Joseph H. Danks
Current PositionDr. Joseph Danks is the director of strategic initiatives at the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL). As director of strategic initiatives, Dr. Danks oversees CASL research in the analysis dimension of language analysis, drawing from the linguistic, cultural, and cognitive sciences. Prior to this position, Dr. Danks served as director of research at CASL for six years and was responsible for building the research division of the organization. Under Danks’ leadership, over 60 researchers joined CASL and over 70 academics from around the country were granted affiliate or adjunct status with the center.CareerDirectly after receiving his PhD, Dr. Danks started as an assistant professor at Kent State University and was promoted through the ranks to professor of psychology. From 1985 to 1992, he served as chair of the Department of Psychology. In 1996, Dr. Danks was appointed dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held until retiring from Kent State in 2004 as professor and dean emeritus. He also has taught at Princeton (1974–75), Stanford (1984–85), the University of Warsaw (1978), and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1993).During his career as an experimental psychologist specializing in psycholinguistics, Dr. Danks has published three books, more than 80 refereed articles and book chapters, and presented numerous professional papers. He has served on the editorial boards of several professional journals and on review panels for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). He also has been a principal investigator on numerous grants from several different federal agencies including NSF and NIMH.ResearchHis research in psycholinguistics has focused on how people comprehend sentences and text, especially across languages, and the cognitive processes involved in translation. More recently, he has been part of a research team investigating advanced medical care directives (e.g., living wills) in elderly patients.Personal Married for over 40 years, Dr. Danks and his wife Carol have two sons. Mark directs a computer game development studio in San Francisco and David is associate professor of philosophy and psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. Joe and Carol are the proud grandparents of three granddaughters. Dr. Danks is a scuba diver who has ventured on many dive trips throughout the Caribbean and the coral triangle in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Danks received his BA from DePauw University in 1965, majoring in psychology and philosophy, and his PhD from Princeton University in 1968 in experimental psychology. He also participated in the Institute of Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University in 2002.