Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology
Department of Educational Psychology
About Tenelle Porter
Tenelle Porter is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at Ball State University. Prior to joining Ball State, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and an IES postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Porter earned her doctorate in Developmental and Psychological Sciences at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Porter’s research aims to promote learning for imperfect learners navigating imperfect systems. Her mixed-methods body of work uses qualitative interviewing, experiments, longitudinal structural equation modeling, and large-scale randomized controlled trials, to examine how social environments work together with psychological factors to influence learning, development, and motivation, with particular focus on adolescents. Much of her research explores the concept of intellectual humility, including the ways that educators can help young people deal with confusion, mistakes, and gaps in their knowledge.
Dr. Porter was formerly a scholar in residence at Character Lab and a research associate at Stanford’s Center on Adolescence.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PH.D.) IN DEVELOPMENTAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EVIDENCE-BASED SOCIAL INTERVENTION
The University of Oxford
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SPANISH
The University of Kansas
Research and Publications
Sample publications. Visit www.tenelleporter.com for an updated CV with a complete list of publications.
Porter, T., Catalán Molina, D., Cimpian, A., Roberts, S., Frederiks, A., Blackwell, L.S., Trzesniewski, K. (2022). Growth mindset intervention delivered by teachers boosts achievement in early adolescence. Psychological Science. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/09567976211061109
Porter, T., Catalán Molina, D., Lucas, M., Oberle, C., Trzesniewski, K. Classroom environment predicts changes in expressed intellectual humility. (2022). Contemporary Educational Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cedpsych.2022.102081