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ERM Faculty

Members of the ERM faculty have extensive expertise in research methodology, educational measurement, program evaluaiton, psychometrics, and data analysis. Their expertise across these areas serves a foundational component to the delivery of ERM’s Academic Programs and the practical experiences offered to ERM students. This page provides an overview of the faculty of ERM, with relevant contact information and areas of expertise. For more information about a faculty member’s professional background and associated research, click on the Full Profile Page link associated with the faculty member.

Faculty Profiles

Terry Ackerman, Ph.D.

Position: Full Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Assessment (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: taackerm@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Educational measurement and practical applications of item response theories, including computerized adaptive testing, test construction, equating, differential item/test functioning and ability estimation; theory and application of multidimensional item response theory; applied statistics.
Dr. Ackerman’s Full Profile Page

Ayesha Boyce, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor (to begin August 1, 2015)
Scholarly and Professional Interests: program evaluation theory and practice; values-engaged educative, culturally responsive, and mixed methods research and evaluation; STEM and multi-site program evaluation
Dr. Boyce’s Full Profile Page

Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Ph.D.

Position: Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: mbchalho@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Second/foreign language testing and assessment, including proficiency, performance-based, computer-based/adaptive, & achievement testing; large-scale/standardized testing, especially in international contexts; validation research; language policy and planning in educational testing.
Dr. Chalhoub-Deville’s Full Profile Page

Jill Chouinard, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: jill.chouinard@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Program evaluation, participatory evaluation methods, qualitative research methods, cross-cultural issues in evaluation.
Dr. Chouinard’s Full Profile Page

Holly Downs, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail:
downsh@ccl.org
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Program evaluation, mixed methods research, case studies in evaluation.
Dr. Downs’ Full Profile Page

Julie Edmunds, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: jedmunds@serve.org
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Evaluating effectiveness of educational programs, mixed methodology, program evaluation, educational reform
Dr. Edmunds’ Full Profile Page

Kelly Hannum, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: kelly@alignedimpact.com
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Program evaluation, evaluation of leadership development programs, collective impact, research methodology
Dr. Hannum’s Full Profile Page

Robert Henson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: rahenson@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Development and application of cognitive diagnosis models (also known as diagnostic classification models) in addition to generalizing concepts such as test construction and item information to CDMs; latent variable modeling; classification analysis; hierarchical linear models.
Dr. Henson’s Full Profile Page

Karla C. Lewis, Ph.D.

Position: Adjunct Assistant Professor and NESP Director of Evaluation Services (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: klewis@serve.org
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Program evaluation, qualitative methodology, evaluation and educational programs, evaluation services for nonprofit organizations
Dr. Lewis’ Full Profile Page

Ric Luecht, Ph.D.

Position: Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: rmluecht@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Educational measurement, employment and professional testing; performance assessments; standard setting; design of computerized testing systems; integration of cognitive science and measurement; automated test assembly; structural equation modeling; experimental design; multivariate statistics.
Dr. Luecht’s Full Profile Page

Randy Penfield, Ph.D.

Position: Professor, Interim Dean, and Department Chair (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: rdpenfie@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Educational measurement, item response theory, statistical methods for evaluating test fairness and measurement invariance, differential item functioning, equity of test-based educational accountability policies, test construction, computer adaptive testing, applied statistics, experimental design, cluster randomized control trials in educational settings.
Dr. Penfield’s Full Profile Page

Devdass Sunnassee, Ph.D.

Position: Clinical Assistant Professor and OAERS Supervisor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: d_sunnas@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Educational measurement, application of statistical methods in social and behavioral sciences, test equating.
Dr. Sunnassee’s Full Profile Page

John Willse, Psy.D.

Position: Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
e-mail: jtwillse@uncg.edu
Scholarly and Professional Interests: Educational measurement, mixture measurement models, diagnostic classification models, practical applications of classical and modern test theory, structural equation modeling, outcomes assessment in higher education.
Dr. Willse’s Full Profile Page

ERM Lecturers

Amy Rose, M.Ed.

e-mail: alrose2@uncg.edu
Role in ERM: Teaches ERM courses in assessment
Expertise: Amy Rose is currently a 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher and the English Language Arts Department Chair with Northwest Guilford Middle SchoolK-12 education and assessment. Previously, Amy has served as a Formative Assessment Specialist with Guilford County Public Schools and Wake County Public Schools, a Test and Measurement Specialist with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and an educational consultant in the area of assessment development.

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