Janet K. Holt, Ph.D. joins the Illinois Education Research Council August 1, 2012 as its Executive Director. Holt brings 18 years of experience in quantitative methods and analysis of large-scale data to the Council. Her contributions to educational research are in the areas of growth modeling of educational data, persistence of women and minorities into STEM fields, adult literacy reading practices, reading comprehension in college students, growth of early reading fluency, multivariate methods, and other areas. Holt has also collaborated on several studies of language development in young children. She has served as sole or co-PI on grants from the American Educational Research Association, National Institutes of Health, and the Law School Admissions Council. She has additionally played support roles on grants from the National Science Foundation. Holt brings her professional organizational background to the Council from her service as President of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association and Chair of the Educational Statisticians SIG of the American Educational Research Association. In addition, she has served on editorial boards of several educational journals including Educational Researcher, American Secondary Education, and Journal of Advanced Academics, among others.
Holt comes to SIUE from Northern Illinois University, where she most recently held the position of Professor and Program Coordinator of Educational Research and Evaluation and Methodology Strand Chair of the Center of Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. She received her B.S. in Zoology with University Highest Honors from SIUC in 1981 and graduated with her Master of Science in Education (Educational Psychology) in 1990 and Ph.D. in Education (Educational Psychology – Statistics and Measurement) in 1994 from SIUC.