Title: Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology
Company: University of Illinois
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
George McConkie, Professor Emeritus of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of educational psychology and the study of cognition.
Dr. McConkie started his higher education at Dixie Junior College, earning an Associate of Arts in 1957. He continued his studies at Brigham Young University, earning a Bachelor of Science in 1960 and a Master of Science in 1961. In 1964, he started working as an assistant professor of education at Cornell University while studying at Stanford University, where he earned a PhD in 1966. In 1970, Dr. McConkie started as an associate professor at Cornell University, and in 1975, he became a full professor. Continuing to rise through the ranks, he became chairman of the department of education in 1977, and in 1978, he transitioned to a role as professor at the University of Illinois (UI). From 1993 to 1997, he served as the chairman of the department of educational psychology at UI. In 2003, he took on the title of professor emeritus at UI, which he holds to this day.
In addition to his work as an educator at Cornell and UI, Dr. McConkie was a research fellow at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belguim from 1991 to 199. He also served as a visiting professor to National Yang Ming University in Taiwan in 1998, and Beijing Normal University in 1999. He worked as a senior scientist at the Center for the Study of Reading from 1978 to 1995, and as a senior scientist at the Beckman Institute from 1989 to 2004. Dr. McConkie has always been fascinated by the inner workings of congnition and mental processes, and has been recognized for his expertise with myriad awards. He was a grantee of the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, among many others. Dr. McConkie’s experience and stature as an educator and researcher solidify him as an elite professional in his field.
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