CREATE Officers and Board of Directors
Dr. Doug Wren, President
Doug Wren is an Educational Measurement and Assessment Specialist with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Department of Teaching and Learning. He also teaches research courses as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Wren has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and central office administrator in DeKalb County, Georgia and Virginia Beach. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Georgia in 2000. His research interests, publications, and presentations focus primarily on topics related to educational measurement, including performance tasks, test anxiety, and assessment literacy for educators.
Dr. Susan Colby, President-Elect
Susan Colby is the Director of Faculty Professional Development in the Center for Academic Excellence and professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. Prior to her work in educational development, she served as chair and assistant chair in the department for twelve years. Susan earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University; her MA in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado, Denver; and her BS in Elementary Education with Distinction from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, she was the recipient of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Morphet Dissertation Award. In the public schools, she served as principal, Title I director, clinical professor, and teacher. Her research interests include assessment of student learning, teacher preparation program effectiveness, and the evaluation of preservice and practicing teachers. Her published articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in Educational Evaluation; Reading Research and Instruction; Action in Teacher Education; Teaching Education; Multicultural Education; and Educational Leadership.
Dr. Don Klinger, Past-President
Don Klinger is the Dean of Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education, University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand. Prior to that he was a professor and leading educational researcher in Canada in assessment and educational measurement, and the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Kingston. Dr. Klinger's research explores both classroom assessment and the psychometric and policy issues of large-scale assessments, program evaluation, and measures of school effectiveness. His ongoing funding and research projects have enabled him to work to build stronger research collaborations and communication between the research community and educators and policy makers. Internationally, Dr. Klinger co-chaired the task force that published the ANSI approved Classroom Assessment Standards and he was one of the authors of the Personnel Evaluation Standards. Along with his ongoing involvement with the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE), he is a former president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Canada’s largest organization for educational research.
Dr. Steven Bingham
Steven Bingham is Associate Professor of Education at Gardner-Webb University and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational and Educational Leadership. As Executive Director at Triangle Leadership Academy, a Raleigh, NC-based public-private partnership, his organization won the James A. Goodman Award for “Organization With Greatest Impact in the Triangle.” Credited with authoring or co-authoring 26 monograph or journal articles, Bingham earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Stephen Court currently serves as a program evaluation specialist with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Formerly, he was a high school English teacher, a research assistant with RMC Research Corporation, a founding partner of Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation (now Measured Progress), a project director at The Psychological Corporation, an independent consultant and state assessment subcontractor, and the director of research, assessment, and evaluation at the Wichita Public Schools. He earned his B.A. from Bennington College and his M.Ed. in Educational Research Methodology from Boston College before spending four years in the Educational Measurement and Statistics doctoral program at the University of Iowa. His research interests, publications, and presentations focus primarily on technical and policy issues involving instructional sensitivity, assessment literacy for educators, and the quality of local assessments.
Dr. Jacqueline S. Craven
Jacqueline Craven is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Delta State University. Her scholarly interests are multifarious and emanate from the sociology of education as well as the social contexts of education and mixed-research methodologies. She has conducted research with diverse ages and populations in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools throughout Mississippi for more than ten years on a variety of topics and is most interested in researchers’ fidelity to ethical practices and implementation. Dr. Craven regularly reviews articles and abstracts for Taylor & Francis' Action in Teacher Education, Delta State University's Delta Journal of Education, American Educational Research Association (AERA) divisions B, C, D, & G, the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), and Sage Publications. She has presented work at AERA, International Literacy Association (formerly LRA), CREATE, National Science Foundation Joint Annual Meeting (NSF-JAM), and MSERA among others, and now serves in multiple capacities as the DSU doctoral program coordinator. As such, she advises all doctoral candidates throughout the program, leads & evaluates doctoral curriculum in accordance with CAEP and other professional accrediting bodies, and serves on and chairs DSU doctoral dissertations on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Kevin Eakes
Kevin Eakes is Director of Teacher Effectiveness for the Charleston County School District in Charleston, South Carolina. Kevin has taught in elementary and secondary public schools in North Carolina and South Carolina and has supervised clinical interns and taught graduate teacher education and human development courses at the College of Charleston. Kevin is a graduate of the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, completed his doctoral degree at Auburn University, earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University. Kevin’s research interests include socio-emotional learning and observation of teaching behaviors.
