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ERM Faculty

Members of the ERM faculty have extensive expertise in research methodology, educational measurement, program evaluaiton, psychometrics, and data anlysis. 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 facluty 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.

Full Time Faculty

Terry Ackerman, Ph.D.

Position: Full Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Assessment
Scholarly 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

Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Ph.D.

Position: Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
Scholarly 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)
Scholarly 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: Assistant Professor and OAERS Associate Director (Curriculum Vitae)
Scholarly Interests: Evaluation of K-16 programs and particularly those in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields delivered via traditional, hybrid, and online learning environments, theory and application of mixed methods research and case studies in evaluation.
Dr. Downs’ Full Profile Page

Robert Henson, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
Scholarly 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

Ric Luecht, Ph.D.

Position: Professor
Scholarly 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, Department Chair, and OAERS Director (Curriculum Vitae)
Scholarly 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)
Scholarly Interests: Educational measurement, application of statistical methods in social and behavioral sciences, test equating.
Dr. Sunnassee’s Full Profile Page

John Willse, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor (Curriculum Vitae)
Scholarly 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

Adjunct Faculty

Adunction faculty of ERM have expertise in wide range of areas, including educational measurement, standard setting,   practical applications of item response theories, test construction,  equating tests, large-scale/standardized testing, testing procedures and planning in educational testing, online testing, classroom assessment, assessment for learning theory, balanced assessment, design and implementation of:  interim assessments, common assessments,  formative assessments, summative assessments, performance assessments,  curriculum mapping, curriculum design, unit development, professional development.

The current adjunct faculty are:

Clarke Goodman, Adjunct Faculty Member (

Maxey Moore, Adjunct Faculty Member (

Amy Rose, Adjunct Faculty Member (


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