Kenn Barron, Ph.D is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University (JMU) and Coordinator of JMU’s Motivation Research Institute. He also is a Visiting Professor and member of Motivate Lab at the University of Virginia and a Fellow at the Gardner Institute.
Kenn Barron’s research focuses on motivation and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), and has appeared in the Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Educational and Psychological Measurement, Educational Psychologist, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, and New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Kenn also routinely puts his knowledge of motivation and SoTL into practice teaching coursework in research methods, statistics, and psychology, and leading high impact practice initiatives like JMU’s Psychology Learning Community (PLC). The PLC is designed for first year students who have an interest in pursuing a major in Psychology and a future research career in a Psychology-related field. Members live together in the same residence hall while completing a series of curricular and co-curricular experiences designed specifically for them. Throughout his career, he has received numerous teaching, research, service, and advising awards. For example in 2012, he was named both a fellow of the American Psychological Association and one of Princeton Review’s Top 300 professors in America.