Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development 2021
Kenneth Springer's background spans developmental psychology and education. After receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1990, he served on the faculty of SMU's Dedman College of Psychology before moving to the Simmons School of Education and Human Development in 2003 as an associate professor. He has taught undergraduate and graduate classes in child development, research methods, statistics and program evaluation, and has authored more than 60 scientific publications and presentations and six books. Professor Springer's published research has focused on cognitive development and academic achievement among students of different ages, socioeconomic backgrounds and cultures. His administrative work includes serving as chair of the SMU Institutional Review Board; chair of the Faculty Ethics and Tenure Committee; secretary of the Faculty Senate; and chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning. In addition, he is involved in substantial community service work and has been on the board of directors of several nonprofit organizations that serve families and children. Through pro bono grant writing, program evaluation, curricular support and other activities, he has raised more than $1 million on their behalf. He retires as professor emeritus of education.