Office & Hours

Office: SZB 506F
Hours: by appointment

(512) 471-0784

(512) 471-1288

Courses of Instruction
I teach graduate courses on the Psychology of Learning and Psycholinguistics, and two advanced seminars on research on writing and on discourse comprehension. I have taught in the teacher preparation program, an undergraduate seminar on Applied Human Learning.
I also hold a 0-line appointment in an interdisciplinary program in Foreign Language Education.

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Broadly, interface between language and knowledge. Specifically, comprehension and production processes involved in using oral and written language and in learning from language. Currently, interests are focused on socio-functional descriptions of both oral and written, on how people learn from classroom interactions, and on affective factors that influence learning.


B.A.           University of San Francisco (1971) Majors: Psychology, French Literature

M.A.          California State University, San Francisco (1972) Experimental Psychology

Ph. D.     Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1975) in Educational Psychology

Representative Publications

Kim, M., & Schallert, D. L. (2011). Building caring relationships between a teacher and students in a teacher preparation program word-by-word, moment-by-moment. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27, 1059-1067.

Schallert, D. L., Chiang, Y. V., Park, Y., Jordan, M. E., Lee, H., Cheng, A. J., Chu, H. R., Lee, S., Kim, T., Song, K. (2009). Being polite while fulfilling different discourse functions in online classroom discussions. Computers & Education, 53(3), 713-725.

Kim, J., Kim, T., & Schallert, D. L. (2010). Becoming literate in one’s heritage language: Children’s situated ethnic identities and their motivation to acquire the discourse of their parents. Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, 59, 244-259.

Alexander, P. A., Schallert, D. L., & Reynolds, R. E. (2009). What is learning anyway? A topographical perspective considered. Educational Psychologist, 44(3), 176-192.

Woodruff, A. L., & Schallert, D. L. (2008). Studying to play, playing to study: Nine college student-athletes' motivational sense of self. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 33(1), 34-57.

Recent Awards

  • College of Education Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2010
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of Texas, 1991

Research Interests and Expertise

Areas of expertise include motivation and emotions in learning environments and computer-mediated discussions.

Research methods and approaches include quantitative (intervention studies, multiple regression, path analysis, HLM, and SEM), qualitative (grounded theory, discourse analysis including critical discourse analysis, and constant comparative methods), and mixed methods.