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Name: Elmore, Patricia B. (1943-)

Historical Note:

Patricia B. Elmore is Professor Emerita in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education in the College of Education and Human Services at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC).  Her career at SIUC spanned over 40 years in faculty and administrative positions.  She earned her all of her degrees at SIUC: a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a chemistry minor in 1965, a master’s degree in educational psychology in 1967, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology with a focus on statistics and measurement in 1970.

Elmore worked as a systems engineer trainee for IBM Corporation from 1965-1966 before her employment at SIUC as a graduate fellow and instructor while earning her master’s and Ph.D. degrees from 1966-1970.  Upon earning her Ph.D. she became Assistant Professor in the university’s Department of Guidance and Educational Psychology (the predecessor of the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education).  In 1974 she became Associate Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1980.  Elmore began administrative positions in 1998 when she served as Associate Dean for Administrative services in the College of Education and Human services from 1998-2005.  She served as the college’s Interim Dean from 2005-2007.  She then served as Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs from 2007-2009, and returned to her Professor position until her retirement in 2010.

Dr. Elmore’s research covered school counselor evaluation and test use standards, counselor training in assessment and measurement, research methodology, statistics teaching, measurement and evaluation, a theoretical model for predicting statistics achievement, and evaluation of teaching effectiveness.  She as presented over 140 papers and published numerous articles in several journals, some of which include: Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Educational Measurement, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Educational Researcher, The School Counselor, and the International Journal of Testing, among others.  Her book co-authored with Paula L. Woehlke entitled Basic Statistics was published in 1997, and the Handbook of Complementary Methods in Education Research co-edited with Judith Green and Gregory Camilli was published in 2006.  Dr. Elmore was co-editor of Educational Researcher from 2007-2009 and editor of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.  While she was editor of Educiational Researcher, the journal was ranked first in impact factor rankings in the June 2010 Journal Citation Reports Education and Educational Research category.

Professional service including both elected offices and committee appointments include: Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) President, Treasurer, and Representative to the ACA Governing Council; chair of AACE Committees on Bias in Measurement, Position Statements and Standards, Nominations and Elections, Handbook, student Research Award, and ASCA-AACE Task Force on Standards for School Counselor Competence in Assessment, among others.

She has earned numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career.  She is a Fellow of the American Counseling Association (ACA) and American Educational Research Association (AERA).  Awards include the ACA Research Award (1994), induction into the Educational Council of 100 (2000), University Faculty Woman of Distinction Award from SIUC (2001), AACE Exemplary Practices Award (2003) for the "Competencies in Assessment and Evaluation for School Counselors," and AACE Special Merit Award as MECD Journal Editor (2004), among others.

Sources: Patricia Elmore cirriculum vitae and self-authored biographical sketch, located in her faculty papers donor file.
Note Author: Patricia Elmore and Matt Gorzalski

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