Joyce Alexander

Joyce Alexander

Dean, Endowed Chair, Professor

Appointed in June 2015, Dr. Joyce Alexander is the sixth dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. She is also the current holder of the Sydney and J.L. Huffines ’44 Endowed Chair and is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University, and Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Alexander served as Executive Associate Dean in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington. In this role, with collaboration from the Dean, she was tasked with overseeing fiscal, human resource/faculty affairs and academic activities. She also coordinated the work of three associate deans and the School of Education’s five department chairs.

Alexander served as a faculty member since 1992, including Chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology for six years.

Her research interests include development of child interests, motivation and the development of expertise in children. Currently, she is involved in an ambitious fifteen-year project funded by the National Science Foundation and the Noyce Foundation focused on answering why the interest in science-related activities are maintained by children and why others are not.

Dr. Alexander has authored or co-authored 25 referred research publications, given over 40 research presentations, supervised 20 student dissertations, served as a journal reviewer for 12 journals and is currently on the Editorial Board of Metacognition and Learning. Alexander’s research during her time at Indiana has brought over $300,000 focused on the early interests of children in science-related fields.

While at Indiana, Alexander received the Indiana University Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and the American Psychology Association Division 15 Outstanding Dissertation Research Award.