Robert Sternberg

 

Robert Sternberg

Professor
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Curriculum Vitae
 
Biographical Statement:

Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University.  He was previously President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming.  Before that, he was Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He also is Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University.

He was previously Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University, and before that, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University. He is a Past President of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, as well as Treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.He currently is Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science. He holds 13 honorary doctorates and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education.  Sternberg has won both of the top awards from APS: the William James Award and the James McKeen Cattell Award.  He is also the winner of the APA Div. 1 Ernest Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to General Psychology

Sternberg is the author of over 1600 refereed publications. His H index is 166 and his i10 index is 828. He has been cited 116,674 times. His main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, teaching and learning, love, jealousy, envy, and hate.

 
Teaching and Advising Statement:

I taught HD 1150, Introduction to Infant and Child Development, and the accompanying section, HD 1160, in the fall of 2014.  In the spring of 2015 I taught HD 4440 and HD 6440, the undergraduate and graduate sections of my course on The Nature of Intelligence.  In the fall of 2015, I taught HD 1100, Lifespan Development, as well as HD 4450 and 6450, Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  In the fall of 2016, I taught HD 1100 and also HD 4440 and 6440.  I also advise 10 undergraduate students who come to my weekly lab meetings, some of whom sign up for credit through independent study.  The lab meeting does not have a course number.  I base my instruction on the augmented theory of successful intelligence, meaning that I emphasize in teaching and assessment creative, analytical, practical, and wisdom-based/ethical thinking.

Together with my wife, Karin Sternberg, I revised our cognitive-psychology textbook with Cengage

   Cognitive Psychology (7th ed.).

With Karin, I also produced this year

    The Psychologist's Companion (6th ed.) 

    The Psychologist's Companion for Undergraduates.  

I also wrote three texts for advanced students and junior faculty:

    Psychology 101 1/2 (2nd ed.) 

    Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology 

    Career Paths in Psychology (3rd ed.)

I am leading the HD departmental Life Span Development textbook project.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Current Professional Activities:

 

I am currently Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science, an APS journal. 

I also am a member of the Board of The Imagination Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The board service is not compensated. 

I also am active in the National Academy of Education and am a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

I also am the departmental leader of the HD Lifespan Development textbook project, a project that involves almost the entire department collaborating to produce a textbook for which 1/2 the revenue will flow directly to Cornell. 

 
Current Research Activities:

My main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, leadership, ethics, love, jealousy, envy, and hate.  I have taught courses in most of these areas, as well as in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, introductory psychology, lifespan development, ethics, and professional socialization.

My current collaborative research projects with my colleagues are on graduate admissions, medical-school admissions, ethics (two projects), and implicit theories of abilities across different ethnic/racial groups, my new triangular theory of creativity, as well as new two-factor models of jealousy and envy. 

I am the author of roughly 1,600 publications and, as a principal investigator, have received more than $20 million in grant funding. I have won more than two dozen awards for my work.

I was cited in an APA Monitor report as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century (#60)

In a report in Archives of Scientific Psychology by Diener and colleagues I was cited as one of the top 200 psychologists of the modern era (#60).

I have been listed by ISI as one of the most frequently cited scholars (top 1/2%) in psychology/psychiatry.

I was listed as one of the "top 33 psychologists for psychology textbook citations by Griggs & Christopher, 2016, in Teachign of Psychology. I was ranked #5, and #3 among those still living.

 

 
Current Public Engagement Activities:

The South Carolina Psychological Association had a special symposium for the public this  year on coping with hatred and prejudice and I spoke there.

 

The University of Pennsylvania had a special symposium for educators on creativity and I spoke there.

 

The University of Houston had symposium for educators on identifying gifted children and I did a videoconference.

 

I had two videoconferences to public audiences. Spain on my work.

 

 

 
Education:

B.A., Psychology, summa cum laude, honors with exceptional distinction in psychology, Yale University


Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University

13 honorary doctorates from 12 different countries

 
Courses Taught:

HD 1100

HD 1150

HD 1160

HD 4010

HD 4440

HD 6440

HD 4450

HD 6450

All of these are NEW courses for me that I have taught in my first three years at Cornell.

 

 
Related Websites:

robertjsternberg.com

 
Administrative Responsibilities:

This year I have begun service as chair of a college promotion committee for associate to full professor.

I have coordinated the departmental lifespan-development textbook project for Norton, which unexpectedly has turned out to be a rather major administrative responsibility.

I previously have served as president of the American Psychological Association (and four of its divisions), the Eastern Psychological Association, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology.  I have been treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. I am a past-president of the University of Wyoming, past-provost of Oklahoma State University, and past-dean of arts and sciences of Tufts University.

