Assistant Professor in-Residence
Digital Game Design | Storrs
(Joint appointment with Neag School of Education)
Education: Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2014
M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction, University of Connecticut, 2008
B.S. in Molecular & Cell Biology, University of Connecticut, 2007
Areas of Research/Artistic Focus: Gaming and its effects on user goal adoption and intentionality; player-game-context interactions in game-based learning instructional environments; pro-social learning through massive multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs); the relationship between imagination, dreams, and situated cognition
Stephen (@steveslota) is an Assistant Professor in-Residence at the University of Connecticut with dual appointments to the Neag School of Education Department of Educational Psychology and School of Fine Arts Department of Digital Media & Design. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and has worked on a variety of game and instructional design projects with organizations including Arizona State University’s Center for Games & Impact, Intel Corporation, Pfizer, UConn Health, and InSync Training, LLC. Separate from his other ventures, he co-owns and operates an educational game development and consultation company, The Pericles Group, LLC, with colleague Kevin Ballestrini. Prior to returning for his doctoral degree in 2010, Stephen taught a combination of biology, genetics, and human health at a Connecticut high school.