Jeff Kosovich


Jeff has been involved in educational psychology for nearly 10 years. He became interested in student motivation and laboratory research during his undergraduate studies. While pursuing his M.A., he worked as a graduate assessment consultant for the Center for Assessment and Research Studies. There he helped to analyze and refine assessment work conducted in General Education and in the Office of Residence Life.  At the same time, Jeff became interested in psychological measurement and implementation fidelity while continuing to study student motivation and conducting field research.

As an Institute of Education Science predoctoral fellow, Jeff worked in the Motivate Lab at UVa. During that time he and the lab partnered with a large community college to advance his work. Jeff and the research team first received a small research fellowship, and later collaborated to secure a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to support the research. The goal of the study was to improve student success in entry-level mathematics courses using social-psychological interventions. Through quantitative and qualitative evaluation, Jeff and his colleagues continually improved facets of the research process, the collaboration process, and the content of the interventions. His dissertation explored methods for lessening the technical and practical tensions of conducting measurement in real-world settings.

Jeff has presented his work to both researchers and practitioners at national and international conferences, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), the International Conference on Motivation (ICM), and the American Mathematics Association for Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC). Jeff has published measurement, experimental, and longitudinal research in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal for Early Adolescence (JEA), the Journal of Educational Psychology (JEP), and Contemporary Educational Psychology (CEP).

Current Role

Jeff is a post-doctoral fellow for the Societal Advancement Insights and Impact Group.  He currently works on  several projects including the: Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program, CCL Principal Leadership Data Project, Coaching Culture Initiative, KBR Healthy Places NC, Leadership Gap Indicator for Students, and UNC Baddour Leadership Academy. He is interested in continuing his work on pragmatic measurement applications. Finally, he is working to curate and strategically use data for formative application, summative evaluation, and scientific understanding.

Areas of Expertise

Motivation, Measurement, Field Experiments, Implementation Fidelity

Educational Background

Ph.D. in Educational Research: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia; M.A. Psychological Science: Quantitative Methods from James Madison University; B.A. Psychology from Northern Illinois University

Professional Affiliations

Jeff is a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA), and the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE).

Curriculum Vitae

My background is heavily rooted in motivation research for education and methodological work. I endeavor to work at the intersection of content and methods. My prior work on motivation focused on students in classroom settings and their perceptions of value. Methodologically, my background is in quantitative methodology and measurement with a focus on field experiments, implementation fidelity, and measurement invariance modeling.  One of my goals is to develop better measurement practices for applied research by balancing technical demands of high quality measurement and practical concerns of operating in real-life contexts (i.e., Pragmatic Measurement).

At CCL, I am continuing my work on pragmatic measurement. I am also beginning to explore the connections between motivation and leadership. Finally, I am working to curate and strategically use data for formative application, summative evaluation, and scientific understanding.

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Honors, Awards, Grants

  • Carnegie Alpha Lab Research Network Fellow, Carnegie Foundation: 2013-2014.
  • Virginia Education Science Training Fellow, University of Virginia: 2013-2017.
  • Removing Barriers to Success: An Integrative Expectancy-Value Intervention (NSF).

Current Projects

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