology (2011) MAT, UNC Chapel Hill, Mathematics Education (2006) B.A., UNC Chapel Hill, Mathematics (2005)

Areas of Interest: Computer Adaptive Testing, Item Response Theory

Aundrea Carter (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2009)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology (2011) B.S., Elon University, Psychology with a concentration in Educational Psychology (2008) B.S., Elon University, Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Statistics (2008)

Areas of Interest: Research and Evaluation in Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations, Evaluation of K-12 and Higher Education Programs, Technology in Evaluation and Assessment, Advancements in the Teaching of Research and Evaluation Methods

Fei Zhan (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2009)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology (2011) B.A., Soochow University, Business English (2005)

Area of Interest: Item Response Theory

Robert Furter (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2010)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (2012) B.S., University of Georgia, Psychology and a minor in Statistics (2008)

Areas of Interest: Automated Test Assembly, Computer Adaptive Multistage Testing, Applied Statistics/Quantitative Methods

Bruce McCollaum (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2010)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology (2012) M.A., The University of New England (Australia), Applied Linguistics (2006) B.A., The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Psychology (1994)

Areas of Interest: Cognitive-Linguistic Testing and Test Construction, Assessment in Higher Education, Teaching and Assessment, Language Testing, Computer Based Testing and Test Assembly, Item Banking

Gilbert Ngerano (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2010)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation (2012) B.Ed., Kenyatta University, Secondary Education (1995)

Areas of Interest: Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), Computer-based Testing, Construction of Survey Research Instruments, Item Response Theory

Emma Sunnassee (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2011)

Graduate Certificate, UNC Charlotte, Gerontology (2010) B.S., UNC Charlotte, Psychology and minors in Sociology and Gerontology (2009)

Areas of Interest: Program Assessment and Evaluation, Measurement, Psychometrics, Computer Adaptive Testing, Language Testing

Jonathan Rollins (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2011)

B.S., Concord University, Secondary Education: Biological Sciences (9-Adult) (2010) Content Certification: Concord University, General Science (5-9) (2010) B.S., Concord University, Biology Liberal Arts (2010)

Areas of Interest: Item Response Theory Models including Time Parameters, R Programming Language, Simulation Studies, Model-Fitting

Lindsey Varner (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2011)

B.A., Wake Forest University, Psychology and minor in Spanish (2007)

Areas of Interest: Evaluation of K-16 Educational Programs, Application of Statistical Methods in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Keshia Martin (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2011)

M.Ed, UNC Greensboro, Higher Education Administration (2005) B.A., Wake Forest University, Communication and Sociology (2001)

Areas of Interest: Culturally Responsive Evaluation, Higher Education Assessment

Kshawna Askew (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2012)

B.S., Winston Salem State University, Chemistry and a concentration in Pre-Med (2009)

Areas of Interest: Evaluation, Measurement, Assessment

Shuying Sha (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2012)

M.S., Peking University, Cognitive and Developmental Psychology (2004) B.A., Beijing Normal University, Philosophy (2001)

Areas of Interest: Assessment and Measurement, Cognitive Diagnostic Modeling, Item Response Theory, Mixed Method Research Methodology

Dana Turner (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2012)

M.S., UNC Charlotte, Public Health (2009) B.S., Campbell University, Biology (2007)

Areas of Interest: Instrument Development, Program Evaluation, Health Education Research

Yanyan Fu (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2013)

B.S. Central Michigan University, Psychology; M.A., Experimental Psychology at Western Carolina University.

Areas of Interest: Factor Analysis, Measurement invariance across individualistic and collectivistic cultures, Structural Equation Modeling, Cognitive Diagnostic Modeling

Ciji Heiser (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2014)

B.A., International Relations; M.Ed., Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel, Kent State University

Areas of Interest: Measurement, assessment, program evaluation

Greg Higgins (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2014)

A.A., Mohave Community College (2004); B.A., Psychology, UNCG (2007); M.A., Clinical Health Psychology, Appalachian State University (2010)

Areas of Interest: Psychometrics

Jennifer Jaynes (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2014)

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, History; M.Ed., Meredith College

Areas of Interest: K-12 Assessment, Program Evaluation

 

Students in the Ph.D. Program

Carolyn Gilbert (Ph.D. student since 2009)

M.S., UNC Greensboro, Educational Research Methodology B.A., California State University, Fullerton, Bachelor of Arts, Sociology Multiple Subjects K-6 Teaching Credential: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Areas of Interest: Diversity Issues and Testing, Equity, and Social Justice

