Jeff Harring showed early promise as a Ph.D. student in educational psychology when his dissertation research was recognized by a leading journal in his field. Before entering graduate school, Jeff taught high school mathematics for 12 years – and now teaches at the college level as an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. He is a prolific writer and publisher, doing cutting-edge research that is applicable to assessing student educational growth. Jeff also contributes to his profession through grant reviews, organizing conferences, and association leadership.
Associate Professor, University of Maryland
M.S., Statistics, 2004
Ph.D., Educational Psychology (Quantitative Methods in Education program), 2005
Promoted with Tenure in 2012 to Associate Professor -- Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation program at the University of Minnesota
My walk through Dinkytown on my way to Burton Hall where the old Department was housed. Stopping off every morning to get a cup of coffee at the Cafe Royale coffee shop.
My colleagues and faculty I worked with during my graduate studies.
Emerge with curiosity to learn, diligence to get the work done, and perseverance when things don't go well. Oh and be smart!
It provided the training and professional experiences so that I could transition into my current position seamlessly.
My current mentor at the University of Maryland--Greg Hancock
Quantitative Research Methods advanced quantitative seminar taught by Mike Harwell. He had a way of lighting a match and stoking the proverbial fire. We could have discussed material for hours.
Cook, read and participate watching sports.
Jolly and easy going. A good listener.
Working with graduate students and sharing what I have learned with them. Helping them get a footing into their next adventure.
Certainly not a statistician/psychometrician. Those aspirations came long after when I was in College and then later when I taught the AP Statistics course in High School the first year the exam was available. I discovered I wanted to learn more about this discipline and going back to graduate school seemed like the right avenue at the time.
I ran Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, MN in 1995. I made it under the 6 hour mark! Quite an accomplishment for someone who weighed as much as some football lineman at the University of Minnesota.