Robert Sternberg

 

Robert Sternberg

Professor
B44 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
 
Phone: (607) 255-1452 Fax: (607) 255-9856
Email: rjs487@cornell.edu
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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 is the author of roughly 1600 refereed publications. His H value is 154 and his i10 value is 770. He has been cited 101,756 times. His main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, teaching and learning, love, 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.  I also advise 10 undergraduate students who come to his weekly lab meetings and 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.

I taught a course on Ethics in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences to students at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, after my classes ended at Cornell. I received partial expenses but no honorarium for teaching the course.

Together with my wife, Karin Sternberg, I revised our cognitive-psychology textbook with Cengage.  The book is coming out in January, 2016, in its seventh edition.

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

Together with my wife, Karin Sternberg, I finished a revision of our textbook, The Psychologist's Companion, which is now about to come out with Cambridge in its sixth edition.

I signed a contract with Cambridge for an undergraduate edition of The Psychologist's Companion.

I signed a contract with APA for a new book, Starting Your Career in Academic Psychology, oriented toward graduate students who are about to start out as academics.

I finished a revision of Career Paths in Psychology, a book for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in psychology. The book will be coming out in its third edition with APA Books.

I finished a revision of Psychology 101 1/2, my book of advice for students in psychology.  The book will be coming out in its second edition with APA Books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Current Professional Activities:

I have been a member of the board of directors, and have been immediate Past-President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  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. None of the board service is 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, and hate.  I have taught courses in most of these areas, as well as in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, introductory psychology, 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 (two projects), as well as 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) and in a report by Diener and colleagues 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.

 
Current Public Engagement Activities:

My main public engagement this year has been in the Town of Lansing, where my wife Karin and I were behind a petition drive to prevent irresponsible development in the area we live, Lake Watch.  The petition had in excess of 80 signatures from our neighborhood and appears to have been successful in heading off irresponsible development in our neighborhood.

I gave a talk to Ithaca high school AP students in a set of lectures organized by Wendy Wililams.  I spoke about my work on love.

 

 

 

 
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 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 two years at Cornell.

 

 
Related Websites:

robertjsternberg.com

 
Administrative Responsibilities:

In 2015, I have been on the Board, as immediate past-president, of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  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:

2015

 

Kaufman, J. C., & Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  The creative mind.  In C. Jones, M. Lorenzen, & J. Sapsed (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of creative industries  (pp. 33-49).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Archaic testing and teaching in the United States: Why do they persist?  In M. J. Feuer, A. I. Berman, & R. C. Atkinson (Eds.), Past as prologue: The National Academy of Education at 50 (pp. 265-269).  Washington, DC: National Academy of Education.

Sternberg, R. J. (May 29, 2015).  Career advice from an oldish not quite geezer.  Chronicle of Higher Education, 61(37), A27-28. http://chronicle.com/article/Career-Advice-From-an-Oldish/230335/.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Competence versus performance models of people and tests: A commentary on Richardson and Norgate. Applied Developmental Science, 19(3), 170-175. DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2015.1008920.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015). Conclusion: Distilling advice about academic leadership. In R. J. Sternberg, E. Davis, A. C. Mason, R. V. Smith, J. S. Vitter, & M Wheatly (Eds.), Academic leadership in higher education: From the top down and the bottom up (pp. 265-269).  Lanham, MD: Rowman-Littlefield. 

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Coping with verbal abuse in academia.  Chronicle of Higher Education, 61(41), A26-A27. http://chronicle.com/article/Coping-With-Verbal-Abuse/231201/.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Editorial from the incoming editor: Should I submit my article to Perspectives on Psychological Science?  Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(2), 143-144.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Epilogue: Why is ethical behavior challenging? A model of ethical reasoning.  In R. J. Sternberg & S. T. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical challenges in the behavioral and brain sciences (pp. 219-226).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Ethical impotence.  Journal of College and Character, 16, 180-185, DOI:

10.1080/2194587X.2015.1057154.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Foreword.  In R. A. Beghetto, J. C. Kaufman, & J. Baer, Teaching for creativity in the Common-Core classroom (pp. vi-xii).  New York: Teachers College Press.

 

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Multiple intelligences in the new age of thinking.  In S. Goldstein, D. Princiotta, & J. Naglieri (Eds.), Handbook of intelligence: Evolutionary theory, historical perspective, and current concepts (pp. 229-242).  New York, NY: Springer.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015). The Rainbow Project and beyond: Using a psychological theory of intelligence to improve the college admissions process. In M. A. Gernsbacher, R. W. Pew, L. M. Hough, & J. R. Pomerantz (Eds.), Psychology and the real world (2nd ed., pp. 139-146). New York: Worth.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Response to Pashler, Bjork, McDaniel, and Rohrer.  American Journal of Psychology, 128, 125. 