Bradley Ungurait (Ph.D. student since 2009)

M.S., Vanderbilt University, Molecular Biology (2003) B.S., Tennessee Technological University, Secondary Education concentration in Biology (1993)

Areas of Interest: K-12 Measurement, Evaluation

Jia Ma (Ph.D. student since 2010)

B.S., Emporia State University, Chemistry (2007)

Areas of Interest: Item Response Theory, Assessment Engineering, Computer Adaptive Testing

Cecilia Sisk (Ph.D. student since 2010)

M.S., University of Minnesota, Human Resources Management and a concentration in Minority Groups Job Mobility and Discrimination (2007) B.A., Salem College, Psychology and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Business Administration (2002)

Areas of Interest: Methodological Issues in Large-Scale Assessments, Equivalence of Item Difficulties Across International Assessments, Estimation of Linking Errors Across Changing Populations

Cheryl Thomas (Ph.D. student since 2010)

M.Ed, University of West Indies, Education (2006) B.Ed, University of West Indies, Education (1995)

Areas of Interest: Undecided

Shureka Hargrove (Ph.D. student since 2011)

M.S., NC Central University, Mathematics (2009) B.S., Saint Augustine’s College, Computer Science (2005)

Areas of Interest: Assessment Development, Item Development, Program Evaluation

Shufen Hung (Ph.D. Student since 2011)

M.A., Vanderbilt University, Economics (1990) B.A.,Feng Chia University, Finance & Taxation (1987)

Areas of Interest: Undecided

Fu Liu (Ph.D. student since 2011)

M.A., University of Georgia, Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (2008) B.A., University of Northeast Forestry University in China, English (1996)

Areas of Interest: Multidimensional Item Response Theory, Diagnostic Measurement, Bayesian Estimation, Computerized Adaptive Testing Test Equating

Thomas McCoy (Ph.D. student since 2011)

M.S., Clemson University, Mathematical Sciences (2004) B.S., UNC Asheville, Applied Mathematics (2001)

Areas of Interest: Structural Equation Modeling, Instrument Development, Methods for Categorical Data

Elizabeth Reilley (Ph.D. student since 2012)

MBA, UNC Greensboro, Business Administration (2011) B.A., Guilford College, Philosophy and Community and Justice Studies (2004)

Areas of Interest: Institutional Research, Program Assessment and Evaluation (specifically college access issues involving low income and potential first generation college students), Structural Equation Modeling, Practical Application of Statistics

Kelli Samonte (Ph.D. student since 2012)

M.A., James Madison University, Psychological Sciences and concentration in Quantitative (2012) B.A., UNC Wilmington, Psychology (2010)

Areas of Interest: Measurement, Statistics, Multilevel Modeling

Allison Ames (Ph.D. student since 2012)

M.S., Virginia Tech, Agricultural and Applied Economics (2005) B.S.,University of Georgia, Environmental Economics and minor in Statistics (2003)

Areas of Interest: Applied Quantitative Methods, Differential Item Functioning, Polytomous IRT models

Daniel Bowen (Ph.D. student since 2012)

M.A., UNC Chapel Hill, Educational Psychology Measurement and Evaluation (2011) B.S., UNC Wilmington, Operational Management and Information Systems (2001)

Areas of Interest: Differential Item Functioning, Equating, Standard Setting, High-stakes Assessments

Nurliyana Bukhari (Ph.D. student since 2012)

M.S., University of Miami, Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (2012) B.S., Universiti Utara Malaysia, Information Technology (2009)

Areas of Interest: Language Testing, Item Response Theory, Computer Adaptive Testing

Oksana Naumenko (Ph.D. student since 2013)

M.A., James Madison University, Psychological Sciences: Quantitative Concentration (2013); B.S., James Madison University, Psychology, minor in Statistics (2010)

Areas of Interest: Performance Assessment and Measurement, Language Testing, Item Response Theory

Austin Cavanaugh (M.S./Ph.D. student since 2014)

B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Psychology; M.A., East Carolina University, Psychology

Areas of Interest: Educational Measurement, Program Evaluation, Educational Disparities

Robyn Thomas (Ph.D. student since 2014)

B.S., Biology, University of Alabama; M.Ed.T., Secondary Science Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Areas of Interest: Measurement, outcomes assessment, diagnostic and formative assessment, computer adaptive testing, educational equity, K-12 and higher education

ERM Graduate Student Association

Ensuring a high quality educational experience of ERM students is founded on continuous communication between ERM students and the ERM faculty concerning the educational experiences of ERM students, as well as continuous interaction, communication, and good fellowship among ERM students. It is through these activities that ERM is better able to enhance its curriculum to meet the needs of ERM students, while also ensuring that ERM students have a fulfilling experience while enrolled at UNCG. To facilitate this communication and interaction, ERM has established the ERM Graduate Student Association (ERM-GSA).

