LRDC Board of Visitors

Welcome Board of Visitors 2018

Board Member Bios

* indicates new member in 2018

** not able to attend in 2018

Gautam Biswas**
Professor, Computer Science & Engineering
Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Software Integrated Systems
400 24th Avenue South
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37212

Research Interests: Intelligent systems with primary interests in hybrid modeling, simulation, and analysis of complex embedded systems, and intelligent learning environments. Focus on developing open-ended learning environments to support K-12 STEM education. Currently working on projects that combine computational thinking with visual programming to help K-12 students develop a deep understanding of STEM content.

Hilda Borko
Professor, Education
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Stanford University
485 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-3096

Research Interests: Teacher cognition, the process of learning to teach, and the impact of teacher professional development programs on teachers and students. Current program of research includes a field test of the Problem-Solving Cycle professional development program for mathematics teachers and a study of the effectiveness of a professional development program to improve discourse and inquiry in science classrooms.

Thomas Carr
Professor, Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Department of Psychology
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1116

Research Interests: Perceptual recognition, attention, and the executive control of complex skills, including how skills are learned, how they are performed in their mature and well-practiced states, whether they are susceptible to choking under pressure or other kinds of cognitive and motivational stressors, what is their phenomenology including sense of agency and how one determines that one is exercising accurate executive control, and the neural substrates of these processes using fMRI.

Suzanne Donovan**
Executive Director
SERP Institute
1100 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 1310
Washington, DC 20036

Research Interests: Building a program of work in partnership with school districts. Anchored in classroom and school practice. Primary author and co-editor of two SERP reports: Strategic Education Research Partnership and Learning and Instruction: A SERP Research. Directed the "How People Learn" Project at the National Academies since 1999. Previously on the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Barry Fishman*
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Professor of Information & Education
The University of Michigan
105 S. State Street, Room 4435
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1285

Research Interests: Video games as models for learning environments, teacher learning and the role of technology in supporting teacher learning, and the development of usable, scalable, and sustainable learning innovations through design-based implementation research (DBIR), which he helped establish. Co-author of the Obama Administration’s 2010 U.S. National Educational Technology Plan. Associate Editor of The Journal of the Learning Sciences 2005-2012.

Arthur Graesser (Chair)
Professor, Experimental (Cognitive)
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152-0001
901- 678-2742

Research Interests: Cognitive science, discourse processing, and the learning sciences. More specific interests include knowledge representation, question asking and answering, tutoring, text comprehension, inference generation, conversation, reading, education, memory, emotions, computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and learning technologies with animated conversational agents.

Judith Harackiewicz
Professor, Psychology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1202 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53706-1969

Research Interests: Human motivation, specifically intrinsic motivation, interest, and achievement motivation. Studies how different kinds of performance evaluation and feedback influence an individual's intrinsic interest in an activity. Also interested in motivational issues in educational psychology and studies how goals affect the development of interest in academic subjects.

Ping Li*
Dean, Faculty of Humanities
Chair Professor of Neurolinguistics and Bilingual Studies
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Hong Kong SAR
(852) 3400 8210

Research Interests: Understanding the relationships among language, brain, and culture. Investigates the computational and neural mechanisms underlying language acquisition and representation in native and non-native speakers of Western languages (e.g., English) and Asian languages (e.g., Chinese). Research identifies common and distinct cognitive and neural processes in language acquisition and representation.

Danielle McNamara*
Professor, Psychology
Arizona State University
Payne Hall, Suite 108
1000 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287-2111

Research Interests: Cognitive processes involved in comprehension, writing, and learning, and to apply that understanding to educational practice by developing and testing educational technologies (e.g., iSTART, Writing Pal) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools (e.g., Coh-Metrix). NICHD. Previously served on the Governing Board for the Cognitive Science Society. Current President of the Society for Text and Discourse.

Kenneth Pugh
President, Director of Research, and Senior Scientist
Haskins Laboratories, Yale University and the University of Connecticut
Director, Yale Reading Center
300 George Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Research Interests: Neurobiology of typical and atypical language and reading development in children. Also interested in genetics of neurolinguistics, and in the specific learning content area of literacy. He has applied neuroimaging techniques and behavioral measures to provide a foundation for better understanding the specific deficits evident in reading disabled children.

Stephanie J. Rowley*
Provost, Dean of the College
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3000

Research Interests: Development of achievement motivation and academic self-views as they change across major school transitions and as they relate to race and gender. Examines predictors of parent socialization and effects of that socialization on children’s motivation and identity.

Reed Stevens**
Professor, Learning Sciences
School of Education & Social Policy
Northwestern University
319 Annenberg Hall
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001

Research Interests: Learning and activity in a wide range of places and situations including classrooms, design-centered and scientific workplaces, and science museums. Interested in understanding how people make and use knowledge and where that knowledge comes from. Context is a core issue for research. As a former teacher, he is very interested in the places that are designed for learning to happen. TEDx talk at

Stanley W. Thompson*
Program Director, The Heinz Endowments
30 EQT Plaza
625 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Research Interests: Works with schools and community-based organizations to improve student achievement and promote high-quality learning, instruction and educational leadership in the Pittsburgh region. Previously executive director of Times2 Academy for Engineering, Mathematics, Science and Technology; a middle and high school English teacher; a middle and high school principal; a senior associate with the Coalition of Essential Schools; director of a career and technical center; and associate director of high schools for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Massachusetts.