December 4, 2015 Leave a comment
We are pleased to announce that 2011 graduate of the Ph.D. program, Javarro Russell, will be coming back to campus to deliver a CARS talk on Friday, December 11th from 12:00-1:30 PM.
All are invited to attend.
Assessment at JMU
October 15, 2015 Leave a comment
Six alumni from the assessment and measurement Ph.D. program at JMU gathered to discuss how they landed their jobs, their careers, and their most-used knowledge and skills acquired while at the university. Drs. Jerusha Gerstner (’15), Andrew Jones (’09), Pamela Kaliski (’09), Ross Markle (’10), Laura Williams (’15), and John Willse (’02) all participated in the panel.
The panelists hold a variety of jobs in the field: Jerusha is the manager of Talent Management and Analytic Solutions at Marriot International, Andrew is a Research Scientist with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Pamela is a Psychometrician for The College Board, Ross is a Senior Research and Assessment Advisor in the Higher Education Division of the Educational Testing Service, Laura is the Assessment Program Manager with Western Governors University, and John is the Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Educational Research Methodology as well as the Program Director of the Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
During the discussion, students and visitors asked questions about job searching, ranging from how the panelists knew what they wanted to do in the field to how they found out about their first job opportunities. Many of the panelists credited their mentors in the program, internship experiences, and networks as being instrumental in the job search. Specific skills used in each position were also mentioned, such as being good technical communicators and having the ability learn new techniques independently. The group also discussed the importance of being a published researcher. Areas of focus, such as simulations and standard setting, were also mentioned, but all agreed that strengthening areas of weakness will help students looking for a job after they graduate.
Current students in the assessment and measurement program were able to get a sense of the typical work environment, workday, and career paths to which the skills they acquired from the program could lead them. They were also able to learn how to search for jobs via LISTSERVs and how to figure out which jobs would be right for them; the jobs that they would most enjoy based off of their own experiences through the program.
August 21, 2015 Leave a comment
We were notified by some of our friends at The College Board that one of our accomplished alumni was recently promoted in her role as a Psychometrician. See below some of the wonderful things folks over at The College Board had to say about Pamela’s accomplishments!
“It is with great pleasure that I would like to announce that Pamela Kaliski has been promoted from Associate Psychometrician to Psychometrician. Pamela has accepted increased responsibilities over the past year with her work on AP and, in particular, her role leading the rSAT and PSAT Concordance work. She is an exemplar employee with excellent time and project management skills which contribute to her ability to be very productive and successful at the many tasks she manages as part of her workload. Pamela is particularly adept at mentoring junior staff and working with other team members. She is a very valuable member of the Standard Setting Team and Psychometrics. Please join me in congratulating Pamela on her well-deserved promotion.” – Deanna Morgan, Senior Director of Psychometric – Standard Setting
Congratulations to Pamela on this great achievement!
August 19, 2015 Leave a comment
Liz Pyburn, a student in the Quantitative Psychology Concentration of the Psychological Sciences M.A. program, received the competitive “Best Paper by a Graduate Student“Award from the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA). Liz presented this empirical research at NERA in October 2014. Her paper, along with numerous other papers, was subsequently reviewed for quality and contribution to the field by scholars attending the conference. Liz will be formally recognized for her award-winning research at the NERA 2015 conference. Below is a brief summary of her praise-worthy work, which was supervised by her advisor and co-author Dr. Jeanne Horst.
Liz is now a 1st year doctoral student in the Assessment & Measurement PhD program at JMU.
Pyburn, E., Johnston, M., Horst, S.J., & Hathcoat, J. (2014, Oct). A psychometric evaluation of Miami University Diversity Awareness Subscales. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT.
Abstract: Scores from two subscales of the Miami University Diversity Awareness Scale (Learning/Knowledge and Intercultural Interaction) were systematically evaluated using data collected from 2,332 sophomore undergraduate students. The study was conducted in four stages. Item wording was carefully evaluated (Stage One). A series of factor analytic studies on full and reduced sets of items were conducted using random, independent subsamples (Stages Two and Three). There was support for three factors (Cultural Awareness, Personal Awareness, and Openness to Diversity) when analyzing the reduced set of items. Configural and metric invariance across gender was also supported (Stage Four), providing evidence for similar properties of the scores for males and females. Implications and suggestions for use of and future development of the scale are addressed.
April 9, 2015 Leave a comment
Last week was a very eventful and exciting week here in CARS. We had 4 dissertation defenses in a row. We’d like to congratulate Megan Rodgers Good, Jerusha Gerstner, Matthew Swain, and Rory Lazowski; who are now all able to put the letters Dr. before their names! Below are some pictures celebrating this special occasion.
April 3, 2015 Leave a comment
Progress toward achieving the CARS mission during the month of March was evidenced by the following activities and achievements:
Schubert, C., Baller, S., Ott, Walter, K., Sapp, L., Swanson, M., & Jacovidis, J. (2015, March). Developing a health sciences information literacy assessment for undergraduates. Poster presented at the 2015 Association of College and Research Libraries Conference, Portland, OR.
Horst, S.J., Ghant, W.A., & Whetstone, D.H. (2015). Enhancing assessment through the use of mixed methods. Assessment Update, 27, 4-14. Doi: 10.1002/au
Pastor, D.A. & Finney, S.J. (2015). Quantitative psychology. In J.G. Irons & R.L Miller (Eds.) Academic Advising: A handbook for advisors and students volume 2: A guide to the sub-disciplines. Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/academinc-advising-2015-vol2
Sessoms, J. & Finney, S.J. (in Press). Measuring and modeling change in examinee effort on low-stakes tests across testing occasions. International Journal of Testing.
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