 
Selected Publications:

2016

 

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) (2016).  Creative intelligence in the 21st century: Grappling with enormous problems and huge opportunities.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) (2016).  Giftedness and talent in the 21st century: Adapting to the turbulence of globalization.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Previewing a collaborative exploration of creative intelligence in the 21st century.  In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Creative intelligence in the 21st century: Grappling with enormous problems and huge opportunities (pp. 3-20).  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Previewing a collaborative exploration of giftedness and talent development in the 21st century.  In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Giftedness and talent in the 21st century: Adapting to the turbulence of globalization (pp. 3-14).  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Bonney, C., R., & Sternberg, R. J. (2016). Learning to think critically. In R. E. Mayer & P. A. Alexander (Eds.), Handbook of research on learning and instruction (2nd ed., pp. 175-206). New York: Routledge. 

Sternberg, R. J. (2016, April).  Alternative measures of intelligence:  Five reasons why IQ tests have no value in K-12 schooling and never did. The School Administrator, 33-35.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  “Am I famous yet?”  Judging scholarly merit in psychological science: An introduction.  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11, 877-881.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Becoming an eminent researcher in psychological science.  In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D. J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions (pp. 487-491).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Editorial:  The gift that keeps on giving, but for how long?  Journal of Intelligence, 4(1) 4. doi: 10.3390/jintelligence4010004.  http://www.mdpi.com/2079-3200/4/1/4/html.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  The end of average is above average: A review of The end of average: How we succeed in a world that values sameness.  PsycCritiques, 61(41), Review 2. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040539.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Going, going, gone…A review of Evicted: Poverty and profit in the American city.  PsycCritiques, 61(28), Article 3.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Groundhog Day: Is the field of human intelligence caught in a time warp?  Comment on Kovacs and Conway. Psychological Inquiry, 27, 236-240.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Has the term “gifted” become giftig (poisonous) to the nurturance of gifted potential? In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.).  Giftedness and talent in the 21st century: Adapting to the turbulence of globalization (pp. 283-292).  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016, June 6).  Have I got a deal for you!: Review of The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova.  PsycCritiques, 61(23), Article 3.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016, June 20).  How to move the world…or your life or your career. Review of A. Grant, Originals. PsycCritiques, 61(25), Article 6.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  On being Jerome Kagan: Why Kagan’s mind matters.  PsycCritiques, 61(20), http://psycnet.apa.org/psyccritiques/2016-20447-001.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Paying the price of misdirected education.  ENIAC (March 29).  http://espacioeniac.com/paying-the-price-of-misdirected-education/.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Psychology 101 ½: The unspoken rules for success in academia (2nd ed.).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016). Teaching for creativity.  In R. A. Beghetto & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), Nurturing creativity in the classroom (2nd ed., pp. 355-380).  New York: Cambridge University Press. 

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  Testing: For better and worse.  Phi Delta Kappan, 98, 66-71.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016, July 11).  Two out of three ain’t bad:  A review of The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, by Eric Weiner.  PsycCritiques, 61(28), #2, Article 2. 

Sternberg, R. J. (2016). What does it mean to be intelligent?  In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D. J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions (pp. 183-186).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  What makes a psychological scientist “eminent”?  In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D. J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions (pp. 3-7).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  What universities can be: A new model for preparing students for active concerned citizenship and ethical leadership.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  What’s wrong and how to fix it Balance of abilities matters more than levels.  In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Creative intelligence in the 21st century: Grappling with enormous problems and huge opportunities (pp. 257-262).  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016).  When good, not so good, and downright evil people do bad things: A review of Moral Disengagement by Albert Bandura.  PsycCRITIQUES. 61(8), Article 1.

Sternberg, R.J. (2016, June 15).  Wisdom applied: The secret sauce that has allowed me already to have achieved immortality.  In S. Tobias, J. D. Fletcher, & D. C. Berliner (Series Eds.), Acquired Wisdom Series, Education Review23, http://edrev.asu.edu/index.php/ER/article/view/2089.

