Current Students

Most students in the Assessment and Measurement Doctoral program have assistantships through the Center for Assessment and Research Studies (CARS). Through these assistantships student gain valuable real world experience in various aspects of assessment design and measurement techniques.

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Thomas Hartka

First Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Keston Fulcher

Education:

Undergraduate degree: James Madison University, B.S. Psychology, 2015
Master’s Degree: James Madison University, M.A. Psychological Sciences – Applied Concentration, 2019

Research Interests:

  • Learning Improvement
  • Growth Mindset
  • Use of Assessment Results
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Chris Patterson

First Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Dena Pastor

Education:

Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Platteville, B.S. Mathematics, 2017
Master’s Degree: University of Iowa, M.A. Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2019

Research Interests:

  • Relations between Assessment, Measurement, and Student Development Theory
  • Assessment and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Learning Improvement
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Paulius Satkus

First Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Christine DeMars

Education:

Undergraduate degree: James Madison University, B.S. in Psychology, minor in Statistics, 2017
Master's degree: James Madison University, M.A. in Psychological Sciences, Quantitative Concentration, 2019

Research Interests:

  • Measurement in Social Sciences
  • Measurement Models and Methods (e.g., IRT, CFA)
  • Examinee Motivation
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Sean York

First Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Jeanne Horst

Education:

Undergraduate Degree: Northwestern University, B.S. Radio/Television/Film, 1993
Master's Degree: Indiana University Bloomington, M.S.Ed. Instructional Systems Technology, 2011

Research Interests:

  • Systems Approaches to Assessment
  • Intersections of Assessment and Learning Design
  • Continuous, Fine-grained Assessment for Non-traditional Programs
  • Rich Assessment for Critical Thinking and Humanities
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Chi Au

Second Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Dena Pastor

Education:

Master’s Degree: James Madison University, M.A. Psychological Sciences – Quantitative Psychology Concentration, 2018

Undergraduate Degree: Liberty University, B.S. Psychology, 2014

Research Interests:

  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Measurement Models
  • Validity
  • Use of Assessment Results
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Nikole Gregg

Second Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Brian Leventhal

Education:

Master’s Degree: James Madison University, M.A. Psychological Sciences – Quantitative Psychology Concentration, 2018

Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University, B.A. Psychology, 2016

Research Interests:

  • Applications of Multidimensional Item Response Theory
  • Survey Development and Response Processes
  • Validity Theory
  • Improvement of Accountability Systems
  • Classification Consistency of Accountability Systems in K-12 Education
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Caroline Prendergast

Second Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Keston Fulcher

Education:

Master’s Degree: Boston College, M.Ed. Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics and Assessment, 2018

Undergraduate Degree: James Madison University, B.S. Psychology and Writing & Rhetoric, minor in statistics, 2015

Research Interests:

  • Use of assessment to support improvement of student learning
  • Program theory
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in assessment
  • Professional development in higher education assessment
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Beth Perkins

Third Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Sara Finney

Education:

Master’s Degree: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, M.S. Psychology, 2010

Undergraduate Degree: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Psychology, 2009

Research Interests:

  • Examinee Emotions
  • Measurement
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Use of Results
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Derek Sauder

Third Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Christine DeMars

Education:

Master’s Degree: James Madison University, M. A. Psychological Sciences – Quantitative Psychology Concentration, 2017

Undergraduate Degree: Eastern Mennonite University, B.S. Mathematics and Psychology, 2014

Research Interests:

  • Measurement
  • Item Response Theory
  • Factor Analysis
  • Simulation Studies
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Andrea Pope

Fourth Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Sara Finney

Education:

Master's Degree: James Madison University, M.Ed., College Student Personnel Administration, 2016

Undergraduate Degree: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Public Policy and Sociology, 2013

Research Interests:

  • Student Affairs Assessment
  • Program Theory and Evidence-Informed Practice
  • Promoting Use of Results for Student Learning Improvement
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Tom Waterbury

Fourth Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Christine DeMars

Education:

Master’s Degree: University of Virginia, M.T. Social Studies Education, 2012

Undergraduate Degree: University of Virginia, B.A. History, Minor: Astronomy, 2010

Research Interests:

  • Rasch Modeling and Item Response Theory
  • Equating and Vertical Scaling
  • Interpretable Effect Sizes
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Sarah MacDonald

Fifth Year Student

Advisor: Dr. Robin Anderson

Education:

Master’s Degree: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Adult Education and Human Resource Development, 2007

Master’s Degree: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Rhetoric and Composition, 2004

Undergraduate Degree: Blackburn College, English Literature, 2002

Research Interests:

  • Prior Learning Assessment
  • Adult Learning
  • Higher Education Policy