The vision of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) is improved student learning, development, and achievement in PK-12 schools, institutes of higher education, and other educational settings.

Tara A. Wilson, Graduate Student Representative
The George Washington University

Tara A. Wilson is a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration and Policy Studies at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has six years of teaching experience and is currently a fourth grade teacher at Maud Abrams School in Cape May, New Jersey. She earned her M.Ed. in Reading Education and her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Central Florida. In 2015, she was honored as Teacher of the Year at Odyssey Middle School in Orlando, Florida. She is also a member of the American Educational Research Association and University Council for Educational Administration Graduate Student Councils, where she serves as the Publishing Session Chair. Her dissertation research is focused on the coaching and mentoring of assistant principals. She is particularly interested in the methods used to prepare assistant principals for upward career ascension within school leadership. 

Susan Colby

Appalachian State University


​Dr. Susan A. Colby is professor and chair in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Appalachian State University. Susan earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University; her MA in Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Colorado, Denver; and her BS in Elementary Education with Distinction from the University of Minnesota. In 2002, she was the recipient of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration Morphet Dissertation Award. Her research interests include assessment of student learning, teacher preparation program effectiveness, and the evaluation of preservice and practicing teachers. Her published articles have appeared in journals such as Studies in Educational Evaluation; Reading Research and Instruction; Action in Teacher Education; Teaching Education; Multicultural Education; and Educational Leadership.

Doug Wren, President - Elect

Virginia Beach City Public Schools


Doug Wren is an Educational Measurement and Assessment Specialist with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Department of Teaching and Learning. He also teaches research courses as an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Dr. Wren has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and central office administrator in DeKalb County, Georgia and Virginia Beach. He completed his Ed.D. at the University of Georgia in 2000. His research interests, publications, and presentations focus primarily on topics related to educational measurement, including performance tasks, test anxiety, and assessment literacy for educators.

Sean Owen
Mississippi State University 

Sean Owen is an associate research professor for the Research and Curriculum Unit. Prior to joining the RCU, he was a research professor for Mississippi State University’s Center for Educational and Training Technology (CETT). Much of his CETT work included writing grants and curricula and administering and evaluating programs that integrated technology into core academic and career and technical areas in school districts statewide. Owen received a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences with an emphasis in chemistry and psychology from the University of Mississippi. He also holds a Master of Science in biological sciences and a doctorate in education with a minor in teacher technology education. His research focus and experience primarily is in the applied sciences and career and technical education. Frequently presenting at local, state, and national conferences, he is an active member of the ACTE and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. Additionally, he is a former president of the Mississippi Educational Computing Association.

Stacy Leggett
Western Kentucky University​

Stacy Leggett is an associate professor in the Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research  department at Western Kentucky University.  She joined the WKU faculty in 2016.  She teaches EDAD 642 School-Community Relations, EDAD 643 Securing and Developing Staff, EDAD 644 Creating Organizational Structures and Operations, EDAD 645 Preparing for the Principalship, EDAD 684 Instructional Leadership, and EDAD 594 Leading Auxiliary Services.  She has 23 years’ experience in P-12 education that includes serving as a high school math and social studies teacher, an instructional coach for the North Carolina Department of Public Administration for turnaround schools, and a North Carolina school and district administrator.   She received her B.A. and M.A. from Mississippi College in Political Science and History, respectively (1991, 1997).  She earned her M.S.A. in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University (2005) and her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The George Washington University (2015).    Her research interests include evaluation of teachers and principals, evaluation of program impacts on student outcomes, and leading change.  She was the recipient of the Achilles-Harper-Swenson Emerging Research Award at the 2013 CREATE Conference. 

Steven Bingham 

Gardner - Webb University


Dr. Steven Bingham is Associate Professor of Education at Gardner-Webb University and Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Organizational and Educational Leadership. As Executive Director at Triangle Leadership Academy, a Raleigh, NC-based public-private partnership, his organization won the James A. Goodmon Award for “Organization With Greatest Impact in the Triangle.” Credited with authoring or co-authoring 26 monograph or journal articles, Bingham earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. ​

Thomas Guskey

University of Kentucky 


Thomas R. Guskey, Ph.D., is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky and known throughout the world for his work on student assessment, grading and reporting, professional learning, and educational change. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first Director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. Dr. Guskey served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association – one of the Association’s highest honors. He is the author/editor of 21 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters and articles. His most recent books include On Your Mark: Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting (2015), Reaching the Highest Standard in Professional Learning: Data (with P. Roy & V. Von Frank, 2014), Answers to Essential Questions about Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting (with L. Jung, 2013), Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (2nd ed., 2012), and Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (with J. Bailey, 2010). He is an engaging presenter who helps bring clarity and resolution to some of education’s most challenging problems.

