Teomara Rutherford Joins University of Delaware School of Education as Assistant Professor of Education
Alumna Teomara (Teya) Rutherford, Ph.D., J.D., joined University of Delaware School of Education as an Assistant Professor of Education in the Learning Sciences specialization.
Rutherford earned her Ph.D. in Education from UCI in 2014, specializing in Learning, Cognition, and Development. While at UCI, she was an NSF Graduate Research Program Fellow and UCI Public Impact Distinguished Fellow. Her dissertation, The Calibration of Confidence Judgments in Elementary Mathematics, received the American Psychological Association Division 15 Pintrich Dissertation Prize.
For the past four years, she served as an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology within the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University. At NC State, she developed a program of research focusing on learning and motivation in digital environments, garnering funding as PI or Co-PI on four National Science Foundation grants, most recently receiving an NSF CAREER award to study "The Measurement and Influence of Mathematics Motivation in a Digital Context." This program of research is one that cuts across the fields of educational psychology, mathematics education, and computer science.
About her work, Rutherford says, “The interdisciplinary perspectives I received at UCI and the freedom I was granted to pursue the research that interested me during my doctoral studies set the stage for the work I’ve conducted since. I look forward to continuing research around understanding and supporting student academic motivation and am excited about the new opportunities that a move to the University of Delaware will bring.”