As Executive Director of Project 2021, Pennebaker leads the development of next-generation undergraduate programs through course design, technology integration, and rigorous evaluation. Under Pennebaker’s leadership, Project 2021 will introduce novel small and large classes — both online and in person — that will further the reputation of UT Austin as a leader in higher education.
Pennebaker is a leader in changing the undergraduate classroom experience to meet the demands of the 21st century, and is an advocate of using research to measure the effectiveness of teaching methods in the classroom. He earned his Ph.D. from UT Austin in 1977 and returned as a faculty member in 1997. He has since established himself as an innovative and respected educator and researcher.
Pennebaker served as chair of the Department of Psychology for nine years. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and is the Regents Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts. The American Psychological Association recently honored Dr. Pennebaker with their Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology. Author of more than 300 scientific articles and nine books, he is one of the most cited researchers in the social sciences.