Jacquelynne Eccles awarded U-M Distinguished University Professorship

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"Top U-M faculty recognized for teaching, scholarship" - University Record. 10/5/2009.

Distinguished University Professorship,
Jacquelynne Eccles.
One of the world’s pre-eminent developmental psychologists, Jacquelynne Eccles’ work in the area of personality and social development
has had a major impact on our understanding of how different contexts shape adolescent
development. She is the William McKeachie and Paul Pintrich Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Education; professor of psychology, Department of Psychology, LSA; professor of education,
SoE; and research professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, ISR. In particular, her large-scale longitudinal studies
have provided important
insights into gender differences
in motivation and
achievement, showing that
these differences result from
socialization processes in
schools and families rather
than from inherent biological
differences. Her research and
scholarship have had important
policy implications for
school reform, particularly
in the redesign of middle
schools to make them motivating
and less stressful for
Eccles’ scholarly reach is
well illustrated by her leadership of the MacArthur
Network on Successful Pathways
through Middle Childhood,
a major nine-year
effort in which she fostered
research alliances among
individuals who would not
otherwise have become
aware of common interests.
Throughout her career,
Eccles has published more
than 200 articles, chapters
and books, and has garnered
about $20 million in grant
awards. She has provided
scientific leadership on many
boards and panels. In addition,
she has provided editorial
leadership for the top
journals in her field. In recognition
of her achievements
and acknowledgment of how
fundamentally her scholarship
has shaped the thinking
of developmental scientists,
she has won numerous
awards and been honored by
the leading national societies
in psychology and child development.
In 2006 she received the
Outstanding Mentor Award
from the Developmental
Psychology Division of the
American Psychological Association
for contributions
“to developmental psychology
through the education
and training of the next generation
of research leaders in
developmental psychology.”
She has been a major leader,
and now administrator, in
the Combined Program in
Education and Psychology.
She currently serves on the
Department of Psychology’s
executive committee, and
she also is active in various
service roles at ISR, the
Institute for Research on
Women and Gender, and the

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