Published on December 13, 2010  
Dr. Jack Berry
Dr. Jack Berry

Dr. Jack Berry (Psychology) presented an invited, 3-hour workshop on test construction using Item Response Theory (IRT) for 38 psychology faculty and graduate students at Virginia Commonwealth University on November 12, 2010. IRT is emerging as a cutting edge tool in test construction, and is applicable to any situation that calls for assessment.

Dr. Berry is a recognized expert in this area and was brought in to instruct faculty and students on this procedure. The coordinator of the visit reported that Dr. Berry received “rave reviews” for "his comprehensibility, his humor, and most of all the expertise he showed and quality of teaching to the faculty and students."

Before joining the Psychology Faculty full time in 2009, he held research positions at Virginia Commonwealth and UAB. He taught graduate level courses in statistics, measurement, and assessment at Virginia Commonwealth and the University of Alabama.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.