Advisory Board

Formed in 2015, the Second Language Testing, Inc. Advisory Board comprises an array of richly diverse internationally renowned and highly respected experts in Second Language Testing, Speaking Assessment, Test Design, Language Frameworks of Reference, and, Computer Adaptive Testing, and Psychometrics.  The function of the board is to provide academic and business guidance to SLTI, and to ensure that the company remains at the leading edge of Second Language Test design, development, and delivery.

John L. D. Clark, Ph.D.

John L. D. Clark, Ph.D.

 

John L. D. Clark is emeritus dean of Program Evaluation, Research, and Testing at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC).  His academic training includes an M.A. in Romance languages at the University of North Carolina and a doctoral degree in Research and Instruction at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he concentrated on measurement issues in language teaching and testing.  Professionally, over a 14-year tenure at the Educational Testing Service, Dr. Clark was involved in developing and validating tests in the TOEFL, GSFLT, and other ETS programs with a foreign- or second-language component.  Following his tenure at ETS, Dr. Clark joined the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) as director of their foreign language education division and director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics.  In his most recent position at the Defense Language Institute, he encouraged and supervised the development, validation, and large-scale administration of progressively-improved Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPT) and collaborated extensively with other Federal colleagues and agencies as chairman of the Federal Language Testing Board (FLTB) and chairman of the Defense Language Testing Advisory Board (DELTAB).  Although widely experienced in language testing issues as a whole, Dr. Clark maintains a special interest in two particular areas:  speaking proficiency assessment; and, for any specified language learning outcome, developing highly efficient and effective means to achieve that outcome, including, among others, naturalistic exposure, teacher-delivered instruction, and technology-based approaches.

 

Ray T. Clifford, Ph.D.

Ray T. Clifford, Ph.D.

 

Associate Dean, College of Humanities, BYU    Professor Clifford received his PhD from the University of Minnesota, and he has served in numerous administrative and academic assignments, including service as Chancellor of the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California.  He has specialized in the science of creating valid, reliable, and fair tests; and his professional honors include:  
• Recipient of the “Language Flagship Leadership Award” by the Flagship Directors, 2014.
• President of the Joint National Committee on Languages (2012-2014).
• Recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession (2009) from the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages. 
• President of the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (2008 – 2009).
• President of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (2008 and 1993).
• Doctor of Letters, honoris causa from Middlebury College (2003).
• Recipient of the Vice President of the United States Award for “Reinventing Government” (1996).

 

Lawrence Rudner, Ph.D.

Lawrence M. Rudner, Ph.D.

 

Lawrence M. Rudner is a freelance consultant specializing in computer adaptive testing. In his past position as Vice President of Research and Development at the Graduate Management Admission Council, his work included test validation, adaptive testing, professional standards, QTI specifications, test security, data forensics, and contract monitoring for the GMAT® exam. Larry conducted some of the first research on several lasting measurement topics, including the use of Item Response Theory to assess item bias, parameter invariance, assessment of person fit, validity of a composite measure, and classification accuracy.  He has received the Award for Outstanding Dissemination of Educational Measurement Concepts to the Public from the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Test Publishers. Previously, he was the Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation and the past President of the International Association for Computer Adaptive Testing. He is also the founder and co-editor of the online journal Practical Assessment Research and Evaluation, which is now the most widely read journal in the field. 
     

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D.

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D.

 

Mary Ann Lyman-Hager, Ph.D., is Professor of European Studies and French at San Diego State University, where she currently directs a national Language Training Center, focusing on teaching critical languages for special purposes to military personnel. She has served on the editorial boards of the Foreign Language Annals, the CALICO Journal, and Language Learning and Technology, and has been on the Executive Board of CALICO. She is the author of numerous articles in the field of language testing, acquisition, and software for teachers. She has served as program reviewer for a number of American colleges and universities as well as on dissertation committees, both nationally and internationally. She is author of the Computer Assisted Speech Tool (CAST), a formative oral performance measure at two distinct levels (Intermediate and Advanced), available in 15 languages, and of the Lesson Plan Generator (LPG), which is used in teacher education programs..  Recently named Most Influential Professor in the Department of European Studies by the 2015 Outstanding Graduating Student in European Studies at SDSU, she has focused recent efforts on developing courses in War Narratives (World War I and World War II) and on producing online materials, including a bilingual textbook for SDSU's French Civilization courses.

 

Charles Stansfield, Ph.D.

Charles W. Stansfield, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Stansfield was the founding president and owner of (SLTI), a company devoted exclusively to the development of second language proficiency instruments, and to practical approaches to the testing of nonnative English speakers.  He has extensive experience working with US Government agencies, particularly the FBI, the Administrative Office of the US Courts, the Department of Education, DoD agencies and the Bureau of Indian Education.  He has been a member of the Defense Language Testing Advisory Board, which provides advice and guidance on language testing matters to the DoD.  He has published and lectured on the testing of all four skills and on the testing of translation and interpretation performance.  

For eight years, Dr. Stansfield served as Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Languages and Linguistics and the Division of Foreign Language Education and Testing at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) in Washington, DC.  Prior to his service at CAL, he was an associate director of the TOEFL program at Educational Testing Service (ETS).  Before moving to ETS he was a professor of Spanish and applied linguistics at the University of Colorado, where he also served as director of assessment at the BUENO Bilingual Education Training Resource Center.  He is author, editor or coeditor of a dozen books and 60 articles, mostly on language testing.  He is one of only three Americans to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Language Testing Association.