Graduate Student Issues Committee Update (June 2019)

By Megan Welsh posted 06-28-2019 23:03


GSIC_Chairs.pngDelwin Carter, University of California Santa Barbara, and Maura O’Riordan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Happy Summer! We hope your summer routines have kicked into high gear since the conference in April.


This past conference’s theme of Communicating with the Public about Educational Measurement was a great success and allowed us to have productive conversations about making our field better understood by the general public. We hope that you had as enjoyable of a conference as we did! We look forward to next year’s conference theme of Making Measurement Matter where we can reflect on the critical role that educational measurement has in modern society.  


Another highlight of this past conference was the joint graduate student social event held with AERA’s Division D. The turnout at Kelly’s Landing was excellent. The Graduate Student Issues Committee (GSIC) is already looking ahead to next year’s social event at the conference in San Francisco! Hope to see many of you there to meet other graduate students and socialize!


An exciting project in the works for GSIC is our virtual brown bags. You may have seen a survey in your email asking for volunteers to lead a virtual brown bag. These sessions will be held regularly and serve to provide access to talks on innovative methodological areas, professional development, and technical training. They will be recorded and available to both NCME members and non-NCME members. Ideally, these will allow for more consistent conversation about educational measurement throughout the year, aside from our yearly conference! GSIC is aiming to have presenters from both academia and the industry, so please volunteer if want to serve the community! Stay tuned for more information!


We here at GSIC hope you have a relaxing summer. If you have any ideas for the GSIC to consider or about how to improve our virtual brown bag initiative, please contact co-chairs Delwin Carter ( or Maura O’Riordan (


Have a great summer!


Delwin & Maura