Ph.D. in educational psychology, Northwestern University
M.A. in college student personnel, Michigan State University
B.A. in biology, Albion College
Classroom assessment, students’ mistakes and learning errors, quantitative research design and measurement
Served as executive director of the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), a partnership between VCU and seven Richmond area school divisions, for 20 years
Earned the VCU School of Education’s Charles Ruch Teaching Award in 2013
Delivered keynote presentations across the United States and in several foreign countries
Had books translated into three foreign languages
Edited the forthcoming Routledge book series, “Student Assessment for Educators”
McMillan, J. H. (2014). Classroom Assessment: Principles and Practice for Effective Standards-Based Instruction (6th Ed.). Boston: Pearson Education.
McMillan, J. H. (Ed.) (2013). Sage Handbook of Research on Classroom Assessment. Sage Publications.
Dr. James McMillan has completed nearly four decades of work in higher education, mostly as a VCU School of Education professor teaching educational psychology, research and measurement. In addition to his duties as a faculty member, he has served as a department chair (for 10 years), as director of a research consortium and, most recently, as the school’s interim associate dean of academic affairs.
McMillan’s career has included the development of a doctoral program in research and evaluation, active participation in national professional associations, and numerous professional journal articles and presentations, where he established a national/international reputation for contributions in classroom assessment. During the spring of 2015, McMillan served as a Scholar in Residence at the University of South Africa.
His current work focuses on how students’ being wrong – making mistakes and learning errors – can facilitate motivation, self-regulation, perseverance, study skills and subsequent achievement.