James W. Pellegrino, Distinguished Professor

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor
Distinguished Professor of Education
University of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois

James W. Pellegrino, Ph.D., is Liberal Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as Co-director of UIC’s interdisciplinary Learning Sciences Research Institute.

His research and development interests focus on children's and adult's thinking and learning and the implications of cognitive research and theory for assessment and instructional practice. He has published more than 270 books, chapters and articles in the areas of cognition, instruction and assessment.

His current research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. He has served as head of several National Academy of Sciences study committees, including co-chair of the Committee on Learning Research and Educational Practice, and co-chair of the Committee on the Foundations of Assessment, which issued the report "Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment."

Dr. Pellegrino joined the BSCS Board of Directors in 2013.