Ronald A. Beghetto

Professor & Director of Innovation House

Expertise: Creativity in teaching, learning, & instructional leadership


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

Areas of Expertise: 

Creativity and innovation in educational settings

Personal Website:

TEDx Talks:

Take Beautiful Risks

Uncertainty as a catalyst for creativity in schools and classrooms


Dr. Beghetto serves as Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of UConn’s Innovation House.  He also directs the Graduate Program in Cognition, Instruction, Learning, & Technology. 

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

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 


Beghetto, R. A. (in press).  Beautiful Risks: Having the courage to teach and learn creatively. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Beghetto, R. A. (2018).  What if? Building student problem solving through complex challenges. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

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

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

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

Beghetto, R. A., Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C. (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.). (2017). Cambridge Companion to Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Beghetto, R. A., Baer, J., & Kaufman, J. C. (2017).  Teaching for creativity in the Australian Curriculum Classroom. Hawaker Brownlow Education.

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 2018 recipient of the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts and 2008 recipient of Daniel E. Berlyne Award from Division 10 of the American Psychological Association.

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
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