Hillary H. Steiner, Ph.D
Dr. Hillary H. Steiner is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and the Associate Director of Learning Communities in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Cognition and Development from the University of Georgia in 2003, where a portion of her dissertation research was named “Paper of the Year” by Gifted Child Quarterly. A recipient of the American Psychological Association's national Teaching Excellence Award, she teaches first-year seminars and introductory psychology in a variety of learning communities.
Dr. Steiner’s current research and professional interests include metacognition and self-regulation, integrative learning, and the use of targeted learning communities to ensure STEM students thrive in their first year of college. Her background as a teacher-educator led to a passion for teaching other faculty about the psychology of education as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Within this area, she has developed an online professional development course for faculty teaching in learning communities and conducts faculty development workshops at KSU and other institutions. She is active in professional service at the national and local level, including service as a mentor for the University System of Georgia SoTL Fellows, a member of the National Learning Communities Consortium and Chair of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning SoTL Faculty Funding Committee.
Areas of Expertise: Self-Regulating and Study Strategies, Learning Communities, and Science of Teaching and Learning