Dorry M. Kenyon - (Chair)
Is senior fellow for assessment at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) and acting director of CAL’s collaborative assessment activities with WIDA, a consortium of state departments of education dedicated to supporting English Language Learners in K-12 contexts. Dr. Kenyon also serves as chair of the five-member expert panel of the U.S. government’s Defense Language Testing and Assessment Project (DELTAP). He has considerable experience in all aspects of designing, developing, validating, and operationalizing second and foreign language assessments through many large projects at state, national, and international levels. He has served as a senior advisor on a variety of projects related to developing and researching assessments of the English language and foreign language skills of language learners spanning the ages of pre-school to adult. Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Kenyon taught German and English as a foreign/second language for seven years in the United States and abroad. He has a B.A. degree in German and economics from Bowdoin College, an M.T.S. in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, an M.A. degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University in Cairo, and a Ph.D. in measurement, applied statistics, and evaluation from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Is vice president and director of the Business Development Division at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). Prior to this, he was a senior data scientist within the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Dorsey’s work in government included establishing an approach for certification of critical skills and conducting cutting-edge work on foreign language acquisition. Before working in government, he was vice president at Personnel Decisions Research Institutes, a top human capital consulting firm. During his career, he has produced over 70 book chapters, articles, and presentations and his research has appeared in such journals as Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, and Human Factors. Dr. Dorsey is an elected fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association). He has a B.A. degree in psychology, an M.A. degree in industrial/organizational psychology, and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, all from the University of South Florida.
Is associate professor of education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Her research focuses on second language teaching, learning, and assessment. Dr. Llosa’s studies have addressed standards-based classroom assessments of language proficiency, assessment of academic writing, placement testing of US-educated language minority students in community colleges, and the integration of language and content in instruction and assessment. Her research has appeared in such journals as Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Educational Assessment, Assessing Writing, Language Teaching Research, Language Learning, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Teachers College Record, and the American Educational Research Journal. Dr. Llosa has a B.A. degree in English and Spanish from Santa Clara University, an M.A. degree in teaching English as a second language from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in applied linguistics with a specialization in language testing from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Robert J. Mislevy
Is Frederic M. Lord chair in measurement and statistics at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Dr. Mislevy’s research interests center on applying recent developments in technology, statistical methodology, and cognitive research to practical problems in educational assessment. He has recently published books on Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment, Bayesian Psychometric Modeling, and Sociocognitive Foundations of Educational Measurement. He received the Lindquist Award for career contributions from the American Educational Research Association, the Samuel J. Messick Memorial Lecture Award from the International Language Testing Association, and a Career Contributions Award and four annual Awards for Technical Contributions from the National Council on Measurement in Education. Dr. Mislevy has served on several committees at the National Academies on issues concerning assessment, instruction, and cognitive psychology, was a member of the U.S. Defense Language Testing Advisory Panel, and was a primary author of the final report of the National Assessment Governing Board’s design feasibility team. He has B.S. and M.S degrees in mathematics from Northern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in research methodology from the University of Chicago.
Is associate professor in foreign language and English as a second language education at the University of Iowa, and departmental executive officer for teaching and learning in the College of Education. Dr. Plakans’ research focuses on second language learning with particular emphasis on language assessment and literacy. Her research has explored assessments that integrate language skills, such as reading-into-writing tasks, to understand the underlying processes elicited as well as the nature and scoring of performances that require integration. Her research has appeared in such journals as TESOL Quarterly, Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, and Journal of Second Language Writing. Dr. Plakans is co-author of Assessment Myths: Applying Second Language Research to Classroom Teaching and associate editor for Language Assessment Quarterly. She chairs the Committee of Examiners of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at Educational Testing Service. She has a B.A. degree in anthropology and psychology from the University of Iowa, an M.A. degree in teaching English as a second language/applied linguistics from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in foreign languages/English as a second language education from the University of Iowa.