Deborah Stipek is the Judy Koch Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education (GSE) and a professor by courtesy of psychology. She also serves as the Peter E. Haas Faculty Director of the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford. From 2001 to 2012 and then again from 2014 to 2015 she served as the I James Quillen Dean of the GSE at Stanford. Her doctorate is from Yale University in developmental psychology. Previous to coming to Stanford she was a faculty member at UCLA where she served for 10 of her 23 years there as the Director of the Corinne Seeds University Elementary School and the Urban Education Studies Center. During this period as a faculty member at UCLA she took a year off to work for U.S. Senator Bill Bradley.
Stipek’s scholarship concerns instructional effects on children’s achievement motivation and learning, early childhood education, and elementary education. In addition to over 100 articles and chapters and several edited books, she has written two books on motivation, one targeting researchers and teachers (Motivation to Learn: Integrating Theory and Practice) and the other targeting parents (Motivated Minds: Raising Children Who Love Learning). She is particularly concerned about learning opportunities for young children living in poverty. In addition to her research on instruction, she has been involved in education policy at the federal and state level. Currently she is chairing a task force for the State of California which will recommend new requirements for people who are authorized to teach young children.
In addition to her scholarship, she served for five years on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Education. She also chaired the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Increasing High School Students’ Engagement & Motivation to Learn and the MacArthur Foundation Network on Teaching and Learning. She currently chairs the Heising-Simons Development and Research on Early Math Education Network.