Donovan, Courtney

Courtney Donovan

Clinical Assistant Professor
  • School of Education & Human Development

I was a middle school science teacher who essentially worked myself out of a job because I was asking too many questions and trying to use data to make improvements. I realized I needed more training which led me to a PhD in research methods and statistics. Now that I have the knowledge and tools I need, I have three goals: First, I want to provide practitioners with tools they need to make improvements and decisions based on good data. Second, I want to use my classroom experiences to ensure a teacher-voice is heard in the research field. Finally, my love of science pulls me to ask questions that are science-education related and drives much of my research. Plus I love teaching classes that can be intimidating (i.e. stats!) and making them accessible to all my students.

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychometrics and Measurement, specifically using Item Response Theory via Rasch modeling
  • Quantitative Methods, specifically advanced modeling with Structural Equation Models
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Mixing methods

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Ph.D in Research Methods and Statistics



  • 04/2019 Provost’s Award for Excellence in Practices Related to Non-Tenure-Track Faculty; given to the SEHD Faculty Research Center
  • 06/2016 Excellence in Youth Services Award for the Putting SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) into Action grant work from the Colorado Association of Libraries.
  • 04/2014 Best Graduate Student Paper Award from the International Objective Measurement Workshop