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Styles of thinking and learning: Personal mirror or personal mirage: A review of The Malleability of Intellectual Styles by L.-F. Zhang.  American Journal of Psychology, 128, 115-122.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  A surprising request from a grant monitor.  In R. J. Sternberg & S. E. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical challenges in the behavioral and brain sciences: Case studies and commentaries (pp. 205-207).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015). When to lead how: the administrative challenges of academic leadership.  In R. J. Sternberg, E. Davis, A. C. Mason, R. V. Smith, J. S. Vitter, & M. Wheatly (Eds.).  Academic leadership in higher education: From the top down and the bottom up (pp. 63-68). Lanham, MD: Rowman-Littlefield.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Epilogue: Why is ethical behavior challenging? A model of ethical reasoning.  In R. J. Sternberg & S. T. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical challenges in the behavioral and brain sciences: Case studies and commentaries (pp. 218-226).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015). Intelligence: Historical and conceptual perspectives. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (2nd ed.,  Vol. 12, pp. 303-308). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  A model of creative institutional change for assessing universities as learning organizations.  Creativity Research Journal, 27, 254-261.

DOI 10.1080/10400419.2015.1063874.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Still searching for the Zipperumpazoo: A reflection after 40 years.  Child Development Perspectives, 9(2), 106-110.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Successful intelligence:  A new model for testing intelligence beyond IQ tests.  European Journal of Education and Psychology, 8, 76-84. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejeps.2015.09.004.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Teaching for creativity: The sounds of silence.  Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 9(2), 115-117.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Teaching for thinking: ethical reasoning.  In R. Wegerif, L. Li, & J. C. Kaufman (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of research on teaching thinking (pp. 11-18). New York: Routledge.

Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Why 1904 testing methods should not be used for today’s students.  The Conversation.  https://theconversation.com/why-1904-testing-methods-should-not-be-used-for-todays-students-50508. November 18.

 Sternberg, R. J. (2015).  Wrong problem, wrong solution. A review of Nicholas Wade, A troublesome inheritance: Genes, race, and human history.  PsycCritiques.60(13), http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038982.

Sternberg, R. J., Davis, E., Mason, A. C., Smith, R. V., Vitter, J. S., & Wheatly, M. (Eds.) (2015).  Academic leadership in higher education: From the top down and the bottom up. Lanham, MD: Rowman-Littlefield.

Sternberg, R. J., & Fiske, S. E. (Eds.) (2015).  Ethical challenges in the behavioral and brain sciences: Case studies and commentaries.  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Fiske, S. E. (Eds.) (2015).  Preface.  In R. J. Sternberg & S. E. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical challenges in the behavioral and brain sciences: Case studies and commentaries (pp. xv-xvii).  New York: Cambridge University Press.

Sternberg, R. J., & Jarvin, L. (2015). Alfred Binet. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 596-599).  Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Sternberg, R. J., & Sternberg, K. (2015).  Teaching cognitive science.  In D. Dunn (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of undergraduate psychology (pp. 419-430).  New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

 

 

In press

                                                                                                      

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) (in press).  Creative intelligence in the 21st century.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (Eds.) (in press).  Giftedness and talent in the 21st century.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Previewing a collaborative exploration of creative intelligence in the 21st century.  In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Creative intelligence in the 21st century.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Ambrose, D., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  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.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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

Cianciolo, A. T., & Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Practical intelligence and tacit knowledge: A prototype 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.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Becoming an eminent researcher in psychological science.  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. (Ed.) (in press). Career paths in psychology (3rd ed.).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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). 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).  Psychology 101 ½ (2nd ed.).  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  Styles of thinking and learning: Personal mirror or personal mirage? Review of L.-F. Zhang, The malleability of intellectual styles.  American Journal of Psychology.

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).  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). What does it mean to be intelligent?  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. (in press).  What makes a psychological scientist “eminent”?  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. (in press).  What universities could be.  Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Sternberg, R. J. (in press).  What’s wrong and how to fix it.  In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.), Creative intelligence in the 21st century.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

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., Fiske, S. T., & Foss, D. J. (in press).  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. (Eds.) (in press).  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., & Sternberg, K. (in press).   Cognitive psychology (7th ed.).  Lanham, MD: Cengage.

 

 

 

 
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.