2019 1stGen@Iowa Award Recipient
Award for Outstanding First-Generation Student Advocacy
Shaun Vecera has been a professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences since 1998, and he is also a first-generation college graduate. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Professor Vecera received his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to his research on visual attention and perception, Professor Vecera have been involved deeply in undergraduate education. In 2016, he was appointed as the inaugural Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Chair for leadership in undergraduate education, and he received the 2017-18 President and Provost Teaching Award for Teaching Excellence. His classes are of all sizes, from large lecture classes, such as Elementary Psychology (in which he has instructed more than 12,000 students to date), to a first-year seminar titled “How Psychology Can Save the Planet,” to an on-line course titled "Learning About Learning" that helps students learn to learn more effectively.