Michael Rodriguez

Michael Rodriguez - Associate Dean and Professor
Associate Dean and Professor, Educational Psychology
College of Education and Human Development, Twin Cities

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and International Initiatives

Co-Director of the Educational Equity Resource Center
Campbell Leadership Chair

  • Education
  • Early childhood
  • Education practice and theory


Michael Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the associate dean for Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and International Initiatives; the Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development; and professor in the College of Education and Human Development.

His research focuses on understanding the psychometric properties of tests, such as the effects of item formats and the use of constructed-response versus multiple-choice items. He has a strong interest in applied measurement, spending a good deal of time working with schools and school districts to develop methods for improving their use of large-scale test information for planning and evaluation. He also works on issues related to improving accessibility of assessment of students with disabilities and English language learners and leads a Youth Development Research Group, examining multiple aspects of youth development, social-emotional skills, and important educational outcomes. He currently provides advisory support to the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (ETS), the U.S. Department of Defense on military personnel testing, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Buros Center for Testing.