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  • Organization
    University of Texas at Austin

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    University / College Faculty

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  • Biography

    Marilla Svinicki began her professional life as an experimental psychologist, but was soon drawn to educational psychology because of the promise it held for improving instructional practices at all levels. She received a PhD in psychology from the University of Colorado before going to teach at Macalester College in St. Paul. In 1973 she moved from there to Texas and joined a research project on computer-based education as well as the newly formed Center for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Texas at Austin. In 1990 she became the Director of that Center and a senior lecturer in the department of Educational Psychology, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in cognition and learning. Her research focuses on conditions in classes that maximize learning and motivation. She is also the editor in chief of the New Directions for Teaching and Learning series as well as a widely published author and speaker in the area of faculty development and learning at the post-secondary level.