Steven R. Chesnut, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Studies and Research

Research Interests
Commitment and professional longevity
Self-efficacy development and appraisals
Missing data analysis and imputation
Psychometric properties of screeners and instruments

Courses Taught
REF 601 - Educational Research: Interpretation and Applications
REF 602 - Introduction to Educational Statistics
REF 724 - Assessment in Higher Education
REF 791 - Field Problems in Educational Research
REF 792 - Planning for and Handling Missing Data
REF 792 - Alternatives to SPSS (a focus on R)
REF 824 - Advanced Experimental Design

Selected Publications and Presentations (full CV: chesnut_cv.pdf)
Refereed Articles and Book Chapters (in reverse chronological order)

Chesnut, S. R. (2017). On the measurement of preservice teacher commitment: Examining the relationship between four operational definitions and self-efficacy beliefs. Teaching and Teacher Education, 68, 170-180.

Platt, R. E., Chesnut, S. R., McGee, M., & Song, X. (2017). Changing names, merging colleges: Investigating the history of higher education adaptation. American Educational History Journal, 44(1), 49-67.

Chesnut, S. R., Wei, T., Barnard-Brak, L., & Richman, D. M. (2016). A meta-analysis of the social communication questionnaire: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism, , 1-9.

Barnard-Brak, L., Richman, D. M., Chesnut, S. R., & Little, T. D. (2016). More effective ASD screening and the potential prevalence of Social Communication Disorder. School Psychology Quarterly, 31(4), 522-533.

Siwatu, K. O., Chesnut, S. R., Alejandro, A., & Young, H. A. (2016). Examining preservice teachers’ culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy doubts. The Teacher Educator, 51(4), 277-296.

Chesnut, S. R., Siwatu, K. O., Young, H. A., & Tong, Y. (2015). Examining the relationship between the research training environment, course experiences, and graduate students’ research self-efficacy beliefs. International Journal of Doctoral Studies, 10, 399-418.

Montenegro, E., Oh, Y., & Chesnut, S. R. (2015). No le tema a los datos perdidos: Enfoques modernos para el manejo de datos perdidos [Do not worry yourself with missing data: Modern techniques for managing missing data]. Actualidades en Psicología, 29(199), 29-42.

Barnard-Brak, L., Brewer, A., Chesnut, S. R., Richman, D., & Schaefer, A. M. (2015). The sensitivity and specificity of the Social Communication Questionnaire for Autism Spectrum Disorder with respect to age: An examination of modified cutoffs. Autism Research, 9(8), 838-845.

Chesnut, S. R. & Burley, H. (2015). Self-efficacy as a predictor of commitment to the teaching profession: A meta-analysis. Educational Research Review, 15, 1-16.

Wei, T., Chesnut, S. R., Barnard-Brak, L., & Richman, D. (2015). Psychometric analysis of the Social Communication Questionnaire using an item-response theory framework: Implications for the use of the lifetime and current forms. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37(3), 469-480.

Barnard-Brak, L., Schmidt, M., Chesnut, S. R., Wei, T., & Richman, D. (2014). Predictors of access to sex education for children with intellectual disabilities in public schools. Mental Retardation, 52(2), 85-97.

Siwatu, K. O., & Chesnut, S. R. (2014). The career development of preservice and inservice teachers: Why teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs matter. In H. Fives & M. Gill (Eds.), International handbook of research on teachers’ beliefs (pp. 212-229). New York, NY: Routledge.

Chesnut, S. R. & Cullen, T. A. (2014). Effects of self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, and perceptions of future work environment on preservice teacher commitment. The Teacher Educator, 49(2), 116-132.

Wei, T., Chesnut, S. R., Barnard-Brak, L., Stevens, T., & Olivárez, A. J. (2014). Evaluating the Mathematics Interest Inventory using Item Response Theory: Differential item functioning across gender and ethnicities. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment.

Conference Presentations (in reverse chronological order)

Platt, R. E., Chesnut, S. R., McGee, M., & Song, X. (2017). Changing names, merging colleges: A mixed-methods approach to understanding the history of higher education adaption to enhance institutional longevity. A paper presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.

Chesnut, S. R., & Song, X. (2016). The achievement gap in early childhood: Selecting indicators of achievement. A paper presented at the annual conference for the Southwest Educational Research Association in New Orleans, LA.

Chesnut, S. R., Wei, T., Barnard-Brak, L., & Richman, D. (2015). A meta-analysis of the social communication questionnaire: Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Chesnut, S. R. & Siwatu, K. O. (2015). Issues in measuring preservice teacher commitment: Relationships between outcomes and predictors. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Chesnut, S. R., Burley, H., & Barnard-Brak, L. (2015). Measurement issues in teacher self-efficacy and commitment to the teaching profession: A meta-analysis. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Chesnut, S. R., Wang, Y., Barnard-Brak, L., & Xiao, F. (2015). The influence of diverse personal factors and test anxiety on academic cheating behaviors. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Siwatu, K. O., Chesnut, S. R., Young, H. A., & Alejandro, A. Y. (2015). Examining preservice teachers’ culturally responsive teaching self-efficacy doubts: A mixed methods study. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, Illinois.

Siwatu, K. O. & Chesnut, S. R. (2014). The career development of preservice and inservice teachers: Why teachers’ self-efficacy beliefs matter. Presentation to Lubbock Independent School District teachers and administrators at the Annual Summer Leadership Institute sponsored by the Lubbock Independent School District, Lubbock, Texas.

Chesnut, S. R., Tong, Y., Young, H. A., & Siwatu, K. O. (2014). Preparing future researchers: The research training environment in the college of education. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wei, T., Chesnut, S. R., Barnard-Brak, L., Stevens, T., & Olivárez, A. J. (2014). Evaluating the Mathematics Interest Inventory using item response theory: Differential item functioning across gender and ethnicities. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Chesnut, S. R. & Cullen, T. A. (2013). Effects of self-efficacy, emotional intelligence, and perceptions of future work environment on preservice teacher commitment. A paper accepted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California.