Lucy Family Institute postdoctoral associate accepts tenure-track position at the University of South Florida

Bo Pei

Bo Pei, a postdoctoral associate jointly supported by the University of Notre Dame’s Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society and Notre Dame (ND) Learning has accepted a tenured-track assistant professor position in instructional technology at the University of South Florida (USF). 

While at Notre Dame, Pei conducted research under the supervision of Ying (Alison) Cheng, associate director of the Lucy Family Institute and professor in the Department of Psychology. Pei’s work has involved interdisciplinary collaboration with faculty from ND Learning, the Department of Economics, Mathematics, and Chemistry and Biochemistry to promote trustworthiness and fairness in learning analytics. His projects examine student learning behavior data, analyze student learning patterns, and provide targeted insights to instructors with the goal of closing learning performance gaps and promoting equitable education.

On Pei’s work, Dr. Cheng reflects, “Bo has contributed a unique perspective in assessing data from learning management systems. His emphasis on enhancing student thriving, as well as in assessment analytics to target educational challenges, has enabled instructors to examine and address performance gaps in informed ways.”

At USF, Pei will continue his research and teach courses on learning analytics, AI in education, and data visualization. Speaking about his appointment, Pei said, “My training at Lucy Family Institute has been instrumental in helping to advance my research on artificial intelligence (AI) in education as well as in promoting justice and inclusion in learning environments. In my new role, I hope to make these techniques more accessible to faculty and students in order to better support teaching and learning practices.”

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About the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society
The Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society is a hub for students, faculty, postdoctoral and visiting scholars, and staff to explore how data can be harnessed for societal benefit. We act as an incubator for data research as well as a liaison to the government and business communities. Our mission is to enable a positive impact on society and individual lives through innovative domain-informed and data-driven methods and applications.