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Mary Zeleny Assistant Professor of Practice, Developmental & Learning Sciences



Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 2013

M.S.W. Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska-Omaha; 2000

B.A. Psychology, University of Nebraska-Omaha; 1994


Philosophy Statement:

I am dedicated to teaching and mentoring students through education and research and from a circle of cultivating compassion. The melding of my training and diverse experience in psychology, social work, creativity, and educational psychology have given me understanding and focus on processes of learning within a holistic framework. My research interests are in the areas of writing, with emphasis on reflective and expressive writing, including journal writing in mathematics, reflective writing and self-efficacy; reflective writing and motivation. Other interests include motivation and cognition and learning in education.


Courses Taught-UNL (Selected):

EDPS 967; Psychology of Motivation

EDPS 292: Boost Your Motivation Now

EDPS 989; Psychology of Writing

EDPS 454/854; Cognition and Instruction

EDPS 800 Research Methods in Education

EDPS 936; Mixed Methods Research

EDPS 451/851: Psychology of Adolescence

EDPS 450/850: Child Psychology

EDPS 991; Cognition and Motivation in Mathematics Education

EDPS 995: Qualitative Research