Marilla D Svinicki
Please note: as an emeritus faculty member, Marilla Svinicki does not actively teach or supervise students for the Educational Psychology department, but welcomes inquiries about past and current work.
After completing her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, Marilla Svinicki came to the University of Texas at Austin and began her career in faculty development as one of the first staff members of the new Center for Teaching Effectiveness at UT. She led the programs for faculty and graduate students interested in using the principles of psychology to become better teachers. Dr. Svinicki worked for thirty years to help create the field of faculty development and serve the wider higher education through writing, speaking, and encouraging graduate students to expand their expertise toward the same ends. She retired from the Center and became a full time faculty member of the Dept. of Educational Psychology in 2004, where she taught undergraduates seeking a teaching career and graduate students interested in research and innovation in all levels of education, primarily higher education. She was the chief editor for the series New Directions for Teaching and Learning, the co-editor and then chief editor for McKeachie's Teaching Tips, one of the most widely known book that focuses on teaching in higher education, and now writes a column for the National Teaching and Learning Forum, a newsletter about teaching. Dr. Svinicki retired from professional life in 2014, but has continued in the same activities since.