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EFPEugene F. Provenzo, Jr.

Department of Teaching and Learning
School of Education
P. O. Box 248065
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
(305) 284-5102 (office phone)
(305) 284-3001 (office fax)

818 Benevento Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33146
(305) 321-8366 (cell phone)

405 E. Beverley Street
Staunton, Virginia 24401
(305) 321-8366 (cell phone)

Eugene F. Provenzo, Jr. was born in Buffalo, New York in 1949. In 1968 he graduated from the Park School of Buffalo. He completed his bachelors at the University of Rochester in 1972, where he studied History and Education (Honors and Distinction). He completed a master’s degree in History at Washington University in 1974 and a Ph.D. from Washington University’s Graduate Institute of Education in the Philosophy and History of Education in 1976. He has taught social studies at the secondary level and has NCATE lifetime certification. He is married to Asterie B. Provenzo (a professional writer and editor) with whom he collaborates on many projects.

While in graduate school, although focusing primarily on historical and philosophical training, he received extensive background in ethnography and field-based research, as well as archival preservation and exhibit work. His career as a researcher has been interdisciplinary in nature. Throughout his work, his primary focus has been on education as a social and cultural phenomenon. A particularly important concern of his has been the role of the teacher in American society.

Since 1976, he has worked as a professor at the University of Miami. In 1985 he was awarded the rank of Full Professor. While continuing his duties as a professor, he served as the research coordinator and then as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Education (May 1986 to June 1988).

Collaboration is an integral part of his work. He sees himself as someone who learns through the process of research and writing. Undertaking various research projects with people in related fields of inquiry has played a critical role in his post-graduate education. For him to work effectively as a teacher, he feels that it is essential for him to combine his teaching with research, reflection and writing. In October 1991 he won the university-wide undergraduate teaching award at the University of Miami.

He has also pursued interests related to the impact of computers on contemporary children, education and culture. His research on computers and video games has been reviewed in the New York Times, The Guardian,Mother Jones and The London Economist. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio, ABC World News Tonight, the CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, BBC radio, Britain's Central Television and Britain's Channels 2 and 4, as well as Australia's LateLine. In December of 1993 he testified before the United States Senate joint hearing of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice and the Government Affairs Subcommittee on Regulation and Government Information on the issue of violence in video games and television and in March of 2000 before the Senate Transportation and Commerce Committee on issues of children and interactive technology. In December of 2003 he and his research were featured in People magazine. In the spring of 2008 he was awarded the University of Miami’s  Provost’s Award for Scholarly Activity.