Sternberg, R. J., Fiske, S. T., & Foss, D. J. (2016).  Introduction.  In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: The greatest living behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., Fiske, S. T., & Foss, D. J. (2016).  Preface.  In R. J. Sternberg, S. T. Fiske, & D J. Foss (Eds.), Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions (pp. 25-27).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., Fiske, S. T., & Foss, D. J. (Eds.) (2016).  Scientists making a difference: One hundred eminent behavioral and brain scientists talk about their most important contributions New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2016).  The psychologist’s companion (6th ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

 

 

 

2017

 

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.) (2017). Career paths in psychology (3rd ed.).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (2017).  Starting your career in academic psychology.  Washington, DC: APA Books.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2017).   Cognitive psychology (7th ed.).  Boston, MA: Cengage.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2017).  The psychologist’s companion for undergraduates.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

 

 

 

In press

 

Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Practical intelligence and tacit knowledge: An ecological view of expertise.  In K. A. Ericsson, R. Hoffman, A. Kozbelt, & M. Williams (Eds.), Cambridge handbook on expertise and expert performance (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hayes, N., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  How should textbook authorship count in evaluating scholarly merit.  Academe.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  21 ideas: A 42-year search to understand the nature of giftedness. Roeper Review. 

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  ACCEL: A new model for identifying the gifted.  Roeper Review.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  “Am I famous yet?”  Judging scholarly merit in psychological science: An introduction.  Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  An alternative interpretation of climate data: Intelligence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Creativity, intelligence, and culture.  In V. P. Glaveanu, Palgrave handbook of creativity and culture.  London: Palgrave.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). The danger of contempt in universities and in modern society.  Journal of College and Character. 

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Further implications in analyzing contempt in modern society.  Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Intelligence and competence in theory and practice. In A. J. Elliot & C. S. Dweck (Eds.), Handbook of competence and motivation (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Publications.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  IQ testing.  In S. Ayers, C. McManus, S. Newman, K. Petrie, T. A. Revenson, & J. Weinman (Eds.), Cambridge handbook of psychology, health, & medicine (3rd ed.).  Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Is gifted education on the right path? The ACCEL model of giftedness. In D. Sisk, B. Wallace, & J. Senior (Eds.), Handbook of gifted education.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  It’s time to move beyond the „great chain of being.“  Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  The psychology of creativity.  In S. Nalbantian & P. M. Matthews (Eds.), Secrets of creativity: What neuroscience, the arts, and our minds reveal.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Robert J. Sternberg.  In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences.  New York:  Springer.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Smart is as smart does: A Review of Does your family make you smarter, by James. R. Flynn.  PsycCRITIQUES.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Successes and failures in a sixty-year career trying to understand human intelligence.  International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Successful intelligence in theory, research, and practice.  In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), The nature of intelligence.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Teaching for creativity.  In R. A. Beghetto & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), Cambridge companion to nurturing creativity (2nd ed.).  New York: Cambridge University Press. 

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Theories of intelligence.  In S. Pfeiffer (Ed.), APA Handbook of giftedness and talent. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  The triangle of creativity.  In R. J. Sternberg & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), The nature of human creativity.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  A triangular theory of creativity.  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts. 

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Triarchic theory of intelligence.  In B. Frey (Ed.), SAGE encyclopedia of educational research, measurement, and evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). The triarchic theory of successful intelligence. In D.P. Flanagan & P. L. Harrison (Eds.), Contemporary intellectual assessment: Theories, tests, and issues (4th ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Types of generalization: Introduction to the special section of Perspectives on Psychological Science on cultural psychology.  Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  We can do better than fads.  In S. O. Lilienfeld & I. D. Waldman (Eds.),  Psychological science under scrutiny: Recent challenges and proposed solutions. New York: Wiley.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Which articles make a difference? Introduction to Special 30th APS Anniversary Issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science. Perspectives on Psychological Science.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Why is it so hard for academics to write textbooks?  Psychology Teaching Review.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press). Wisdom. In S. J. Lopez (Ed.) Encyclopedia of positive psychology. (2nd ed.) New York: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Sternberg, R. J., & Hagen, E. S. (in press).  Teaching for wisdom.  In R. J. Sternberg & Glueck, J. (Eds.) (in press).  Cambridge handbook of wisdom.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Hagen, E. (in press). Wisdom.  In M. Bornstein (Ed.), Sage encyclopedia of lifespan human development.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sternberg, R. J., & Hayes, N. (in press).  The road to writing a textbook. Teaching of Psychology.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, J. C. (in press).  Societal forces that ERODE creativity.  Teachers College Record.

Sternberg, R. J., & Kaufman, S. B. (in press).  Theories and conceptions of giftedness.  In S. Pfeiffer (Ed.), Handbook of giftedness in children: Psycho-educational theory, research, and best practices (2nd ed.).  New York: Springer.

 

 
Selected Keywords:
intelligence, creativity, wisdom, ethics, leadership, thinking styles, love, hate, jealousy, envy, organizational modifiability, teaching and learning

 
The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.