Regina (Gina) F. Frey is the Florence Moog Professor of STEM Education, with her primary appointment in Chemistry, at Washington University. She is also the Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) and the Executive Director of The Teaching Center.
Gina teaches multiple courses including General Chemistry and Women in Science. She is an advocate of STEM education and in discipline-based research on STEM pedagogies, including multiple-strategy active-learning approaches such as Peer-led Team Learning (PLTL) and Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL). She is the major architect of the Washington University PLTL program, which currently includes General Chemistry, the Calculus series, and General Physics.
Gina consults with universities across the country on implementing active-learning strategies in their STEM curricula and improving their introductory chemistry curricula. She has been involved in evaluation of pedagogical methods since the late 1990s, and is a member of the Washington University Committee on Assessment of Student Learning. She has received funding for educational research and curriculum development from the Luce Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the Hewlett-Packard Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative.
At The Teaching Center, Gina also works with faculty from all disciplines and schools to develop, evaluate, refine, and improve their teaching, through both pedagogical workshops and individual consultations.
Dr. Mark McDaniel is a Professor of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Integrative Research on Cognition, Learning, and Education (CIRCLE) at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D from University of Colorado in 1980. His research is in the general area of human learning and memory, with an emphasis on prospective memory, encoding and retrieval process in episodic memory and applications to educational contexts.
His educationally relevant research includes a series of studies on individual differences in conceptual learning tendencies, elaborative study techniques and enhancing learning through testing (repeated retrieval), with much of his latter work being conducted in actual college and middle school classrooms. This research has been sponsored by the Institute of Educational Sciences and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. McDaniel is co-author, with Gilles Einstein, of two books: Memory Fitness: A Guide for Successful Aging (Yale University Press, 2004) and Prospective Memory: An Overview and Synthesis of an Emerging Field (Sage Press, 2007) and co-author of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (Harvard University Press, 2014, with Peter Brown and Henry Roediger).
- Michael Cahill, Research Scientist & Project Manager, CIRCLE
- Mary Stewart, Administrative Coordinator, CIRCLE and The Teaching Center
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