Lauren Scharff

United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)
Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership

Lauren Scharff is the inaugural Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program and a Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).  In her 9 years as SoTL Director she has helped mentor and / or been co-investigator for over 80 SoTL projects. Prior to working at USAFA, she was a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Teaching Excellence Center at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU), where she worked since 1993. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Experimental Psychology (Visual Perception) from the University of Texas at Austin. She has won several teaching and advising awards, including the Psi Chi Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award. Her current research focuses on a variety of topics within SoTL, including metacognition, application of the science of learning, self-assessment, and development of critical thinking and respect for human dignity. Dr. Scharff is a past president of the Southwestern Psychological Association and is currently serving as the United States Regional Vice President for the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is co-creator of the award-winning Improve with Metacognition website.