Dr. Brian Belland Accepted a Position at Penn State Starting Fall 2018


Dr. Brian Belland
Dr. Brian Belland
Dr. Brian Belland has accepted a position at Penn State and has left Utah State to start his new position this Fall. He will be working in the College of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology in State College, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Belland earned his PhD in Educational Technology in 2008 from Purdue University. He also holds an MA in French from Ohio State. He has taught instructional technology/learning sciences, French, and engineering education at Ohio State, Purdue, and Utah State. His research focuses on the use of technology to scaffold middle school students' argumentation abilities. His research interests include problem-based learning, scaffolding, online learning, service learning, and science education.

Dr. Belland was recently selected as the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year. He mentored many students at Utah State and taught courses such as Foundations of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Technology and its Role, in the Transformation of Education, Instructional Scaffolding, and Research for Teachers. "I believe in working with individual students to learn their goals, and helping them get the experiences they need to reach those goals," Belland said.

Dr. Belland has received several grants and awards for his research, which can be seen for a short time, on his faculty biography page.

Dr. Belland will be missed in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) Department, but faculty and students here are excited to see what he accomplishes in his new position.

Dr. Belland will be joined at Penn State by his wife Dr. Chan Min Kim who received a joint appointment in Learning and Performance Systems and Educational Psychology. Dr. Andrew Walker, the ITLS Department Head, said, "They have spent their whole married lives apart with her faculty appointment at University of Georgia and are no doubt to be under one roof with their two children. Dr. Belland will be missed but we’re excited to see what these new positions bring for him, for his wife Dr. Kim, and for their family."

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