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The ETS Global Institute faculty is made up of practicing professionals who bring firsthand experience to all courses. These testing specialists include:

  • Test developers (with expertise in subjects including math, science, ESL/EFL and history)
  • Psychometricians (statisticians)
  • Managers of testing programs
  • Information technology specialists
  • Experts in test security
  • Communications professionals
  • Trainers of teachers and school leaders

Learn more about some of the Global Institute trainers.

Eugenio J. Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Eugenio J. Gonzalez is currently the Director of the IEA-ETS Research Institute (IERI), a collaborative effort between the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) and ETS that focuses on improving the science of large-scale assessments. The IERI undertakes activities around three broad areas of work that include research studies related to the development and implementation of large-scale assessments; professional development and training; and dissemination of research findings and information gathered through large-scale assessments. He is also head of the Research and Analysis Unit at the IEA Data Processing and Research Center.

Gonzalez formerly served as the Director of Quality Control and Field Operations for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and as Director of International Operations and Data Analysis in the International Study Centre (ISC) at Boston College. In this role, he oversaw the development and implementation of international operations and data analysis procedures for the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). Gonzalez received his Ph.D. in educational research, measurement and evaluation in 1994 from Boston College. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and is a licensed psychologist in Venezuela.

Richard J. Tannenbaum, Ph.D.

Richard J. Tannenbaum is the Senior Research Director for the Center for Validity Research in the Research & Development division at ETS. In this capacity, he oversees the fundamental and applied research that supports the validity associated with score use and score interpretation for testing programs serving higher education, K–12 students and educator licensure. Tannenbaum also co-directs the Validity Initiative, which supports and conducts innovative research in various areas related to validity.

Prior to his current position, he was the Director of the Licensure and Certification Research area (within the Validity Center). Tannenbaum’s primary responsibilities included providing measurement expertise in support of educator licensure and building both standard-setting capabilities and a standard-setting research agenda.

He joined ETS in 1988 as an associate research scientist and has held progressively higher-level positions over the years, including positions in strategic business units.

Tannenbaum earned a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Old Dominion University. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and technical papers. His areas of expertise include standard setting, assessment development, licensure and certification, and validation.

He also has earned the ETS Presidential Award for Extraordinary Accomplishments for his innovative design and implementation of a multistate standard-setting process.

Philip Everson, Ph.D.

Philip Everson is currently a principal assessment designer specializing in ELL in the Assessment division of ETS. ETS ELL products and services include the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests. Everson has led the design of a number of new products, including the TOEIC Speaking test and the TOEIC Writing test. He served as a director of English-language tests during the design and implementation of the TOEFL iBT® test, and has served as Director of Product Development for ELL.

From 1995 to 2000, Everson supervised the ELL test development staff of the Assessment division, the group responsible for the creation of content for the TOEFL test, ETS’s largest computer-delivered test. He began work in TOEFL test development as an item writer in 1990.

Prior to joining ETS, Everson taught English at the University of Delaware, Temple University (Philadelphia) and Temple University Japan (Tokyo). He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Delaware.