I am currently a Professor of Learning Sciences (Educational Psychology Dept.) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Director of the Center on Education and Work, and Director of the IES Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Mathematical Thinking, Learning and Instruction. I hold faculty appointments in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the Psychology Department, and the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER). I am also a member of the UW Cognitive Science Cluster and the Delta Program steering committee. I served as Chair of the Learning Sciences program from 2004 - 2010.
My research is largely rooted in cognitive, embodied and social perspectives on learning and instruction in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). I examine the nature of learning, teaching, and representations in both their internal (intra-personal) and external (inter-personal) forms as they serve meaning making, individual and group design, reasoning and problem solving.
I enjoy making music, biking, hiking, camping, and generally hanging out.