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Greg Cizek

Dean Bill McDiarmid poses with Gregory Cizek, the School of Education's Guy B. Phillips Professor.

Dean Bill McDiarmid poses with Gregory Cizek, the School of Education's
Guy B. Phillips Professor.

We are pleased to be able to recognize Greg Cizek as the School of Education’s first Guy B. Phillips Professor.

This professorship is named after Guy Berryman Phillips, a career educator born in 1890 in rural Randolph County. Phillips graduated from Carolina in 1913, and received a master’s degree from Columbia University. He worked as an English teacher and coach in Raleigh, then went to Oxford, N.C., to serve as school superintendent. He came back to Carolina in 1936 as a professor of education and served for many years as director of the summer session. He was named the School of Education’s first dean after the School was re-established in 1948 as an independent school. Phillips served as dean for five years.

This professorship is funded by the Guy B. Phillips Memorial Fund, a dean’s discretionary fund that was created in 2001 by a gift from the estate of Rose B. Byers. I consider myself fortunate to be able to use this fund to supplement salary monies to reward and retain a valued member of our faculty.

Gregory Cizek has been a member of the faculty at the School of Education since 1999. He’s been busy during those 13 years!

A Spartan through and through, Greg earned his B.A. in elementary education from Michigan State University and went on there for his M.A. in curriculum and instruction, then his Ph.D. in measurement, evaluation and research design.

Prior to coming to Carolina, Greg served as an assistant professor then as a tenured associate professor of educational research and measurement at the College of Education at the University of Toledo. Before joining the professorate, Greg was a program manager at American College Testing Program, Incorporated, a test development consultant with the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, and conducted research and performed analyses in the Michigan Senate Policy and Programs Office.

Greg came to his higher education career from a teaching background. He taught elementary and middle school grades for five years in Traverse City, Michigan, then, while pursuing his Ph.D., Greg taught undergraduate educational psychology and then graduate-level statistics and educational research methods.

Greg has authored or co-authored 36 books, book chapters and monographs; 62 articles and reviews; more than 50 reports and other publications, in addition to numerous other proposals, technical, reports evaluation reports and research reports.

He has done all this while providing a wide range of service in his field. He has served on the editorial boards of more than a half-dozen journals, and as a manuscript reviewer for a dozen journals. He has served on numerous committees and panels. He has provided expert opinion to several panels and boards setting standards in the area of assessment, including service on the National Assessment Governing Board, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Technical Advisory Council and its Advisory Council on Education Statistics. He is serving now on the Smarter/Balanced Assessment Consortium Technical Advisory Panel.

Greg has been called upon to provide leadership in the field of assessment at a time when measurement and assessment is drawing more and more scrutiny and attention. Since 1986, he has been a member of the National Council on Measurement in Education, the primary U.S. organization of measurement researchers and practitioners involved in educational testing. Today he is serving that body as president.

Please join me in congratulating Gregory Cizek, our new Guy B. Phillips Professor.