Ph.D., University of Minnesota, May, 2012
Program: Educational Psychology
B.S., Brigham Young University, 2006
Associate Professor, School of Education, University of California, Davis, 2019 – Present
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2018 – 2019
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2012 – 2018
Child Development; Collaborative Learning; Gender and technology; Learning in Informal Settings; Qualitative Methodology; Technology and identity
Darnel Degand joined the School of Education as an assistant professor in July 2017. He studies the various ways media and society influence the development of social success skills by exploring the social processes that exist within media production environments and media consumption experiences. His research also involves the design and development of educational media products and experiences.
Cassandra Hart is an associate professor of education policy. She evaluates the effects of school, state and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement, and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on school choice programs, school accountability policies, and effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.
Jennifer Higgs is an assistant professor of Learning and Mind Sciences and Language, Literacy, and Culture. Her research focuses on digital tool use that supports learning and teaching, adolescents’ digital literacies, and teacher education in the language arts. Using sociocultural theories of learning and varied methodologies (including design-based research, case study, and survey research), Dr. Higgs investigates practices around digital tools as well as improvement of digital tool practices.