Interim Dean's Biography

On July 1st, 2021, Laura M Stapleton became Interim Dean of the University of Maryland College of Education.


Laura M. Stapleton is interim dean of the College of Education at the University of Maryland. As a professor of measurement, statistics, and evaluation, her research focusses on identifying new ways to measure constructs and on the statistical modeling of data emanating from state, national, and international data collection and assessment systems.

Dr. Stapleton has published numerous articles and book chapters and has served as associate editor for AERA Open and the Journal of Educational Psychology. Her co-edited books include Advances in Multilevel Modeling for Educational Research, and The Reviewers Guide to Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, winner of the American Educational Research Association Division D Significant Contribution award.

As a national expert in education data analysis, Dr. Stapleton regularly consults with research organizations and state and federal agencies. She was awarded a Gulliksen Psychometric Fellowship at the Educational Testing Service and was the Associate Director of the Research Branch of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center for five years. She earned her doctorate from the University of Maryland, and prior to joining the faculty at Maryland, she was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Prior to joining academe, she had positions as an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and analyst at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Stapleton brings her scholarly interests to her role as interim dean through her efforts to encourage rigorous evaluation of new regulations and innovations in education. Prior to becoming interim dean, she spearheaded the college’s strategic planning process and has continuously measured progress toward our shared goals.

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