Ronald A. Beghetto

Professor & Director of Innovation House

Expertise: Creativity in teaching, learning, & instructional leadership


Professor  | Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program
Director | Innovation House
Graduate Program Director | Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program

Department & Program Affiliation:

Department: Educational Psychology

Program: Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology (CILT)

Areas of Expertise: 

Creativity in teaching, learning, & instructional leadership

Personal Website:

TEDxUConn Talk:

Uncertainty as a catalyst for creativity in schools and classrooms


Dr. Beghetto serves as Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator for the Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology Program in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. 

He is an internationally recognized expert on creativity in educational settings and he serves as editor-in-chief for the Journal of Creative Behavior  (the oldest and longest standing journal devoted to creativity research). 

Dr. Beghetto’s research focuses on promoting creativity in everyday teaching, learning, and leadership practices.  A central theme of his work is how making slight changes to existing teaching, learning, and leadership practices can result in new ways of thinking and acting. 

Prior to joining the faculty at UConn, Dr. Beghetto served as the College of Education’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Education Studies at the University of Oregon.  Dr. Beghetto received his PhD in Educational Psychology from Indiana University.  

More information can be found at 

Recent Books:

Beghetto, R. A. (2016).  Big Wins, Small Steps: How to Lead For and With Creativity.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Beghetto, R. A., & Sriraman, B. (2016).  Creative contradictions in education: Cross disciplinary paradoxes and perspectives.  Switzerland: Springer

Beghetto, R. A. (2013). Killing Ideas Softly? The Promise and Perils of Creativity in the Classroom.  Information Age Publishing.

Beghetto, R. A., Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C. (December, 2014).  Teaching for creativity in the Common Core Classroom. New York: Teachers College Press.  *Winner: 2015 Outstanding Academic Title* (Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries).

Beghetto, R. A., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds). (2010). Nurturing creativity in the classroom. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Beghetto, R. A., & Kaufman, J. C. (Eds.). (in press). Cambridge Companion to Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Beghetto, R. A. (in progress).  What if? Unleashing the power of complex problem-soliving in teaching and learning.  Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Beghetto, R. A. (in progress).  Beautiful Risks: Having the courage to teach and learning with creativity:  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Articles & Chapters:

An overview of recent publications can be found by clicking here –>RECENT ARTICLES & CHAPTERS 


Dr. Beghetto is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (Div. 10, APA).

He is the 2008 recipient of Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association for outstanding research by an early career scholar.

Dr. Beghetto has also received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, including: the Provost’s Recognition for Excellence in Teaching (University of Connecticut);  Recognition for Outstanding Support (2016, UConn’s Marching Band); UConn ALD Faculty Member of the Year for 2015 (University of Connecticut); and the 2006 Ersted Crystal Apple Award (University of Oregon ‘s highest early career teaching award).

Ronald A. Beghetto
Contact Information
Phone860 486 3804
Mailing AddressUnit 3064
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