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.