Student Affairs

Terry Piper Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Reception: 9:00 a.m.
Lecture: 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Northridge Center, University Student Union

Dr. David Yeager

The Psychology of Academic Achievement: How Belonging & Mindset Influence Student Success

David Yeager

Please join us for an engaging discussion on mindset and student success by Dr. Yeager, a developmental psychology faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin and Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching at Stanford.

Dr. Yeager's research has led to the formation of the "Mindset Scholars Network," whose members have demonstrated the strikingly positive impact of social-belonging on the academic success of college students. This research has advanced the scientific understanding of how mindset impacts student achievement in the classroom and helps to expand educational opportunities.

David Yeager is an experimental developmental psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin.

In May, 2013, Dr. Yeager chaired and co-hosted a national summit on mindset interventions at the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy. This event led to the launch and co-chairing of the "Mindset Scholars Network," an interdisciplinary research network housed at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), where he was a 2014-2015 fellow. There are two flagship projects of the Mindset Scholars Network: the "National Mindset Study," a test of mindset interventions in a national probability sample of high schools, and the "College Transition Collaborative," which will test social-belonging interventions with a census of matriculating students at over a dozen colleges.

Dr. Yeager holds a PhD and MA from Stanford University, and a BA and MEd from the University of Notre Dame. He is a William T. Grant Foundation scholar, a Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, a Faculty Research Associate at the UT Population Research Center, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the UT Dana Center. His research has earned awards from the Spencer Foundation, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the Society for Research on Child Development, the American Educational Research Association, Division 7 of the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Science Directorate, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), and the International Society for Research on Aggression.


Faculty Development’s Power Hour Workshop
with David Yeager

Following Dr. Yeager's campus-wide keynote address he will meet with a smaller group of faculty (11:30-12:30 in USU Balboa Room) to discuss the finer details of his work.

The goals of this power hour with Dr. Yeager include:

  1. insight into your own mindset and how your current actions, words, and experiences may be impacting students' mindset and sense of belonging on campus;
  2. exposure of how other faculty at other institutions are implementing strategies to promote positive mindset;
  3. receive concrete strategies faculty can try in their individual courses to positively impact students.

To maximize this power hour with Dr. Yeager, we strongly urge you to attend the keynote address. If you are unable to attend the keynote, we have some "flipped" options for you to become familiar with his work so that the time is productive. For more information on the Faculty Development’s Power Hour Workshop at 11:30am and to RSVP click on the link below.