Title: John P. Yackel and American Guidance Service Professor of Educational Assessment and Measurement
Company: University of Minnesota
Location: Maple Grove, Minnesota, United States of America
Mark L. Davison, John P. Yackel and American Guidance Service Professor of Educational Assessment and Measurement at the University of Minnesota, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of academic assessments.
Dr. Davison pursued an education at Augustana College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1970 before progressing in his studies to obtain a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972. He remained at the university for two more years and graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in 1974. Dr. Davison entered his career in academia as the chair of the department of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota from 1990 to 1996. He would remain at the institution for a large part of his career and from 1998 to 2012, he has held the positions of a director of the Office of Educational Accountability and the director of the Minnesota Interdisciplinary Training for Educational Research. Dr. Davison also worked as the John P. Yackel & American Guidance Service Incorporated professor of educational assessment and measurement and the program director of Quantitative Methods in Education, two positions he still holds today.
Proudly watching students go into the field of academia and accomplish great things, Dr. Davison attributes his great success to those who know him best and respect him most and his mentors are those he met during his own time as a student, including Professors Ralph W. Hansen, Lawrence E. Jones, Lloyd G. Humphreys, James R. Rest, James S. Terwilliger, and David J. Weiss. In recognition of his career achievements, he was the recipient of fellowships from the Spencer Foundation, the United States Navy, and the Minnesota Department of Education. He was also awarded a grant from the United States Department of Education and was honored with a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Davison is the author of “Multidimensional Scaling” and contributes his time and skills to the American Educational Research Association, the Psychometric Society, the National Council on Measurement in Education, and the American Psychological Association. One of the highlights of his career, he spent seven years helping the state of Minnesota develop its educational accountability system. Under the supervision of his former students, his MITER program remains in use today, and he is quite proud of the impactful research he has been a part of in trying to develop scores beyond “number correct” score assessments. Featured in the 28th edition of Who’s Who in the World and multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Dr. Davison’s advice to those aspiring to work in the industry is to plan big and then take small steps to get there.
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