Jonathan A. Plucker
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Jonathan Plucker is a professor of educational psychology and cognitive science at Indiana University. A well-known expert on creativity, intelligence, and education policy, he is the author of over 100 papers and editor of two books: Critical Issues and Practices in Gifted Education, with Carolyn Callahan, and Essentials of Creativity Assessment, with James Kaufman and John Baer. Prof. Plucker has also led the development of a popular web site on human intelligence. He was the 2007-2008 president of the American Psychological Association's Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (Division 10).
Dr. Plucker received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from The University of Connecticut in 1991, where he also received a master's degree in educational psychology in 1992. After briefly serving as an elementary school teacher, he attended the University of Virginia, where he received his doctorate in educational psychology in 1995. After briefly teaching for two years at the University of Maine, he arrived at Indiana University in 1997 as a visiting assistant professor. He become a tenure-track assistant professor in 1998, with promotion to associate professor in 2001 and full professor in 2006.
He currently directs the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University, where he also directed the Consortium for Education and Social Science Research from 2009-2012.
Dr. Plucker has received a number of honors for his work. For his creativity work, he has received the Daniel E. Berlyne Award for outstanding research by a junior scholar (2001) and the Rudolf Arnheim Award for outstanding research by a senior scholar (2012) from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association, and the 2007 E. Paul Torrance Award for creativity research from the National Association of Gifted Children. For his gifted education research, he has received the NAGC Early Scholar Award (1998) and two awards from the Mensa Education & Research Foundation Award for Excellence in Research (1997 & 2000). For his education policy work, he was ranked in 2011 as one of the Top 100 most influential academics working in education policy.
Dr. Plucker is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (2009) and was named a Fellow of the American Associate for the Advancement of Science in 2011 "for distinguished contributions to the science of creativity and the creation of research-supported education policy."
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