Professional Development Division

The Professional Development Division focuses on developing and expanding the knowledge, skills, and abilities of NCTA members through the annual conference, the e-journal, Special Interest Groups (SIGs), webinars and the virtual conference.

Cindy James, Division Head
Thompson Rivers University

Jim Wollack, Division Head
University of Wisconsin-Madision

Annual Conference
The annual conference is NCTA’s major professional development activity that provides participants (onsite and virtual) an opportunity to present and discuss issues related to testing.

There are six subcommittees that assist with organizing and hosting the conference. For more information about these committees and other partners, please click here

Journal of the National College Testing Association (JNCTA)

The JNCTA is the only professional journal dedicated to the test development and administration issues affecting college testing offices.

Jim Wollack, Editor
Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Non-Standard Testing

The Non-Standard Test Committee provides on-going support to members who provide non-standard (accommodated) testing for students with disabilities through webinars, conference programming, and web-based resources.

Tim O'Connor, Chair
Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
(608) 262-9151

Amy Danzo, Northern Kentucky Univ
David Espinoza, Univ of Oregon
Heidi Pettyjohn, Univ of Cincinnati
Diane Smith, Portland State Univ

Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Special Interest Groups are a place for NCTA members to come together through common interests in ways that support the NCTA mission, vision, and goals. SIGS are built around identified needs and special interests of testing professionals and are intended to provide an opportunity for members to access information and resources in a specific subject matter.

Active Special Interest Groups

Universal Access in Testing (UAT)

UAT is a community of professionals who work with students with disabilities, specifically related to their access to classroom and standardized exams. The goal of UAT is to provide NCTA members with resources that enrich their work with accessible and accommodated testing for student with disabilities.


Katie Shifflett- Chair
Community College of Baltimore County



Webinarsdelivers professional development presentations to the members of NCTA. These presentations are archived and available for viewing on demand through the website.

David Espinoza, Chair
Univ of Oregon

Proctor Certification Committee

Committee Chair: Rachel Hample, Temple University

Tara Aikens

Savannah State University

Valentina Burton

Kansas State University

Melissa Clementz

Michigan State University

Lisa Epley

Western Kentucky University

Francine Feero

University of Alaska Anchorage

Kyle Haiman

Hawkeye Community College


Temple University

Khristy Horne

Tidewater Community College

Je Ellen Keigley

Eastern Wyoming College

Quianay Laing

Ramapo College of New Jersey

Brandy McMahan

Athens State University

Alesha Rosen

Frederick Community College

Frances Southerland-Amsden

Crafton Hills College

Rosie Summerhays

Salt Lake Community College-South City Campus