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Mary A. Hansen, Ph.D.
Professor of Education (Education)
hansen@rmu.edu
412-397-6213 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Nicholson Center 428


Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, Math and Computer Science, California University of PA, 1994
  • Master of Arts, Statistics, University of Pittsburgh, 1996
  • Master of Science, Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, 1999

Professional Background

  • 2005 - 2010: Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Sciences, RMU
  • 2007 - Present: Consultant, PASA Project, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • 2005 - 2008: Consultant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2010 - Present: Associate Professor, School of Education and Social Sciences, RMU
  • 2000 - 2005: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Psychology in Education, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1997 - 2001: Adjunct Faculty, LaRoche College
  • 2001 - Present: Consultant, HPW Associates

Area of Expertise/Research

  • My research interests lie in the areas of educational measurement and assessment, including design and technical issues related to large-scale test development and classroom assessment practices. My research explores several aspects of educational assessment, including technical issues and classroom practices related to large scale assessments and alternate assessments, and the use and impact of formative assessment practices on student learning.

Publications

  • Holdan, G. & Hansen, M.,A. (2011).Reflective On-Line Discussion for Pre-Service Teachers. In Tomei, L. (Ed.), Online Courses and ICT in Education: Emerging Practices and Applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 
  • TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS

  • Hansen, M. A. & Donne, V.  (2012).  Inclusiveness Practices in Business Education Classrooms.  Business Teacher Education Journal, 38, 35-41.
  • Hansen, M., & Iaquinta, A.  (2008).  Formative assessment:  Sharing success of learning.  Academic Exchange Quarterly, 12(3).     
  • Holdan, E. G. & Hansen, M. A. (2009).  Using on-line discussion to encourage reflective thinking in pre-service teachers.  International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education, 5(3), 74-82. 
  • Salls, J.,  Dolhi, C., Silverman, L. & Hansen, M. A. (2009).  The use of evidence-based practice by occupational therapists.  Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 23(2), 134 – 145.
  • Steif, P. S. & Hansen, M. A.  (2007).  New practices for administering and analyzing the results of concept inventories.  Journal of Engineering Education, 96(3), 205-212.
  • Steif, P. S. & Hansen, M. A.  (2006).  Comparisons between performances in a Statics Concept Inventory and course examinations.  International Journal of Engineering Education, 22(5), 1070-1076.
  • Stone, C. A., Davidson, L. J., Evans, J. L., Hansen, M. A.  (2001).  Validity evidence for using a general critical thinking test to measure nursing students’ critical thinking.  Holistic Nursing Practice, 15(4), 65-74.
  • Stone, C.A & Hansen, M.A. (2000).  The effect of errors in estimating ability on goodness-of-fit tests for IRT models.  Educational and Psychological Measurement, 60(6), 974-991.
  • NEWSLETTERS

  • Hansen, M., & Iaquinta, A.  (2007, December 13).  A guide for using peer assessment formatively and effectively.  ASCD Express, 3(5).  http://www.ascd.org/ascd-express/vol3/305-toc.aspx
  • REFEREED PROCEEDINGS

  • Steif, P. S. & Hansen, M. A.  (2006).  Feeding back results from a Statics Concept Inventory to improve instruction.  Proceedings of the 2006 American Society of Engineering Education Conference and Exposition.  
  • Stone, C.A & Hansen, M.A. (2000).  Uncertainty in ability estimation and assessing goodness-of-fit of IRT models.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Measurement and Multivariate Analysis, 2, 194-192.
  • REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Presentations

