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Tesia Marshik

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Developmental and Educational Psychology (motivation, SoTL and effective learning strategies, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships)

Brief biography

My research focuses on the development of students’ motivation, learning strategies, self-regulation, and teacher-student relationships (and, ultimately, how all of these factors interact to influence students’ development and academic adjustment). I also have a keen interest in debunking pseudoscience, exploring the roles of cognitive biases and logical fallacies in perpetuating misconceptions, and finding effective methods for motivating learning, fostering conceptual change, and promoting scientific and information literacy. I particularly enjoy making psychological science accessible and relevant to public audiences and I regularly present for  professional organizations within and outside academia (locally, nationally, and internationally).

Current courses at UWL

Research Methods, General Psychology, Educational Psychology, Lifespan Development, Adolescent Development, Motivation


Ph.D., Educational and Developmental Psychology (University of Florida)

M.A.E., Educational Psychology (University of Florida)

B.S., Psychology and Philosophy (John Carroll University)


Research and publishing


  • Marshik, T., & Cerbin, W. (2022). Learning styles & cognition. In S. Hupp and R. Wiseman (Eds.) Investigating Pop Psychology Pseudoscience, Fringe Science, and Controversies: Improving Critical Thinking Skills. Routledge.

  • Marshik, T. (2022). Learning How to Learn. [Audiobook]. The Great Courses.

  • Marshik, T., Ashton, P, & Algina, (2017). Teachers’ and students’ needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness as predictors of students’ achievement. Social Psychology of Education, 20(1), 39-67.

  • Marshik, T., Kortenkamp, K., Dixon, R., & Cerbin, B. (2016). Understanding and Enhancing Students' Motivation: A lesson study approach. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology, 1(4), 298-311.
  • Marshik, T. (2016, November). Motivating change acceptance in the workplace. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills Magazine, 59, 21-22.
  • Marshik, T. (2016, January). Don't believe everything you think. Inside Learning Technologies and Skills Magazine, 57, 131-135.


  • Marshik, T. (2019, November). Educational misconceptions. Workshop presentation, UW-La Crosse Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning.
  • Marshik, T. (2019, October). Bridge or Barrier? Understanding How Prior Knowledge and Cognitive Limits Influence Learning. Invited keynote presentation at the Aims Community College annual fall teaching conference, Greeley, CO. 
  • Marshik, T., & Hoskins, D. (2019, September). What Makes a Practice High-Impact? Workshop presentation, UW-La Crosse Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning.
  • Marshik, T., Solverson, N., & Barlow, P. (2019, August). Instructor and Student Outcomes Related to Campus-Wide Efforts to "Reimagine the First Year." Poster presented at the American Psychological Association (APA) annual convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Marshik, T. (2019, July). From Barriers to Bridges: Examining Cognitive and Neurological Influences on Learning Motivation. Invited keynote presentation at the annual conference of the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA), Indianapolis, IN.
  • Marshik, T. (2019, February). “Why Don’t They Learn?!” Overcoming Misinformation and Resistance to Change in Education. Invited keynote presentation at the Midwestern Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (MISTOP) conference, Glen Elyn, IL.
  • Marshik, T., Dale, T., Blaschke, Olson, M., & Cerbin, W. (2018, July). Instructors' beliefs, practices, and feedback relevant to "Re-Imagining the First Year.” Poster presented at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Seattle, WA.
  • Knowles, E., Marshik, T., & Warnberg, N. (2017, August). Cultivating a growth mindset for first year students. Workshop presented at the UWL Conference on Teaching & Learning, La Crosse, WI.
  • Marshik, T., & Sim, J. (2017, August) Instructors’ responses to students' evaluation of instruction (SEIs). Poster presented at the UWL Conference on Teaching & Learning, La Crosse, WI.
  • Marshik, T. & Miller, L. (2017, January). Get with the program: Development and use of rubrics for programmatic SLOs. Oral presentation at the UWL Assessment Commons, La Crosse, WI.




Jennifer Klein and Alder Yu, both Biology; Nabamita Dutta, Economics; Alysa Remsburg, Environmental Studies; Tesia Marshik, Psychology; and Adam Driscoll, Sociology & Criminal Justice; co-authored the article "New frontiers in student evaluations of teaching: university efforts to design and test a new instrument for student feedback" in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education published on April 5 by Taylor and Francis Online. This article summarizes the efforts put forth by the Ad-Hoc SEI committee with exploring the problematic use of SEIs on campus, selecting and modifying an alternative tool (the soon to be adopted LENS system), and conducting some early findings regarding its efficacy.

Submitted on: April 11



Bill Cerbin, Psychology/CATL, and Tesia Marshik, Psychology, co-authored the chapter "Learning Styles and Cognition" in Investigating Pop Psychology published on Dec. 13, 2022, by Routledge Press.

Submitted on: Feb. 20



Tesia Marshik, Psychology, presented "Learning How to Learn" at The Great Courses - Audio Book Published on June 6. This 4.5 hour audio version highlights findings from educational psychology. Aimed at adult learners (18+) the focus of the material is teaching the listener how to apply research-based tactics to improve their learning in any context, whether in a typical classroom setting, pursuing a professional development opportunity, or working their way toward accomplishing a personal goal.

Submitted on: July 14, 2022



Tesia Marshik, Psychology, presented "Urban Myths in Education: Massaging our Beliefs for Better Results" at the American Massage Therapy Association Schools Summit on Feb. 13 in Los Angeles, CA. Marshik's presentation was the opening keynote address for the conference.

Submitted on: Feb. 22, 2020



Tesia Marshik, Psychology was interviewed by Shane Mauss of Here We Are: Weekly Interviews with Scientists From Around the World podcast on Oct. 14, 2019.

Submitted on: Nov. 5, 2019