Candidate Statements for Division 15. Educational Psychology

Please note that the submission of a candidate statement was voluntary, so not all candidates listed on the ballot will have a statement.

Candidate: Revathy Kumar, PhD

Office: Treasurer

Candidate Statement:

I am truly appreciative to Division 15 for giving me the opportunity to run for the Treasurer position. This division has been my academic home for many years. The relationships I have developed here have enabled me to advance my enduring research interest in the social and cultural processes underlying the construction of self and identity among adolescents in culturally diverse societies. Currently, I serve on the Early Career Research Grants Committee. I had the pleasure of serving as Historian (2010 to 2015) for the division. I played a key role in redefining the Historian’s unique position. As Historian I had the opportunity to interview several past presidents including Drs. Schutz, Carr, Mandinach, Anderman, and Thorkildsen. The interviews—documented in the Newsletter for Educational Psychologists (NEP) issues—have provided me with an insight into the workings of division. I learned that to realize the division’s goals, it is the important to work toward meeting its changing needs. It enabled me to recognize the value of collaboration among the past, present, and future office holders for the various administrative positions to ensure the smooth running of the organization. It gave me an appreciation of the importance of maintaining a fiscally sound organization, necessary for funding new grants and creating awards such as the early career research grant for supporting upcoming scholars. These experiences, I believe, have prepared me well to serve as Treasurer. If elected, I will work really hard to foster the financial growth of Division 15.




Candidate: Gwen C. Marchand, PhD

Office: Treasurer

Candidate Statement:

I am currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and the Director of the UNLV Center for Research, Evaluation, and Assessment (CREA). My own work focuses on motivation and engagement as a complex system. I am a past recipient of an APA Division 15 Early Career Award. I’m honored by the nomination to be the Division 15 Treasurer, and feel I have experience that would allow me to help support the mission of the Division and work with other board members to ensure sound fiduciary stewardship of the Division finances if elected to the role. As the Director of CREA, I set budgets and manage multiple accounts, including those related to extramural funding and University accounts. I was also the President of SCIPIE from 2015-2017, during which time I was responsible for the management of the organization and maintaining budgetary priorities. My role included planning and overseeing the 2017 conference. This activity involved developing contracts, ensuring prompt payment, creating budgets for the conference, and working closely with our board members and treasurer on conference accounting. Taken together, these experiences have afforded me familiarity with budgetary and accounting needs of organizations similar to Division 15.




Candidate: Meghan Ecker-Lyster, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I currently serve as the Director of Research and Evaluation within the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs at the University of Kansas. In this capacity I work with TRIO, CAMP, GEAR UP, and other college access programs to provide research and evaluation services. All of the programs I work with focus their service delivery efforts on low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented student populations. My work examines educational equity through a resilience paradigm.

As an early career psychologist, I am excited for the opportunity to get more involved with APA and serve Div. 15 within a leadership role. I currently serve as the Membership Chair for the Evaluation Network for the Missouri River Basin (AEA Affiliate), and am an active member of Div. 15 (Educational Psychology), American Educational Research Association (AERA), Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), and American Evaluation Association (AEA). I have engaged in a broad range of services for APA, AERA, and AEA throughout this year, including conference proposal reviews and outstanding publication award reviews. I regularly serve as an external grant reviewer for the Office of Minority Health and the Office of Family Assistance.




Candidate: Jason P. Herron, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

I would be honored to serve division 15 in the capacity of member at large. I am an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at Wichita State University, in Wichita Kansas. My primary research focus has been problem-solving and decision making, information selection, and influences on success of first-generation college students. I have been active in Division 15 since I entered graduate school at the University of Oklahoma in 2010. I believe it is important for me to give back and serve the division that has provided so many opportunities to me. I understand the expectation for a member at large and I can work collaboratively with others to get things accomplished for the betterment of the division and the fields that it represents. Becoming a member at large will allow me to serve this great division while providing me with an opportunity to continue to grow. If chosen for this position I will work hard to fully support the efforts of the division. Thank you for the opportunity.




Candidate: Tim Urdan, PhD

Office: Member-at-Large

Candidate Statement:

Dear Division 15 Members,

I am excited about the possibility of serving as member-at-large for Division 15. A few years ago I served a term as the council representative for the division and I learned a lot about the changes APA was initiating and about the dedication and hard work of the members of the leadership team for Division 15. I would very much like to work with the current and incoming leadership team to move support the priorities of the members of the Division. If elected, I would like to hear your ideas and concerns for work of the Division so I can present them to the leadership team. I appreciate your support.




Candidate: Michelle M. Buehl, PhD

Office: Vice President

Candidate Statement:

I am a Professor and the Academic Program Coordinator for the Educational Psychology program in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I also serve as the Division Director for the Educational Psychology, Research Methods, and Education Policy Division within my college. My research focuses on student and teacher beliefs and motivation in relation to learning and academic development. Recent projects in middle school and university settings have focused on how teacher practices and the classroom context support student outcomes including epistemic cognition, engagement, motivation, and achievement. I am currently on the editorial boards for Journal of Educational Psychology, Educational Psychology Review, and Journal of Experimental Education.

My service to Division 15 began in 2000 when I was a graduate student serving as a proposal reviewer and increased after I completed my PhD. I have served as the Graduate Student Affairs Committee Co-Chair (2006-2009) and Program Co-Chair (2016). I am often a Faculty Mentor to students in the Division 15 Graduate Student Research Seminar. I would be honored to continue this history of service to the Division 15 as Vice President. If elected, I would bring my history and knowledge of Division 15 and the field to continue current efforts. I am committed to supporting high-quality research, with a particular emphasis on mentoring developing scholars, and would work to support connections between research, classroom practice, and education policy.