Dr. Paula Egelson, Joint Committee Representative
Pauline (Paula) Egelson is the Director of Research at the Southern Regional Educational Board. Her research and evaluation interests include formative assessment, teacher evaluation, career tech, and principal leadership. She is the CREATE representative to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation and is also a member of AEA. Egelson has an undergraduate degree in child development, a master's in reading education and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her research interests include formative evaluation, assessment, literacy, teacher evaluation, school improvement and at-risk youth.
Dr. Thomas Guskey
Thomas R. Guskey is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky and known throughout the world for his work on student assessment, grading and reporting, professional learning, and educational change. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association – one of the Association’s highest honors. He is the author/editor of 21 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters and articles. His most recent books include On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting (2015), Reaching the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data (with P. Roy & V. Von Frank, 2014), Answers to Essential Questions about Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting (with L. Jung, 2013), Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (2nd ed., 2012), and Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (with J. Bailey, 2010). He is an engaging presenter who helps bring clarity and resolution to some of education’s most challenging problems.
Danielle Hahn, Treasurer
Dr. Barbara Howard
Barbara Howard is an associate professor in Educational Leadership in the Reich College of Education, Appalachian State University. She currently serves as Program Director for School Administration and Chair of the Appalachian State Faculty Senate. She is a delegate representing Appalachian State in the University of North Carolina System Faculty Assembly. She is former Chair of the Joint Committee for Standards in Educational Evaluation (JCSEE) and former President of CREATE. Dr. Howard chaired the Task Force for the Personnel Evaluation Standards (2nd Ed.) and served as a member of the Task Force for the Classroom Assessment Standards. Her current research focuses on international collaboration for leadership development and principal preparation.
Dr. Stacy Leggett
Stacy Leggett is an associate professor in the Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research department at Western Kentucky University. She joined the WKU faculty in 2016. She teaches EDAD 642 School-Community Relations, EDAD 643 Securing and Developing Staff, EDAD 644 Creating Organizational Structures and Operations, EDAD 645 Preparing for the Principalship, EDAD 684 Instructional Leadership, and EDAD 594 Leading Auxiliary Services. Dr. Leggett has 23 years’ experience in P-12 education that includes serving as a high school math and social studies teacher, an instructional coach for the North Carolina Department of Public Administration for turnaround schools, and a North Carolina school and district administrator. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Mississippi College in Political Science and History, respectively (1991, 1997). She earned her M.S.A. in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University (2005) and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The George Washington University (2015). Her research interests include evaluation of teachers and principals, evaluation of program impacts on student outcomes, and leading change. She was the recipient of the Achilles-Harper-Swenson Emerging Research Award at the 2013 CREATE Conference.
Dr. Daina S. Lieberman
Dr. Jennifer McGee, Secretary
Stefan Merchant's research focus is the assessment and reporting of learning skills and work habits. In addition to his published work on personality testing, teacher hiring, and teacher evaluation practices, he has authored or co-authored numerous program evaluations, technical reports, and analyses of large scale examinations in Canada and internationally. Before entering academia, Stefan worked as a teacher and administrator in Canada, Singapore and Indonesia.
Dr. Sean Owen
Sean Owen is an Associate Research Professor for the Research and Curriculum Unit. Prior to joining the RCU, he was a research professor for Mississippi State University’s Center for Educational and Training Technology (CETT). Much of his CETT work included writing grants and curricula and administering and evaluating programs that integrated technology into core academic and career and technical areas in school districts statewide. Owen received a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with an emphasis in chemistry and psychology from the University of Mississippi. He also holds a Master of Science in biological sciences and a doctorate in education with a minor in teacher technology education. His research focus and experience primarily is in the applied sciences and career and technical education. Frequently presenting at local, state, and national conferences, he is an active member of the ACTE and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. Additionally, he is a former president of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association.