Area of Expertise: Social structures of organizations and systems
Ph.D., Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis, University of Chicago, 1993
M.A., University of Michigan, Higher and Adult Continuing Education, 1988
B.A., University of Michigan. Statistics and English, 1985
I am professor in Measurement and Quantitative Methods within Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education within the College of Education and also in Fisheries and Wildlife within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. I am affiliated with the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, the Education Policy Center and the Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT).
I received my Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation and statistical analysis from the School of Education at the University of Chicago in 1993. I am currently a professor in Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education as well as in Fisheries and Wildlife and adjunct in Sociology at Michigan State University. My substantive interests include the study of schools as social organizations and the social embeddedness of natural resource use. My substantive areas are linked to several methodological interests: social network analysis, causal inference and multi-level models. My publications include quantitative methods for representing relations among actors in a social network, robustness indices for inferences, and the effects of social capital in schools and other social contexts. I teach general introductory courses in research methods and quantitative methods as well as advanced courses in multivariate analysis and seminars in social network analysis and causal inference. My current projects include a study of the effects of the Michigan Merit Curriculum on educational outcomes and how knowledge about climate change diffuses to policy-makers and educators.