Faculty

MESA courses are taught by nationally recognized UIC College of Education faculty and adjunct instructors who work full-time in MESA-related fields.

Our faculty members are:

  • Award-winning instructors recognized for their teaching expertise;
  • Accomplished contributors to, and editors of, a wide variety of internationally renowned assessment and measurement-related journals;
  • Skilled consultants for local, national and international agencies in both the public and private sectors.

MESA Online Faculty

Everett V. Smith Jr., Professor

Dr. Smith obtained his PhD in Educational Psychology with a specialization in Measurement and Evaluation from the University of Connecticut in 1995. He specializes in psychometrics, specifically Rasch measurement. His research interests and expertise include test and rating scale design and analysis for the measurement of latent constructs, testing model robustness and, in general, applications of Rasch measurement in the social, behavioral, health, rehabilitation and medical sciences for both criterion and norm-reference assessments. Dimensionality, DIF, cross-cultural equivalence, equating, item banking, rating scale optimization and standard setting are also included in Dr. Smith’s areas of interest and expertise.

Dr. Smith has co-directed 19 training sessions on Rasch measurement. He is the co-editor of Introduction to Rasch Measurement: Theory, Models, and Applications (2004), Rasch Measurement: Advanced and Specialized Applications (2007) and Criterion-Reference Testing: Practice Analysis to Score Reporting using Rasch Measurement Models (2009). He serves as the Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Measurement and is on the editorial board of Educational and Psychological Measurement.

Yue Yin, Associate Professor

Dr. Yin received her BS in Chemistry and MA in Education at Peking University and a MA in Psychology and PhD in Science Education at Stanford University. Prior to taking a position at UIC, she worked at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for three years as an Assistant Professor in Educational Psychology.

Her scholarly interests include classroom assessment, science education and applied measurement. She is particularly interested in assessments aligned with cognition, curriculum and instruction to improve student learning. She has conducted research on performance assessment, concept mapping assessment, formative assessment, assessments measuring misconception and conceptual change, feedback and applications of Generalizability Theory. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Applied Measurement in Education, Educational Assessment and Science Scope. In her research, she used learning theory as a foundation and measurement and statistics as tools to examine ways of using assessments to improve student learning.

Her major teaching interests are quantitative methods. She has taught various courses, such as educational assessment, educational measurement, introductory statistics, ANOVA, regression, multivariate analysis and research design. Dr. Yin was awarded the UIC Teaching Recognition Award in 2012.

Lixiong Gu, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Gu obtained his PhD in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University in 2007 and BS and MA from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. He currently serves as Psychometric Manager at Educational Testing Service. His responsibilities include overseeing psychometric work in support of a number of K-12 assessment programs. Dr. Gu’s research interests include test equating, computer based testing and computerized adaptive testing.

Justin Heinze, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Heinze earned his PhD in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011 and a BA and MA from the University of Michigan. His research interests include developmental transitions, social exclusion/ostracism, issues of gender and sexuality and longitudinal data methodology. Dr. Heinze is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Teaching and Learning where he works with GSIs, instructors and faculty to improve teaching in higher education and conducts research on how social judgments and particular social contexts affect individual attitudes and behavior. Prior to returning to the University of Michigan, he spent two years as a visiting fellow at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management where he expanded his research to include social judgments and exclusion after moral violations.

To learn more about Dr. Heinze, visit his Web page.