Become an Examinations Institute Fellow

ACS DivCHED Examinations Institute Fellows Program

Assessment is a form of measurment, and the Exams Institute is interested in conducting research that helps delineate the nature of the measurements made via ACS Exams. There are two primary forms of fellowships related to the Institute. The most common Fellow is provided to postdoctoral students who wish to participate in quantitative research related to measurement. There have been several such fellows over the past several years.

  • John Picione, now a faculty member at Daytona Beach College
  • Karen Knaus, now a faculty member at the University of Colorado – Denver
  • Jacob Schroeder, now an instructional faculty member at Clemson University
  • Megan Grunert, now a faculty member at Western Michigan University
  • Mary Emenike, now the Director of STEM Support Programs at Rutgers University
  • Jeff Raker, now a faculty member at the University of South Florida
  • Kimberly Linenberger, now a faculty member at Kennesaw State University
  • Cynthia Luxford, now a faculty member at Texas State University
  • Alexandra Brandriet, currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iowa
  • Sachel Villafane-Garcia, now a faculty member at CSU Fullerton
  • Jessica Reed, current postdoctoral fellow
  • Shalini Srinivasan, current postdoctoral fellow

The second form of fellowship is for experienced researchers in assessment who are interested in working with the Exams Institute during a sabbatical. The Theodore Ashford Fellowship provides the 50% funding that most faculty members need to have a full-year sabbatical. The Ashford Fellowship is awarded by vote of the Board of Trustees of the Institute. Our first Ashford Fellow was Prof. Chris Bauer of the University of New Hampshire, who spent the 2010-2011 Academic Year at Iowa State.  Currently, Prof. Keith Marek of Bemidji State University is spending the 2016-2017 Academic Year at UW-Milwaukee.  Prof. Thomas Pentecost of Grand Valley State University will be the 2017-2018 Ashford Fellow spending the academic year at UW-Milwaukee as well.

The main premise of the fellow program is that we provide an atmosphere for creative researchers to expand our understanding of assessment in chemistry. A number of possible projects exist including…

  • human factors research for computer based testing
  • visualization development for computer-based assessment materials
  • the role of cognitive complexity on test item performance
  • content maps for all sub-disciplines of undergraduate chemistry
  • alignment of test items to the content map and guidelines for test development
  • development of new statistical models to understand test performances
  • a correlation between ACS high school exams and state and national educational standards
  • analysis of exam items for psychometric traits (e.g. item-order effects, answer order effects, partial credit via polytomous scoring)

People who become fellows of the Institute have customary appointments (as postdoctoral students or visiting faculty) at Iowa State University. This provides the normal suite of resources including office space, access to the Internet, equipment, supplies, and the support facilities and access to library services.

If you are interested in discussing the idea of being a fellow at the Institute, you can contact us at