Donald B. Yarbrough is Professor of Educational Measurement and Statistics with a secondary appointment in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa (UI). He began his professional career as an English teacher at the Gymnasium Sarstedt in Niedersachsen and as a teacher educator at the Kant Pädagogische Hochschule in Braunschweig, (West) Germany. Dr. Yarbrough received his M.A. in Germanic Languages and Linguistics from the University of Kentucky in 1972 and his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1982. During his many years in higher education, he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in German, English and American literature, rhetoric, cognitive and developmental psychology, educational measurement and statistics, and assessment and evaluation. Dr. Yarbrough has published in a wide variety of scholarly journals and has authored and co-authored more than 200 funded evaluation reports, journal articles, and book chapters.
After being promoted and tenured at Iowa in 1992, Dr. Yarbrough founded the Center for Evaluation and Assessment and served as its director for two decades. He served two terms as the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research (UI College of Education), and six years as the Associate Director for Metrics and Evaluation in the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (UI Carver College of Medicine). Dr. Yarbrough is a member of the Iowa Academy of Education, where he served as a board member and president. From 1996 to 2015, he served as the National Council on Measurement in Education delegate to the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, as member, Vice Chair, and Chair. Dr. Yarbrough also served as Task Force Chair for the development of the 3rd edition of the Program Evaluation Standards. His current scholarship focuses on the scholarly and scientific foundations for evaluation standards and their use in educational improvement. His most recent scholarly initiatives are focused on investigating the applicability of the Program Evaluation Standards to testing programs and to educational programs in different cultures and languages. He has just completed NSF sponsored research to metaevaluate the Iowa State STEM Initiative Evaluation.