Profile: John Beuhring Nash
John B. Nash is department chair and associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky and director of the Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education (dLab). He teaches courses on human centered design and mixed methods action research. His research agenda focuses on examining and understanding the development of user-derived innovations in education.
The dLab promotes and studies the application of human-centered design, bringing community members together to create new solutions to previously unsolved challenges. John has held faculty positions at Iowa State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. As a social research scientist at Stanford University, John held associate directorship positions in two laboratories: the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning (SCIL), and the Stanford Learning Laboratory, where he managed interdisciplinary and international teams of research scientists examining the effects of innovative technologies on learning. While at Stanford he co-founded the Open Eye Group, a firm with offices in the U.S. and Sweden, focused on bringing design thinking to schools and communities.