Pre-conference workshops on certain areas of language testing will be held on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
Gary Buck is an experienced educator and assessment specialist, and is currently the Director of the Testing and Certification Division of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan. He wrote his dissertation on The Testing of Second Language Listening Comprehension, in 2001 he published Assessing Listening Comprehension, with Cambridge University Press, and has given numerous workshops and presentations on testing listening comprehension.
Jayanti Banerjee is a language assessment specialist in the Testing and Certification Division of the English Language Institute at the University of Michigan with primary responsibility for the Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE). She previously worked at Lancaster University where she coordinated their Hong Kong MA TESOL master's degree, taught on various master's degree and PhD courses, and supervised master's degree and PhD projects.
Natalie Nordby Chen is Test Development Manager for the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute. An experienced educator and assessment specialist, she specializes in English language assessments and has worked on the design and development of a number of new examinations ranging from Pre-K language to college admissions to professional licensing tests.
Jonathan Templin is an Assistant Professor in Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics program of the Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Georgia. He obtained his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Templin has extensive training in the development and application of multilevel and latent variable models for educational and psychological measurement. His research has been published in Applied Psychological Measurement, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Journal of Educational Measurement, Psychological Method, and Psychometrika.
Michael B. Bunch is Senior Vice-President of Measurement Incorporated, a test development and scoring company serving the statewide assessment community. An internationally recognized expert in standard setting, Dr. Bunch is co-author, with Dr. Gregory Cizek, of Standard Setting: A Guide to Establishing and Evaluating Performance Standards on Tests (Sage, 2007). He received his Ph.D. in psychological measurement from the University of Georgia and currently serves on the Graduate Education Advancement Board of that university.