Published: Sept. 1, 2017

Jennifer Jacobs (left) and Katie Van Horne (right).

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs (left) and Dr. Katie Van Horne (right).

The Institute is happy to announce two new Research Professors at ICS.

Dr. Jennifer Jacobs has been promoted Associate Research Professor. Dr. Jacobs has been been a research faculty in ICS since 2003, focusing on classroom teaching, teacher and student learning, and teacher professional development. She is a prolific and well-cited scholar, publishing 33 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and over 40 conference presentations and publications. Dr. Jacobs has also contributed to numerous national and international reports published by the U.S. Department of Education. Her publications include articles in top educational research journals and one of her articles is among the top 10 most-cited articles published in Teaching and Teacher Education. Dr. Jacobs’ has extended her research to create new collaborations across the Institute, including working with science education researchers (Prof. Bill Penuel in the School of Education), working with computer scientists engaged in automatic speech recognition and natural language processing (Profs. Wayne Ward and Tamara Sumner in ICS/Computer Science), and partnering with cognitive neuroscientists (Prof. Christine Brennan in Speech, Language, and Hearing Science).

Dr. Katie Van Horne has been hired by ICS as an Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Van Horne has been a valuable colleague in the Institute of Cognitive Science and the School of Education since her appointment as a Research Associate in 2015. She is the first faculty member within the Institute to have a joint appointment with the School of Education. Dr. Van Horne has served as senior research personnel on numerous externally funded grants and she has been a critical leader in our university’s Research + Practice Partnership with Denver Public Schools as well as our partnership with the Chicago City of Learning. Dr. Van Horne has authored or co-authored six journal publications, two book chapters, three peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and over 30 paper presentations. She is quickly establishing herself as a national expert in the study of connected learning where she is contributing to learning sciences theory and developing new methodologies for studying how youth pursue interest-related activities and learning during out-of-school time. She is partnering with other researchers to develop new computational methods for studying connected learning at scale.

Please join the Institute in congratulating Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Van Horne!