The specific goal of ERM-GSA is to enhance the educational experiences of ERM students by:

  • Facilitating interaction, communication, and good fellowship among ERM students
  • Supporting and facilitating a positive educational experience of ERM students
  • Facilitating communication between ERM students and ERM faculty with respect to the educational experiences and needs of ERM students and ways in which the educational experiences of ERM students can be enhanced
  • Representing ERM students in deliberations and decisions pertaining to the educational requirements and experiences of ERM students

All ERM students are members of ERM-GSA, and are invited to attend all functions and events associated with ERM-GSA.

Activities of ERM-GSA

Activities of the ERM GSA include:

(i) Meetings with ERM Chair: ERM-GSA holds structured meetings with the ERM Department Chair to discuss ERM activities, policies, and procedures, as well as to provide feedback to the ERM Department Chair concerning how to improve the educational experience of ERM students. There are six meetings each year; three in the fall semester and three in the spring semester.

(ii) Coordinate Social Events: The Social Chair and Committee of ERM-GSA serves as the lead organizer of ERM social and philanthropic events, which include:

  • ERM Fall Kick-Off Party
  • Volunteer Service Activity
  • ERM Holiday Party
  • Annual ERM Student vs. Faculty Bowling Match
  • Annual ERM Student & Faculty Greensboro Grasshoppers Baseball Game
  • ERM Student Pub-Nights
  • Additional social events

(iii) Attending UNCG Graduate Student Association (GSA) Meetings: The elected GSA Representatives attend GSA meetings, take notes on important information from these meetings for ERM graduate students, and represent the ERM department by voicing any ERM questions and/or concerns at the GSA meeting and making and/or voting on motions for change.

(iv) Attending all ERM Departmental Meetings with Faculty: The president elect attends all ERM Departmental Meetings with Faculty, takes notes on important information from these meetings for ERM graduate students, and represents the ERM students by voicing any ERM student questions and/or concerns and promoting strong and collaborative faculty and student interactions.

(v) Dissemination of Information to ERM Students: The elected officers of ERM-GSA (President, Vice-President, Social Committee Chair, and GSA Representatives) disseminate information about events, policies, and procedures to ERM students via e-mail, flyers, and at meetings with the ERM Chair.

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2013 ERM Student vs. Faculty Bowling Match

Current ERM-GSA Officers

ERM-GSA has five elected Officers: President, Vice-President, Social Committee Chair, and two GSA Representatives (there are also two GSA Alternate positions that are filled as needed by volunteer ERM students). Elections for these positions occur in the spring of each year, and each Officer serves a one-year term. The current ERM-GSA Officers are:

President: Keshia Martin

Vice President: Oksana Naumenko

Social Committee Chair: Josh MacInnes

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Representatives: Saed Qunbar and J. B. Weir

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Rep Alternates: Shuying Sha and Emma Sunnassee

Student Forms and Handbooks

Handbooks and forms that apply to all ERM graduate students are listed below. You can click on the link to download the document.

Handbooks and forms associated with the M.S. degree are listed below. You can click on the link to download the document.

Handbooks and forms associateed with the Ph.D. degree are listed below. You can click on the link to download the document.

ERM Library

The ERM library houses a collection of books pertaining to research methodology, statistics, program evaluation, assessment, item response theory, psychometrics, and research design. The library’s collection is available exclusively to ERM students and faculty. Books may be checked out for a period of three weeks at a time.

Exploring the ERM Library Catalog

The ERM Libary Catalog is an updated listing of all of the holdings of the ERM Library. This catalog can be accessed by clicking here.

How to Check Out a Book?

To check out a book from the ERM Library, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to the ERM Book Checkout Form by clicking here.

Step 2: Complete the ERM Book Checkout Form and click “Submit” on the checkout form. The checkout form requires you to specify the “Book ID Number”. This number can found in two places: (a) on the barcode located on the book itself, and (b) in the ERM Library Catalog.

Step 3: Pick up the book from Rachel Hill.

If you have any questions about the checkout process, please contact Rachel Hill for assistance.

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