Ronald A. Beghetto, PhD

Ronald A. Beghetto, PhD

Dr. Beghetto is an internationally recognized expert on creative thought and action in educational settings.  He serves as Professor of Educational Psychology, Director of UCONN's Innovation House and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.  

Dr. Beghetto is the Editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior, series editor for Creative Theory and Action in Education (Springer Books), and serves as a creativity advisor for Lego Foundation.

His work highlights how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning, and leadership practices can result in transformative ways of thinking and acting.  

Central themes in this work include:

Viewing uncertainty as a catalyst for creativity;

Taking a principled approach to creative initiatives and educational innovations;

Supporting teachers and young people in realizing their untapped creative potential;

Taking beautiful risks in teaching and learning to benefit the learning and lives of others;  

Designing learning experiences that enable students to make positive and lasting contributions to their schools, communities, and beyond;

Recognizing that creative thought and action is supported in settings that are open to difference (not in settings that privilege sameness);

Exploring the links between creative expression and academic learning;

Working creatively within constraints; and

Recognizing that if we want to support young people's willingness to take creative risks, then we need to start by taking such risks ourselves.  

Dr. Beghetto is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Div. 10, APA).  He is the 2018 recipient of the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts and 2008 recipient of Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.  

Dr. Beghetto has also received recognition and numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including the University of Oregon 's highest teaching award for early career faculty (2006 Ersted Crystal Apple Award), the 2015 ALD Faculty of the Year Award at the University of Connecticut, and the Provost's Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (University of Connecticut).

Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Beghetto served as the College of Education's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon. He also served as Faculty-in-Residence for Research and Evaluation Projects for UO's Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC). Dr. Beghetto earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Indiana University (with an emphasis in Learning, Cognition and Instruction).