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James Bovaird Associate Professor, Program Director, Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods

2002 Ph.D., Quantitative Psychology, University of Kansas
2000 M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Kansas
1997 B.A. & B.S., Biology & Psychology, Baker University

Dr. Bovaird is currently accepting students for Fall 2024

Philosophy Statement:

As a quantitative psychologist, I am primarily interested in improving current quantitative methods and implementing new applications to facilitate the answering of substantive questions. I have a strong and broad background in general and applied statistics as a result of my formal training and prior analytic experiences in private consulting, institutional research, education, psychology, and industry. This interdisciplinary background enables me to approach new methodological issues with a broad perspective and broader arsenal of tools.

Courses Taught

  • EDPS 971 - Structural Equation Modeling
  • EDPS 991 - Seminar in Educational Psychology and Measurements
  • EDPS 995 - Doctoral Seminar

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
APA Division 5 Executive Committee Coordinating Officer & Secretary. 2012-2015APA Division 5 Executive Committee Secretary. 2009-2012College of Education and Human Sciences Faculty Student Mentoring Award Nominee. 2010, 2011, 2012College of Education and Human Sciences Early Career Research/Creative Activity Award. 2008College of Education and Human Sciences Scholarly Enhancement Program. 2006-2008
2011 to present, Associate Professor (with tenure), Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2009 to present, Co-Principal Investigator & Core Director, National Center for Research on Rural Education (R2Ed)2006 to present, Director, Statistics & Research Methodology Unit, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Family, and Schools2005-2011, Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
American Educational Research Association - Division D, SEM SIGAmerican Psychological AssociationNational Rural Education AssociationPsychometric Society