Jennifer Cromley, associate professor of educational psychology in Temple’s College of Education, was honored for her accomplishments as a researcher and educator during Saturday’s home football game against Maryland at Lincoln Financial Field.
Cromley is the second professor this year to be recognized as Faculty of the Game by Temple’s Department of Athletics. She was nominated by Interim Provost Hai Lung Dai.
“The Faculty of the Game award emphasizes the vital connections between Temple academics and athletics by honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions to their fields,” said Dai. “With a respected body of work in science education, Jennifer Cromley exemplifies the many ways Temple faculty members improve society through their teaching, research and service.”
Cromley, who joined Temple in 2005, has received several grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education to fund her research, which focuses on learning and comprehension in science and mathematics disciplines. She serves as co-principal investigator for a five-year, $10 million federal grant given to Pennsylvania universities, nonprofit organizations and state agencies in 2008 to create the 21st Century Center for Cognition and Science Instruction. The center explores how the mind stores and retrieves information and is testing modifications to middle school science curricula designed to improve student learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
In 2010, she was one of 85 researchers to be recognized by President Obama with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which is awarded to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.