Dennis Hocevar

  • Professor of Clinical Education

Research Concentration

  • Educational Psychology


PhD, Cornell University
Dennis  Hocevar

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Dr. Dennis Hocevar is a Professor of Clinical Education at Rossier. His areas of expertise include measurement, statistics, educational psychology and research methodology; all of which have been the subject areas of basic and advanced classes he has taught since 1977. Hocevar was the recipient of the Rossier’s's first annual Socrates award for excellence in teaching in 1987.

Most recently, he has been working on the practical use of quantitative data in leader decision-making, accountability, performance assessment, standard-setting and organizational evaluation. His research program includes over fifty published articles and eighty conference papers and more than 1,000 citations. Hocevar’s advisement responsibilities in the areas of research design, measurement, and statistics have included over five hundred doctoral committees in about a dozen different disciplines on the USC campus. Hocevar is currently working in the area of teacher, principal and superintendent evaluation and he has recently introduced Comprehensive Achievement Profiling (CAP), a fair, transparent, and practical framework for using test scores to evaluate teacher and administrator performance.

For more than 20 years, Hocevar served as the technical director of University Evaluation Services (UES) at USC. From 1984-89, Hocevar was the technical director of the California Bilingual Certificate of Competence project. Hocevar is also the former Secretary/Treasurer of the International Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR) and has served as a member of the following editorial boards: American Educational Research Journal, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice; Educational and Psychological Measurement, Structural Equation Modeling, Journal of Creativity Research, and Educational Psychology Review. At USC, Hocevar served as a department chair and chair of the school’s Salary, Promotion and Tenure committee (1990-1998). He received his B.A in Psychology and Economics with a Mathematics minor from Denison University and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a minor in Measurement, Statistics and Research Methodology from Cornell University.