Dr. Michael C Mensink

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Psychology Department
College of Education, Hospitality, Health and Human Sciences

Office: 473H Harvey Hall
Phone: 612-568-7376
Email: mensinkm@uwstout.edu
Personal website: www.michaelmensink.com

Brief Biography

Since 2009, I have worked as a researcher, instructor, and instructional designer at a variety of institutions, including: University of Wisconsin - Stout, Northern Illinois University, University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and St. Olaf College. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, where I was an Institute of Education Sciences graduate fellow in the Minnesota Interdisciplinary Training in Education Research program. While at the University of Minnesota I focused my studies on the psychological foundations of cognition and learning as well as educational and learning technologies. My research interests include the general cognitive mechanisms involved in learning and memory, the influences of attention and interest on learning from texts, scientific learning and literacy, and the social and cognitive factors involved in creating effective learning technologies. My research in these areas has appeared in basic cognitive and applied educational journals and books, and I have also been twice recognized for research excellence by the international Society for Text & Discourse.

Teaching Interests: Child Development Cognitive Psychology Educational Psychology Experimental Psychology General Psychology Learning & Memory Psycholinguistics Research Methods Statistics

Research Interests: Discourse Processes Emotion & Interest Evidence-based Teaching Learning Learning Technologies Memory Text Comprehension

Professional Interests: Evidence-based Teaching Practices Research Experiences for Undergraduates Scientific Literacy Scholarship of Teaching & Learning


    • Ph D Educational Psychology
      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN, United States, 2011
    • MA Educational Psychology
      University of Minnesota
      Minneapolis, MN, United States, 2007
    • BA Psychology
      St. Olaf College
      Northfield, MN, United States, 2002

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Psychology
        Assistant Professor
        August 24, 2015 -
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership
        Assistant Professor
        August 12, 2013 - August 24, 2015
      • Walden University, School of Psychology
        Adjunct Faculty
        September 01, 2012 - August 30, 2013
      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Psychology
        Adjunct Faculty
        August 15, 2012 - May 31, 2013
      • Northern Illinois University, Department of Psychology
        Postdoctoral Research Associate
        August 01, 2011 - July 31, 2012
      • Macalester College, Department of Psychology
        Visiting Instructor
        January 01, 2009 - December 31, 2010

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships


    • Teaching Champion Award, University of Wisconsin-Stout Nakatani Teaching & Learning Center (February 07, 2014)
    • Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award, Society for Text & Discourse (July 11, 2011)
    • Outstanding Student Paper Award, Society for Text & Discourse (July 26, 2009)
    • Best Presentation Award, University of Minnesota Center for Cognitive Science (April 03, 2008)


    • Institute of Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education (September 01, 2007)
    • Instructional Technology Fellowship, University of Minnesota College of Education & Human Development (September 01, 2006)

Professional Memberships

  • Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Society for Text & Discourse (ST&D)



    • Advisory Board Member, Society for Text & Discourse (July 01,2015 - Present)
    • Conference-Related, American Educational Research Association (August 15,2015 - August 31, 2015)
    • Conference Session Chair, Society for Text & Discourse (July 08, 2015)
    • Conference Co-Organizer, Society for Text & Discourse (September 01,2014 - July 08, 2015)
    • Conference Session Chair, American Educational Research Association (April 18, 2015)