Carlson Education Building (CEB) 325
Research Expertise: Thinking & discourse, argumentation & critical thinking, and specifically how teachers can foster productive critical discussions in small groups (especially online), argument generation during writing and the effect of argumentation on conceptual change.
Michael Nussbaum is a Professor who joined the UNLV faculty in 1999. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology in 1997 from Stanford University, and also holds a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on argumentation and critical thinking, and specifically how teachers can foster productive critical discussions in small group (especially on the Internet). He is also researching argument generation during writing and the effect of argumentation on conceptual change in science. His work has appeared in such journals as The Journal of Educational Psychology, Contemporary Educational Psychology, and The Elementary School Journal. At UNLV, Dr. Nussbaum teaches face-to-face and distance education courses in educational psychology, assessment, and research methods.
Dr. Nussbaum has been elected President-Elect of Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association, and will serve as president in 2017-18. The mission of the division is to expand and apply psychological knowledge and theory relevant to education and promote joint action with others having similar purposes in educational reform. APA is also active in the policy arena, and Michael plans to draw upon both his policy and psychology background as president.