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Dr. Jilliam N. Joe

Research Director


Focus Areas: Research and Evaluation

Dr. Jilliam N. Joe joined the Aurora Institute in 2024 as Aurora’s Research Director. She is an experienced psychometrician and program evaluator with a demonstrated history of working in nonprofit and startup environments. Dr. Joe is the founder and president of the consultancy Measure by Design and has served as the Vice President of Learning Insights at Leap Innovations and an Associate Research Scientist at ETS.

She has designed, managed, and provided technical guidance for applied research projects and assessment programs within the large-scale testing industry, state education agencies, and university settings. Dr. Joe has a proven record of reducing project costs and increasing the quality of outcomes through smart design decisions. She has contributed to projects, consultations, and studies that have impacted the measurement of performance-based assessments and, in particular, classroom observation practices, notably the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Joe is a contributing author on a number of classroom observation implementation reports and books.

She earned her Ph.D. in Assessment and Measurement from James Madison University, an M.S. in Urban Studies from the Strome College of Business, and a B.S. from Old Dominion University.