- Ph.D. in educational psychology, Northwestern University
- M.A. in college student personnel, Michigan State University
- B.A. in biology, Albion College
Classroom assessment, students’ mistakes and learning errors, quantitative research design and measurement
- Served as executive director of the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), a partnership between VCU and seven Richmond area school divisions, for 20 years
- Earned the VCU School of Education’s Charles Ruch Teaching Award in 2013
- Delivered keynote presentations across the United States and in several foreign countries
- Had books translated into three foreign languages
- Edited the forthcoming Routledge book series, “Student Assessment for Educators”
- McMillan, J. H. (2014). Classroom Assessment: Principles and Practice for Effective Standards-Based Instruction (6th Ed.). Boston: Pearson Education.
- McMillan, J. H. (Ed.) (2013). Sage Handbook of Research on Classroom Assessment. Sage Publications.
Dr. James McMillan has completed nearly four decades of work in higher education, mostly as a VCU School of Education professor teaching educational psychology, research and measurement. In addition to his duties as a faculty member, he has served as a department chair (for 10 years), as director of a research consortium and, most recently, as the school’s interim associate dean of academic affairs.
McMillan’s career has included the development of a doctoral program in research and evaluation, active participation in national professional associations, and numerous professional journal articles and presentations, where he established a national/international reputation for contributions in classroom assessment. During the spring of 2015, McMillan served as a Scholar in Residence at the University of South Africa.
His current work focuses on how students’ being wrong – making mistakes and learning errors – can facilitate motivation, self-regulation, perseverance, study skills and subsequent achievement.