Dr. Angela Vaughan
Founder & Director
Angela Vaughan holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the Faculty Director of the University 101 program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley. She began her 25+ year career as an educator as a United States Air Force Officer. From there, she has taught and developed curriculum at the high school, community college and university levels. In her present position, she focuses on undergraduate student success as well as helping current and future faculty develop their practice and become more effective. She has developed comprehensive faculty and instructor training at many universities including The University of Texas, University of Northern Colorado, the University of Nebraska at Kearney and others.
Angela has delivered many campus workshops and conference presentations and has authored numerous articles on student learning, success and retention and effective teaching. Her textbook, Educational Psychology for Learners: Connecting Theory, Research and Application (2nd Ed.), provides the basis for academically rigorous first-year seminars. She has served as a member of editorial review boards for college student success journals including the Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition and currently, for the Journal of College Students Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.
“Everything, models of instruction and ideas that were given and the book, the binder. I've used pieces from that. [It’s] little bits of everything that was modeled… [I’m] not saying I use it all exactly, but everything that was presented, I've used pieces of it. Styles of teaching, materials, direct activities.”
Fall 2019 FYS Instructor
We are very pleased with the initial responses from our students and faculty who used your textbook as the foundation of their learning experiences in MUS 121 (The Academic Life) last semester. In particular, the poster nights fostered a sense among the students that they “belong” within an academic community. Also, providing these students with multiple opportunities to read and digest college-level writing from the outset of the course was a powerful way for many of them to recognize and own their individual capacities for success in college.
Jan 2020 Chadron State College
Angela has been the most influential professor that I have had thus far in my 3 years at [university]. She was brilliant, and I learned so much about being an educator just by watching her teaching style, while also learning the content of the class. She has too many strengths to name, but the one that stands out most to me was her ability to trick me into learning. I found that I spent less time writing down notes, and more time focusing on interacting with the material and elaborating on it so that it stuck. I also felt that she provided every student with equal opportunities to learn through experiences and leading classes.