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. John is a specialist in the design and prototyping of innovations in education. He teaches courses on design thinking, school technology leadership, and school reform. His current research agenda focuses on the methods to design and prototype innovations in education. John is also the director of UK’s Laboratory on Design Thinking in Education (dLab). 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.