The American Educational Research Association (AERA) has named Steven Andrew Culpepper (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) as editor of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS) for the 2020–2022 volume years. JEBS, cosponsored by AERA and the American Statistical Association (ASA), provides an outlet for papers that are original and useful to those applying statistical approaches to problems and issues in educational or behavioral research.
Culpepper was appointed by 2019–2020 AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker and the 2019 ASA Board of Directors, on the recommendation of the JEBS Management Committee, which was charged with conducting the search.
Culpepper will begin receiving new manuscripts on July 1, 2019, assuming the role currently held by Daniel McCaffrey (Educational Testing Service) and Li Cai (University of California, Los Angeles). He expressed confidence that “the JEBS community has the collective knowledge and expertise to contribute to the development of innovative statistical procedures to meet the demands of contemporary educational and behavioral scientists.”
Culpepper is an associate professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research examines the nexus of statistics, learning, behavioral research, and educational testing. His research projects investigating models for multivariate categorical data have been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and AERA. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, the Journal of Educational Measurement,the Journal of Classification, and Organizational Research Methods, and as associate editor of the 2016–2018 Proceedings of the International Meeting of the Psychometric Society.
Culpepper's professional service includes membership on the Board of Trustees of the Psychometric Society, AERA’s Research Advisory Committee, and the Technical Review Panel of the National Indian Education Study. In addition, he welcomes opportunities to collaborate on interdisciplinary teams of scholars, advise doctoral students, and work to broaden participation of underrepresented and first-generation college students in the mathematical and data sciences. He earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.