  • 2000 -
    Cerrillo, T. L., Hansen, M. A., Parke, C. S., Lane, S., Scott, K. (April 2000). The relationship between MSPAP and science classroom instruction and assessment materials. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education. New Orleans, LA.
  • 2000 -
    Hansen, M. A., Cerrillo, T. L., & Lane, S. (April 2000). The relationship between MSPAP and social studies classroom instruction and assessment materials. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education. New Orleans, LA.
  • 2000 -
    Harwell, M., Cerrillo, T. L., Hansen, M. A. (April 2000). The effects of different methods of handling missing data on institutional-level models of student persistence. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education. New Orleans, LA.
  • 2000 -
    Lane, S., Stone, C. A., Parke, C. S., Hansen, M. A., Cerrillo, T. L. (April 2000). Consequential Evidence for MSPAP from the Teacher, Principal and Student Perspective (Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science and Social Studies). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education. New Orleans, LA.
  • 2000 -
    Stone, C. A. & Hansen, M. A. (April 2000). Using resampling methods to evaluate the significance of a goodness-of-fit statistic in Item Response Theory models. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education. New Orleans,LA.
  • 2000 -
    Stone, C. A. & Hansen, M.A. (May 2000). Uncertainty in ability estimation and assessing goodness-of-fit of IRT models. Paper presented at the 2000 International Conference on Measurement and Multivariate Analysis, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • 2006 -
    Hansen, M. A. & Steif, P. S. (April 2006). Using results from concept inventories to improve teaching: Providing feedback on concept scores. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA.
  • 2006 -
    Steif P.S. & Hansen, M. A. (June 2006). Feeding back results from a Statics Concept Inventory to improve instruction. Paper presented at the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Il.
  • 2008 -
    Hansen, M. A. & Iaquinta, A. (April 2008). Will peer assessment work in my classroom? Pre-service teachers views regarding a formative peer assessment model. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.
  • 2009 -
    Dolhi, C., Salls, J., Hansen, M. A., & Silverman, L. (April 2009). Evidence-Based Practice: Strengthening Academic and Clinical Connections. Poster presented at the 2009 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo. Houston, TX.
  • 2009 -
    Lyon, S., Heh, P., Zigmond, N., Wolf, P., & Hansen, M. A. (October 2009). Science for Students With Significant Cognitive Disabilities. Presentation at the TASH Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2009 -
    Salls, J., Benson, J., Cole, K., Piekielek, A., and Hansen, M. A. (April 2009). A Comparison of the Handwriting without Tears Program and Peterson Directed Handwriting Program on handwriting performance in typically developing first grade students. Poster presented at the 2009 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference and Expo. Houston, TX.
  • 2010 -
    Hansen, M. A. (March 2010). A collaborative service-learning experience: Robert Morris University and the Girl Scouts of Western PA. Poster presented at the Spring Service Learning Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2010 -
    Hansen, M. A., Lyon, S., Heh, P., & Zigmond, N. (April 2010). Comparing Panelists? Understanding of Standard Setting across Multiple Levels of an Alternate Science Assessment, Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Measurement in Education, Denver, CO.
  • 2010 -
    Hansen, M. A., Lyon, S., Heh, P., & Zigmond, N. (April 2010). Tracking Panelists Thought Processes during the Standard Setting for a Statewide Alternate Science Assessment. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • 2010 -
    Lyon, S., Hansen, M., Heh, P. & Zigmond, N. (April 2010). Developing Performance Level Descriptors for a Statewide Alternate Performance Assessment in Science. Presentation at the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo, Nashville, TN.
  • 2010 -
    Lyon, S., Heh, P. Wolf, P., Zigmond, N., & Hansen, M.A. (April 2010). Science for Students with Significant Disabilities: Alternate Assessments and Classroom Instruction. Presentation at the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo, Nashville, TN.
  • 2011 -
    Hansen, M. A., Heh, P., Harayama, N. & Lyon, S. & Zigmond, N. (April 2011). Informing test design through comparisons of student response data and Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Measurement in Education (NCME). New Orleans, LA.
  • 2011 -
    Van den Heuvel, J. R., Hansen, M. A., & Ilangakoon, C. (June 2011). Longitudinal performance level classifications for students with significant cognitive disabilities: Illustrating student mastery over time. Paper presented at the 2011 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA), Orlando, Fl.
  • 2012 -
    Hansen, M. A., Heh, P., Lyon, S. & Zigmond, N. (April, 2012). Building and improving the validity argument for a large scale alternate science assessment. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2012 -
    Heh, P., Hansen, M. A., Lyon, S. & Zigmond, N. Consequential validity evidence for an alternate science assessment, (April, 2012). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2012 -
    Van den Heuvel, J., Hansen, M.A., & Ilangkoon, C. Examining growth in alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS). (April, 2012). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • 2012 -
    Van den Heuvel, J., Hansen, M.A., & Ilangkoon, C. Longitudinal analysis for students with significant cognitive disabilities: Looking back in order to look forward (April, 2012). Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Schedule of Courses
Schedule Book for All Active and Available Future Terms, Mary


Spring 2015
Course-SectionTimeDaysLocInstructorSessionSeats
  • EDUC6130-D
  • -APPTMHansen1 (01/12-05/02/15)0 Seats
  • EDUC6140-E
  • -APPTMHansen1 (01/12-05/02/15)0 Seats
  • EDUC6630-L1
  • -ONLINEFHansen2 (01/10-03/06/15)11 Seats
  • EDUC6650-L1
  • -ONLINEFHansen4 (03/07-05/02/15)11 Seats

    Spring 2015: Doctora
    Course-SectionTimeDaysLocInstructorSessionSeats
  • EDML8250-A
  • 06:00-10:00 PM RMHansen5 (03/09-05/02/15)7 Seats

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