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Michael A. Seaman, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor, Educational Psychology and Research
Department: Educational and Developmental Science
College of Education
Phone: 803-777-0934

Wardlaw 137

Mike Seaman


Michael A. Seaman earned his Ph.D. in Quantitative Methods from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, his M.A. in Educational Research and Statistical Methods from Andrews University, and his B.A. in Physics from Southern Missionary College.


Statistics in the social and behavioral sciences


Nonparametric statistics for behavioral/ social research, R applications development, statistics education, multiple comparison procedures.


Michael A. Seaman is Associate Professor of Educational Research in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Educational and Developmental Science. He is founder of the College of Education's Office of Program Evaluation. Seaman earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990. His writings have appeared in prominent quantitative journals in the behavioral sciences, such as Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Methods, Communications in Statistics, and Educational and Psychological Measurement. Dr. Seaman has served as program chair for the quantitative methods area of Section D of the American Educational Research Association and is a past president of the Educational Statisticians Special Interest Group. He has been principal investigator on many funded projects with funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Selected publications

Meyer, J. P., & Seaman, M. A. (2013). A comparison of the exact Kruskal-Wallis distribution to asymptotic approximations for all sample sizes up to 105. The Journal of Experimental Education, 81, 139-156.

Serlin, R. C. & Seaman, M. A. (2010). Log-linear analysis. In Hancock, G. R. & Mueller, R. O. (Eds.), Quantitative Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Seaman, M. A., & Serlin, R. C. (1998). Equivalence confidence intervals for two-group comparisons of means. Psychological Methods, 3, 403-411.

Seaman, M. A., Levin, J. R., & Serlin, R. C. (1991). New developments in pairwise multiple comparisons: Some powerful and practicable procedures. Psychological Bulletin, 110, 577-586.

Selected presentations

Seaman, M. A., Serlin, R. C., Weinberg, S., Busk, P., & Belli, G. (2005, April). Teaching educational statistics: A guided discussion of ten propositions. Mini-Course presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Montreal.

Schumaker, R. E., Seaman, M. A., & Roberts, J. K. (2003, April). An introduction to S-Plus 6 statistical software. Mini-Course presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Seaman, M. A. (2000, April). A call for teaching more hypothesis testing in educational statistics classes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans.

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