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Keynote Speakers


Pooja Agarwal - "Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning"

Pooja K. Agarwal, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist, who has conducted research on how students learn since 2005. She is the author of the book Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning, and an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to  exceptional undergraduate musicians. Her research has been published in leading journals; highlighted by The New York Times and Education Week; and recognized by the National Science Foundation. Her love of learning formed at the outset of her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pooja is also the Founder of RetrievalPractice.org, a hub of resources and strategies for teachers based on the science of learning. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, under the mentorship of distinguished memory scholar Henry L. Roediger, III.

Learn more at poojaagarwal.com and follow her on Twitter @poojaAgarwal.



Lindsay Masland - "You Were Trained as a Scientist. Isn't it Time to Start Teaching Like One?

Lindsay Masland is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She received her PhD in School and Educational Psychology with a concentration in Methodology and Statistics from the University of Georgia in 2011. Lindsay also serves as the Coordinator for Early Career Programs for the Center for Academic Excellence at her university, where she enjoys developing programming for fellow faculty members who are interested in enhancing their teaching practice. She also serves as a Consulting Editor for the journal Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology and is active in Division 2 of the American Psychological Association (Society for the Teaching of Psychology). Lindsay teaches courses in education, psychology, and statistics to future teachers and school psychologists at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests lie at the intersection of academic motivation, effective teaching practices, and social justice, and her passion is to help educators make sound instructional choices that lead to transformative educational experiences for the many types of students they find in their classrooms.


Rick Miller - "Lessons Learned from Those Who Came Before"

Rick Miller received his Ph.D. in 1975 from Northwestern University. He has taught at Georgetown University, the University of Cologne, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Under his leadership, the UNK Department of Psychology was recognized as the 1999 Outstanding Teaching Department in the University of Nebraska system. He recently completed his four-year term as the Chair of the Psychology & Sociology Department at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. He served for many years as the Director of the applied behavioral science research projects for the Human Resources Research Organization in Heidelberg, Germany after which he set up a community college program for English speaking residents of Mallorca, Spain. He is the recipient of four national teaching awards including the STP's Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award, SPSP's Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, the Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award, and was named US Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 

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