Four professors have joined the School of Education as Affiliated Faculty members. In addition to teaching and engaging in research in the School, affiliated faculty may advise doctoral students and serve on dissertation and proposal defense committees.
Professor Jutta Heckhausen has joined the School in the Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development (LTCD) specialization. Professor Heckhausen's primary appointment is with Psychology and Social Behavior in the School of Social Ecology. Her research interests include life-span developmental psychology; motivation and developmental regulation in children, adolescents, and adults; control and health; and cultural universals and differences in achievement behavior.
Associate Professor Padhraic Smyth joins the PhD program's Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT) specialization. Professor Smyth's primary appointment is in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS). His research foci encompass data mining, pattern recognition, machine learning, time series analysis, image analysis, artificial intelligence, and applied statistics.
The team of Professor Kurt Squire and Professor Constance Steinkuehler have joined the School's Language, Literacy, and Technology (LLT) specialization. Internationally recognized as gaming experts in the field of education and technology, both professors conduct in-depth studies on how games affect students’ reading, cognitive, and quantitative abilities and have trained students in game design and software development. They recently left the University of Wisconsin for UCI's Department of Informatics, where UCI's computer game science major has become the largest such program in the U.S.