Tasha Beretvas

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Dr. Tasha Beretvas

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
John L. and Elizabeth G. Hill Centennial Professor

As Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, Dr. Beretvas is responsible for leading initiatives to support College of Education research and graduate students. She directs the college’s Office of Educational Research Support (OERS), which includes the SMARTER statistics consulting group and collaborates closely with the College of Education Research Administration group that provides administrative support for COE grants. She serves as the Dean’s Office liaison with the college’s research centers.

Dr. Beretvas is the John L. and Elizabeth G. Hill Centennial Professor in the in the Quantitative Methods program in the Department of Educational Psychology. She joined UT’s faculty in 2000. Dr. Beretvas served as the Quantitative Methods program chair for six years and as graduate advisor for the Masters in Mathematics/Statistics for one year. She is a member of the board of directors for the college’s Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk and is a faculty associate of UT’s Population Research Center. Dr. Beretvas has served on UT’s Faculty Council and is a member of the university’s Gender Equity Council, co-chairing its Employment Issues Subcommittee. She is currently chairing the Admissions & Enrollment sub-committee of UT’s Graduate Assembly.

Dr. Beretvas teaches undergraduate and graduate statistics courses offered to students in and outside the college and was a recipient of the 2009 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, 2014 COE Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015 Provost’s Teaching Fellow, and 2016 UT Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.

At a national level, Dr. Beretvas has participated as the national conference Program Chair/Co-Chair for the Quantitative Methods and Statistical Theory Section of AERA’s Division D as well as for AERA’s Educational Statisticians’ and Hierarchical Linear Modeling special interest groups and for the National Council of Measurement in Education. Dr. Beretvas has served as an instructor for AERA’s Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Data Sets, was a member of the Design and Analysis Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and was elected as a member of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology and served for two years as editor of the Research Synthesis Methods journal. Dr. Beretvas has extensive experience serving on federal grant review panels and has received external funding to support her research.

Dr. Beretvas has co-authored more than 100 articles and book chapters. As a methodologist, her main areas of interest focus on evaluation and innovative application of statistical models. Her most recent research has focused on extensions to the conventional multilevel model to handle student mobility (cross-classified and multiple-membership data) and other sources of data structure complexities. Dr. Beretvas also is interested in investigating and innovating meta-analytic techniques used when conducting quantitative meta-analysis of single-case research designs’ results. In 2017, Dr. Beretvas received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Alumnus award and was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in 2018.

Dr. Beretvas received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology from Duke University. She worked for five years at IBM as a programmer before attending the University of Washington in Seattle where she earned a master's and a doctoral degree in 2000 in measurement, statistics and research design from the educational psychology department.