Shaun Vecera Named Recipient of the 2018 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 2:15pm

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is very pleased and proud to announce that Shaun Vecera has been named a recipient of the 2018 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence

This award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated a sustained, high level of outstanding teaching. It represents the highest level of achievement in teaching at the University of Iowa. The award, which is administered by the UI Council on Teaching, was created in 2004 as a university-wide recognition for faculty members who have demonstrated a sustained, high level of teaching excellence.

Shaun Vecera earned the PhD in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995, and joined the UI faculty in 1998. In 2016, he was appointed as the Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Chair, which recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching. With a research interest in visual attention and perception, he is the author of more than 75 journal articles, book chapters, and other publications, and is a frequent presenter and guest lecturer at conferences and universities. A recipient in 2005 of the Collegiate Teaching Award, he has served as his department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, overseeing its undergraduate program, and on the CLAS Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee, which steers undergraduate education at the collegiate level. He also was selected to serve as a 2017–18 Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leadership Program fellow. In addition to mentoring students in his laboratory, Vecera teaches classes of all sizes, from large lecture classes—he has taught more than 11,000 students to date in the introductory Elementary Psychology course—to a popular first-year seminar course that he developed called “How Psychology Can Save the Planet.”

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