Jianjun Wang, Ph.D.

Faculty Scholarship and Creative Activity Award, 2014-2015
Department of Advanced Educational Studies

'If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.' - Haruki Murakami

Growing up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Professor Jianjun Wang learned not to blindly trust authority. The combination of boldness and curiosity led him to discover scientific mistakes in a National Science Foundation-funded study that cost U.S. taxpayers more than $51 million. He also generalized a Poisson model from George Rasch, the forefather of the modern Item Response Theory, rendering Rasch’s model as a special case of a more general model for examining test misgrading.

Wang earned graduate degrees in statistics, physics, and science education. He is the principal investigator for evaluating an extensive grant that has a budget of more than $10 million annually during the past five years.