New CDT Director Appointed

Author: Charles Crowell

Prof. John Behrens has been appointed as the new director of the Idzik Computing & Digital Technologies (CDT) program, effective Feb. 7, 2022.  Dr. Behrens will hold a joint appointment in the College of Arts & Letters and the Office of Digital Learning.



Dr. Behrens received his BA from Notre Dame in Psychology and Philosophy and his PhD from Arizona State University in Measurement, Statistics and Methodological Studies, where he also served as a tenured professor of Educational Psychology. Dr. Behrens then joined Cisco Systems, rising to the Director's level, before joining Pearson in a Vice Presidential capacity.  Dr. Behrens returns to Notre Dame as an experienced executive with a record of articulating vision for innovation, aligning organizations, and creating and sustaining learning and assessment products in global markets. He excels at building and nurturing high functioning teams that solve pressing organizational needs. Among his many strengths are:

  • Enterprise digital transformation
  • AI based product development & management
  • Executive leadership at all stages of product life cycle
  • Human capital assessment and learning optimization
  • Organizational evolution and talent development

Dr. Behrens will bring these skills to the Directorship of CDT and to the Office of Digital Learning where he will help the University improve learning and human capacity management with the most appropriate data, analytics, and computing technology.  Welcome aboard, Dr. Behrens!