Dr. Mark J. Gierl is Professor of Educational Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Measurement and Evaluation (CRAME) at the University of Alberta. His specialization is educational and psychological testing. He received his PhD from the College of Education at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Professor Gierl’s current research program focuses on automatic item generation. He co-edited the most recent book on this topic, "Automatic Item Generation: Theory and Practice" (Routledge, 2013), with Professor Thomas Haladyna from Arizona State University.