- I am tremendously excited about research, discovery and student learning: these are the paramount missions of a university.
- Much of my work is thinking how to best develop people's skills, e.g. how can graduate students develop expertise that is adaptable to new challenges, how can undergraduates develop a robust understanding of the Nature of Science, and how best to leverage cognitive science to help students learn.
- The principles of emergent change can be used to achieve the scale and impact of change needed at universities. In emergent change, faculty, staff, and students develop and implement plans in response to an agreed upon vision and goals.
These principles guide my work as Assistant Dean in the Graduate College, my HHMI work to retain science majors by having all students do science within their lab courses, and my scholarly work in both physics and learning research.