Kevin Eakes

Charleston County School District


​Kevin Eakes is Director of Teacher Effectiveness for the Charleston County School District in Charleston, South Carolina. Kevin has taught in elementary and secondary public schools in North Carolina and South Carolina and has supervised clinical interns and taught graduate teacher education and human development courses at the College of Charleston. Kevin is a graduate of the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University, completed his doctoral degree at Auburn University, earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and received his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University.  Kevin’s research interests include socio-emotional learning and observation of teaching behaviors.

Jacqueline S. Craven
Delta State University

Dr. Craven’s scholarly interests are multifarious and emanate from the sociology of education as well as the social contexts of education and mixed-research methodologies. She has conducted research with diverse ages and populations in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary schools throughout Mississippi for more than ten years on a variety of topics and is most interested in researchers’ fidelity to ethical practices and implementation. Dr. Craven regularly reviews articles and abstracts for Taylor & Francis' Action in Teacher Education & Delta State University's Delta Journal of Education, American Educational Research Association (AERA) divisions B, C, D, & G, the Mid-South Educational Research Association (MSERA), and Sage Publications. She has presented work at AERA, International Literacy Association (formerly LRA), CREATE, National Science Foundation Joint Annual Meeting (NSF-JAM), and MSERA among others, and now serves in multiple capacities as the DSU doctoral program coordinator. As such, she advises all doctoral candidates throughout the program, leads & evaluates doctoral curriculum in accordance with CAEP and other professional accrediting bodies, and serves on & chairs DSU doctoral dissertations on an ongoing basis.

Patricia Moore Shaffer, Treasurer

National Endowment for the Arts

Patricia Moore Shaffer is the Deputy Director, Research & Analysis, for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in Washington, DC, where she leads the agency's strategic planning, program evaluation, and performance measurement. Prior to joining the NEA, Dr. Shaffer served as the Evaluation Manager for NASA's Office of Education and is the former Vice President for Research and Development for the Educational Policy Institute. She also leads Shaffer Evaluation Group LLC, a woman-owned small business specializing in the evaluation of local and national educational initiatives in STEM, English/language arts, arts education, and informal education. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary and a M.A. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluation Association, and a Washington Evaluators board member. 

Grant Smith
Bellarmine University 

Grant Smith is an Assistant Professor of Educational Research at the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education and teaches statistics in the graduate programs.  His research interests include measurement, innovation transfer and diffusion, and ROI modeling. Prior to returning to higher education Grant spent 25 years in the private sector working in research, management and analytics.

James P. Van Haneghan, Past - President
University of South Alabama 

James P. Van Haneghan is professor in Professional Studies and Director of Assessment and Evaluation in the College of Education at the University of South Alabama.  He teaches courses in research methods, statistics, assessment, human development and learning. His research interests include program evaluation and assessment, as well as learning in the context of problem, project, and design based approaches to instruction.


Don Klinger, President
Queen's University

​Dr. Don Klinger is a professor and leading educational researcher in Canada in assessment and educational measurement, and he is currently the Associate Dean at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Kingston. Dr. Klinger's research explores both classroom assessment and the psychometric and policy issues of large-scale assessments, program evaluation, and measures of school effectiveness. His ongoing funding and research projects have enabled him to work to build stronger research collaborations and communication between the research community and educators and policy makers. Internationally, Dr. Klinger co-chaired the task force that published the ANSI approved Classroom Assessment Standards and he was one of the authors of the Personnel Evaluation Standards. Prior to becoming president of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) he was the president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Canada’s largest organization for educational research.

Board of Directors

Paula Egelson
Southern Regional Education Board
Atlanta, GA

Pauline (Paula) Egelson is the Director of Research at the Southern Regional Educational Board. Her research and evaluation interests include formative assessment, teacher evaluation, career tech, and principal leadership. She is the CREATE representative to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation and is also a member of AEA.  Egelson has an undergraduate degree in child development, a master's in reading education and a doctorate in educational leadership. Her research interests include formative evaluation, assessment, literacy, teacher evaluation, school improvement and at-risk youth.

John Fischetti
University of Newcastle in Australia

John Fischetti is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Newcastle in Australia. The major theme of his career as a teacher, professor and scholar has been working to put in place school models that benefit learners and overcome structures that impede success for all. He is focused on effective professional development that promotes true differentiated learning; creating fair, just and equitable schooling that overcomes the injustices of the past, reinventing teacher education, researching the success of early colleges; investigating the potential of green schools and studying the pros and cons of the implementation of the Common Core. He was previously Dean of the College of Education at Southeastern Louisiana University, Professor and Doctoral Program Director at UNC Wilmington and Professor at the University of Louisville.

Officers & Board of Directors

2016-2017 Officers of the Board of Directors