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Dr. Svinicki's primary areas of research and practice have been the application of principles of learning and motivation to instruction in higher education and the development of faculty and graduate students as teachers. Recent research centered on individual and group goal orientation during group work, innovations in education for medical faculty, and Teaching Assistant training. She is recognized as an expert in theory and research-based instructional design, an interest that is currently being shared through her affiliation with medical education at the Dell Medical School at UT Austin. Dr. Svinicki also has expertise in working with teachers to improve the learning in their classrooms and with students to help improve their strategies for learning. She has published widely about these topics, but her most well known book is McKeachie's Teaching Tips: Strategies, Research and Theory for College and University Teachers. Written in collaboration with Wilbert McKeachie, this book has been used around the world by university teachers interested in learning evidence-based practices in teaching. She has presented and run workshops on these topics to institutions throughout the US and Canada. Svinicki is currently retired, but stays active as a reviewer of research manuscripts for education and psychology journals. Please note: as an Emeritus faculty member, Dr. Svinicki does not actively teach or supervise students for the Educational Psychology department, but welcomes inquiries about past and current work.

Marilla D Svinicki

Marilla D Svinicki

Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Psychology