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David Yeager is an Associate Professor in Psychology at UT Austin. He studies characteristic challenges for people from late childhood through early adulthood, such as academic achievement, trust, depression, cheating, bullying, and health problems, focusing on the opportunities and risks that come with transitions.  

“Yeager …is emerging as one of the world’s leading experts on the psychology of education.”
Paul Tough, “Who Gets to Graduate?” NYT (May, 2014)


Afternoon Presentation

Creating a Community of Belonging: What Can Institutions Do?
Wednesday, October 18
12:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Bovee U.C. Auditorium
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From the classroom to the board room, decisions are being made that impact the opportunities for students to “make a home for themselves” at CMU. New research shows that the effects of the sense of belonging are deeper, broader, and longer lasting than expected. How do our institutional culture and climate measure up? What can we do? This event is free and open to the public. 

Livestream of 12 p.m. session

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Evening Presentation

Growth Mindset: What it Is, How it Works, and Why it Matters
Wednesday, October 18
7:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Plachta Auditorium (NEW LOCATION)
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While the impact of a growth mindset on learning and other activities has been well established, recent national experiments are turning up new insights into what helps build a growth mindset, and what doesn't. Common mistakes are being identified and evidence based strategies are emerging from this research, along with new information about the links between mindset and stress. This event is free and open to the public.

Livestream of 7 p.m. session

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Speaker Bio

David Yeager is an Associate Professor in Psychology at UT Austin. He earned his PhD and MA in Experimental Psychology at Stanford, his MEd in English and BA in Liberal Studies/Great Books at Notre Dame, taught middle-school English and coached basketball in Tulsa, OK. 

Yeager studies characteristic challenges for people from late childhood through early adulthood, such as academic achievement, trust, depression, cheating, bullying, and health problems, focusing on the opportunities and risks that come with transitions.  His goal is to analyze those risk situations in order to devise interventions that lead to improved behavior and success in reaching one’s goals. 

In 2013, Dr. Yeager chaired and co-hosted a national summit on mindset interventions at the White House Office for Science and Technology Policy. There, the “Mindset Scholars Network” was launched, with Yeager as a co-chair. This interdisciplinary research Network is housed at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) in Stanford, CA, where Yeager was a 2014-15 fellow. The flagship projects of the Network are: the “National Mindset Study,” a test of mindset interventions in a national probability sample of high schools, and the “College Transition Collaborative,” a test of social-belonging interventions with matriculating students at over a dozen colleges. Yeager’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and the leading journals in his field. Click here to view David Yeager's CV.

About the TLC Speaker Series

The TLC began in 2010 as a grass-roots faculty initiative to improve students’ academic success by improving their academic skills. The TLC is sponsored by the College of Humanities and ​Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Central Michigan University. The TLC Speaker Series is made possible by the Office of the Provost.