Abstract: This session focuses on development of a comprehensive system to assess cross cultural competency for the United States Military. Conceivably, improved selection and/or training methods are needed to ensure that Soldiers working with people from unfamiliar cultures are cross-culturally competent. Both selection and training require a valid and reliable system for assessing 3C in Soldiers. However, despite the growing recognition of the importance of 3C, a comprehensive assessment system that measures all facets of 3C has yet to be developed. This session will serve as a blueprint to explain our development process and introduce our working framework and the accompanying assessments developed for this activity.
Speaker Bio: Meghan Brenneman is a Lead Research Project Manager in the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success (CAWRS) at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. Meghan received her EdD in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Meghan’s primary research interests include the intersection between secondary and postsecondary education, namely the transition to college for middle to low-achieving students. She is also interested in how noncognitive factors influence success in school and work for academically-struggling students. For the last two years, Meghan has served as a co-PI on a grant funded by the Army Research Institute to develop an assessment that measures cross cultural competency.
Jennifer Klafehn is an Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success (CAWRS) at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ. Jennifer received her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a minor in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Jennifer’s primary research interests center around the assessment of noncognitive constructs, with a particular focus on the development of innovative tools and systems by which to measure cross-culturally relevant skills and performance. Jennifer also conducts research on factors related to cross-cultural performance and adaptation, such as metacognition and situational awareness, as well as methods by which cross-cultural skills can be developed or improved in others. Prior to joining ETS, Jennifer worked for the U.S. Army Research Institute where she was responsible for the management and implementation of their culture research program.
PTC/MW thanks GMU's Industrial-Organizational Psychology Student Association (IOPSA) for their continued support in organizing and hosting our monthly luncheons and workshops.