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Expert To Speak at NJIT About Careers for Women in Science

Jacquelynne S. Eccles, PhD, a nationally recognized expert in adolescent psychology and career choice and the director of a research program about gender and achievement at the University of Michigan, speaks at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) March 6, 2006, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the NJIT Campus Center. Eccles will discuss how to encourage women to choose careers in science and  technology plus understand and overcome barriers. 

Eccles is the Wilbert McKeachie Collegiate Professor of Psychology, in the women’s studies and education department at the University of Michigan. She also serves as a research scientist at the Institute for Social Research and is the interim chair of the psychology department. Eccles has conducted more than 30 years of research on gender-role socialization, teacher expectancies, classroom influences on student motivation and social development in the family and school. Her work has focused on the adolescent period when behaviors such as smoking dramatically increase.

Eccles is past chair of an advisory committee at the National Science Foundation. She is a member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on successful adolescent development and chair of the MacArthur Foundation on successful pathways through middle childhood.

Eccles has been the associate editor of Child Development and co-author of Women and Sex-Roles and Managing to Succeed. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. More about her research can be found at: RCGD Primary Research Staff.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.