Dr. Mitch Porter

Assistant Professor
Quality Assurance Coordinator


  • B.A., Double Major in English and Foreign Languages, University of Idaho, 2008
  • M.A., Linguistics, California State University Long Beach, 2010
  • Ph.D., Educational Research and Assessment, The University of Alabama, 2019

Professional Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Alabama, 2017 – 2019
  • Full Time Instructor, English Language Institute at the University of Alabama, 2014 – 2017
  • Course Director, English as a Second Language Department, Full Sail University, 2012-2013
  • Full Time Instructor, Beijing Language and Culture University, China, 2010 – 2012
  • Curriculum Developer and Coordinator, Zhongjie Education International, China, 2010 – 2012
  • Assessment Developer and Editor, National Education Examination Authority, China, 2010 – 2012

Dissertation Title

  • The development and validation of a vignette-based academic grit scale

Areas of Research Expertise

  • Quantitative Methodology in Education and Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Assessment Development
  • Non-cognitive Skills
  • Educational Psychology

Selected Conference Presentations and Publications

  • Porter, M., Choi, Y.J., Tomek, S. (2018, April). Investigating the factor structure of the CES-D in an impoverished African American sample. Poster presented at the American Educational Research Association annual meeting, New York, NY.
  • Porter, M., Schumacker, R., & Tilford, A. (2017) Summary of evaluation presentations at AERA, 2011-2015. Poster session presented at the American Educational Research Association, 2017 Annual Meeting, Washington DC.
  • Stager, C., Porter, M., & Swisher, S. (2015). Cultivating Student Success Beyond Proficiency: The Research Answers. Panel Discussion at AMTESOL, Tuscaloosa, AL.
  • Porter, M. (2013). The use of iBooks and iTunes U in the classroom. Paper presented at the Sunshine State Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Orlando, FL.
  • Wind, S. A., Hua, C., Porter, M., Stager, C., & Zhang, S. (2016). An updated version of Ben Wright’s “Method and Meaning of Measurement” infographic. Rasch Measurement Transactions, 30(3), ISSN 1051-0796.