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Jen Katz-Buonincontro, Ph.D.

Jen Katz-Buonincontro
Associate Professor
3401 Market St.
Room 372

Program Affiliation:

M.S., Educational Administration
Ph.D., Educational Leadership & Learning Technologies
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Management


Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.F.A., Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts
B.A., Macalester College

Research Interests:

  • Leadership development
  • Psychology of developing creative thinking & problem-solving abilities in leaders
  • Role of emotion in cognitive (creative) abilities
  • Online leadership skill building
  • Adult learning.
  • Research methodology: interviewing, observation, grounded theory & constant comparative methodology
  • Case study design
  • Experience sampling methodology
  • Survey & instrument design
  • Creativity and the arts

Professional Experience:

  • Drexel University, School of Education (2009-present)
    Assistant Professor, Educational Administration Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Chair, Social Sciences Committee
  • University of Oregon, College of Education (2005-08)
    Faculty member
    Coordinator & Advisor, M.S. in Educational Leadership program (Canada)
    Advisor, M.S. in Educational Leadership program (on-campus)
  • Instructor, M.S., D.Ed., Ph.D. in Educaticational Leadership
  • Instructor, Educational Foundation program

Awards and Honors
2016 recipient of the Daniel E. Berlyne Award for Outstanding Research by an Early Career Scholar, American Psychological Association, Division 10: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.
Chair, Arts and Learning SIG for the American Educational Research Association
Program Chair, American Psychological Association, Division 10


  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. (In Press).Creativity at the crossroads: Pragmatic versus humanist rhetoric in education reform speeches. Creativity Research Journal.
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. (2011, December). “Aesthetic” pedagogy in the context of leadership development: How does it work? [Special edition on the arts]. Policy Futures in Education, 9 (6)
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. & Phillips, J. (2011, July-September).‘Art, its creation and leadership [can be] revealing and frightening’: How school leaders learn to frame and solve problems through the arts. International Journal of Leadership in Education, 14(3), 269-273.
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. (Chapter In Press). Rhetorical speech claims about student creativity and the arts: Towards pragmatic appropriation or humanistic realization? In F. Bastos & E. Zimmerman (Eds.), Creativity and art education: Foundations, pedagogies, and contemporary issues (pages to be determined). Reston, VA: National Art Education Association.
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. & Foster, A. (Chapter In Press). Drawing avatars: Perspectives on student creativity, identity, and academic achievement in game-based learning. In D. Ifenthaler (Ed.), Assessment in game-based learning: Foundations, innovations, and perspectives. NY: Springer.
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. (2005). Theories of creativity. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds). Encyclopedia of Special Education (3rd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. (2005). Triarchic theory of intelligence. In C. R. Reynolds & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds). Encyclopedia of Special Education (3rd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.
  • Katz-Buonincontro, J. & Foster, A. (2010). A framework for studying student creativity in game-based learning environments. White Paper on Future Research. National Science Foundation Directorate in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.