Dr. Mark D. Shermis

Mark D. Shermis Ph.D.

Professor
Educational Foundations and Leadership


Professional Experience

The University of Akron

  • 2012, Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership, College of Education, University of Akron.
  • 2009-2012, Dean, College of Education, University of Akron and Professor, Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership. Chief academic officer of the College of Education responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating programs in the field of education. Works with department chairs for faculty and staff hiring and development; collaborates with senior administrators for program accreditation, budgeting, and center involvement with the local community and schools; is involved with donors in matching their passions with the expertise of faculty; disseminates the good work of the College and University.

University of Florida

  • 2006-2008, Chair, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Florida. Work with faculty in the department to execute the policies of the University with regard to teaching and research, fiscal affairs, and other University-related administrative business; with consultation, securing and retaining faculty and staff of high caliber; ensuring the adequacy of the courses and programs offered in the department through guidelines established by the faculty concerned; promote the quality of scholarly and research activities of the department; foster the welfare of departmental faculty and staff and facilitate their professional development.
  • 2006-2009 Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation Methods Program. Teach courses in measurement, statistics, and research methods; advise students; supervise theses and dissertations; consult with faculty.

Florida International University

  • 2001-2006, Associate Dean for Research and Grants, College of Education, Florida International University. Responsibilities include working with faculty in the College to generate sponsored research and development; professional development and training pertaining to research; oversight of the doctoral programs and the technology office.
  • Professor, Department of Educational and Psychological Studies (EPS), Educational Research Methodology Program (ERM). Teach courses in measurement, statistics, and research methods; advise students; supervise theses and dissertations; consult with faculty.

Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

  • 1992-2001, Director, Testing Center, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. Responsible for planning, budgeting, and administering the Testing Center. The mission of the Testing Center is to provide measurement and assessment skills and expertise in the areas of placement testing, credit by examination, course instructor surveys, and external testing.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Major responsibilities include teaching courses in quantitative methods; student advising; sitting on thesis and dissertation committees; consulting with faculty.

The University of Texas at Austin

  • 1986-1992 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. Major responsibilities include teaching: EDP 380P-Introduction to Measurement and Evaluation, EDP 380P-Design and Construction of Evaluation Instruments, EDP 384P-Survey Research Methods, EDP 384P-Survey Sampling, EDP 384-Introduction to Educational Research; EDP 371 Introduction to Statistics; student advising; sitting on thesis and dissertation committees; consulting with faculty.
  • 1988-1993 Licensed Psychologist, State of Texas
  • 1988-1989 Director, Learning Resource (Technology) Center. Responsible for planning, budgeting, and administering the LRC. The mission of the LRC is fourfold: it (1) sponsors research involving the evaluation of innovative technology, (2) provides the latest software/hardware to facilitate the conduct of research, (3) functions as a training unit for prospective teachers to become computer and a/v literate, and (4) disseminates innovative technology to regional school districts. (50% time)
  • 1984-1987 Editorial Advisory Board, Social Science Microcomputer Review.

University of Pittsburgh

  • 1983-1986 Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Major responsibilities include teaching: ER 210-Introduction to Educational Research, ER 281-Measurement II, ER 317- Constructing Evaluation Instruments, ER 324-Introduction to Statistics, ER 325 Introduction to Statistics II, ER 332- Sampling, and ER 370-Survey Research Methods; student advising; sitting on thesis and dissertation committees; consulting with faculty.
  • Column writer for Evaluation Practice.

Comshare, Inc.

  • 1982-1983 Evaluation Specialist, Comshare, Incorporated. Evaluator of computer assisted instructional software for internal and external company training.
  • Reviewer, Curriculum Review.

The University of Michigan

  • 1979-1982 Research Associate II, Office of Research Services, School of Education (M.C. Johnson, faculty supervisor), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Consultant for research design, analysis, and computer software packages.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Educational Psychology, C650-Survey Research Methods, and C651-Analysis of Survey Data (T.N. Davidson, Professor).
  • Research Associate II, Consortium for Evaluation Research, Training, and Service (L.S. Collet, faculty supervisor), The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Supervised the administration of various evaluation projects.
  • 1980 Member, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Grant (T.N. Davidson, faculty supervisor). The development of an instructional module for the Michigan Terminal System file editor ($1,500).
  • 1979-1980 Teaching Fellow, Department of Educational Psychology, C300 Introductory Educational Psychology (W.R. Dixon, faculty coordinator).
  • 1978-1979 Evaluation Project Coordinator, Engineering Industrial Support Program (L.S. Collet, faculty supervisor). An evaluation of an engineering enrichment program for students in junior and senior high from minority backgrounds ($2,000).
  • Member, Evaluation Project, Republic Steel Corporation (L.S. Collet, faculty supervisor). Proto-type curriculum development for apprenticeship programs in the steel industry ($45,000).
  • Teaching Assistant, C671-Evaluation Theories and Models (L.S. Collet, Professor).