Details on the two candidates for treasurer appear below. Voting will occur in July 2020, around the time of the virtual IMPS conference.
Qiwei (Britt) He is a research scientist in Psychometrics, Statistics and Data Science Center at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Her research lies at the intersection of advancing methodology in complex unstructured data such as process data and textual data and psychometrics in large-scale assessments. She has been leading various research projects funded by NSF, NCES, OECD and AIR regarding process data functions in innovative item design, interactive behaviors and cross-national comparisons in educational assessments. The innovative nature of her research has received high recognition, including the 2019 Jason Millman Promising Measurement Scholar NCME Award, 2017 Alicia Cascallar NCME Award for an Outstanding Paper, 2017 APA Anne Anastasi Dissertation Award and acceptance into the OECD Thomas J. Alexander Fellowship. Dr. He has been an active member in the Psychometric Society for over 10 years. She is on board of the local organizing committee for the Annual Meeting of Psychometric Society 2021 at the University of Maryland and serving as a member of the Program Committee of the Psychometric Society. Additionally, she chaired the Dissertation Award Committee of the National Council on Measurement in Education and has been serving as a board member of the NCME Publication Committee. Also, she has been chairing the Program Committee of Division D in the American Educational Research Association.
“Psychometric Society has been an important part in my career. Here, I presented my first scholarly paper as a PhD student, won my first research-related award, and have been provided various supports and opportunities to grow. As one of the local hosts for IMPS 2020/2021, I accumulated rich experiences in coordinating and recruiting sponsors, collaborating with the Management Company, and reviewing budgets for the Society, which well prepared me for the Treasurer role. It would be my great honor and pleasure to continue sharing such valuable experiences and make further contributions to the society! Final point: I will be more than happy to pick up my financial skills from a role of Board Secretary for three years in one of the biggest global stock holding companies before entering the psychometrics field!”
Ed Merkle is a Professor in the University of Missouri Department of Psychological Sciences. Before that, he received a PhD in quantitative psychology from Ohio State University (2005) and then spent five years as a faculty member at Wichita State University. He has general research interests in psychometric models, with emphases on Bayesian modeling (including the R package blavaan), model assessment, and computing. He has served on the Psychometric Society Board of Trustees from 2017 to now, chairing the communications/website committee. In these roles, he oversaw society website updates and led the process of developing a new website, which recently launched at psychometricsociety.org. These tasks put him in frequent contact with the society’s executive committee and provided a good overview of how the society runs. His interest in the treasurer position is related to the fact that the future of academic publishing is likely to include increased emphasis on open access and uncertain journal income. As treasurer, he would try to help the society find ways to function and flourish when the income types and amounts may be very different from what they are today.