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Keynote Speakers

2022 Conference Information

Dr. Laura Cruz

Laura Cruz (PhD, 2001, University of California at Berkeley) is an Associate Research Professor of Teaching & Learning Scholarship with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence at Penn State. 

She has held multiple leadership positions in the field of educational development, including serving as editor of four SoTL (or SoTL related) journals.  Her publications, presentations, and invited sessions include work in her first discipline (history) as well as educational development, higher education, and, of course, SoTL.  

Dr. Lauren Scharff

Lauren Scharff is the Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program and Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she has worked since 2008. Prior to that she was a professor of Psychology at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she worked beginning in 1993. 

Her current research focuses on a variety of topics within SoTL, with a focus on metacognitive instruction and the science of learning. Dr. Scharff is past president of the Southwestern Psychological Association (2008-09) and served as the United States Regional Vice President for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-19). Her awards include the Florence L. Denmark Psi Chi National Faculty Advisor Award (2007) and the Gary Poole Distinguished Reviewer Award (2021). She is co-creator of the award-winning Improve with Metacognition website.

Last updated: 11/2/2021