Biography

My research interests are perceptual development during reading acquisition, adolescent literacy, adult learning and development, and undergraduate education. I currently teach several undergraduate educational psychology foundations courses that focus on the theories and practices of learning, development, and adjustment.

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Key Professional Appointments

Professor Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - present

Associate Professor Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000 - 2006

Assistant Professor Department of Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1978 - 2000

Assistant Dean College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993 - 1997

Research Assistant Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, Cornell University, 1973 - 1978

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Education

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1982

M.A., Corporate and Political Communication, Fairfield University, 1972

B.A., English, Fairfield University, 1969

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Outstanding Faculty Award 2010 - 2010

Illinois Student Senate Award for Excellence in Lecturing University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - 2007

Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching University of Illinois, University of Illinois, 2006 - 2006

Campus Award for Innovations in Undergraduate Instruction AMOCO, 1998 - 1998

Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award College of Education, 1994 - 1994

Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Nominee University of Illinois, 1991 - 1991

College of Education Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award College of Education, 1990 - 1990

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Publications

Hackmann, D., Kose, B., Zola, D., & Colwell, C. (2008) Illinois Administrators' Academy Manual: An Introduction to the Evaluation of Certified Staff.. ISBE: Springfield, IL

McConkie, G., Zola, D., Grimes, J., Kerr, P., & Bryant, N. (1991) Children's eye movements during reading. Vision and visual dyslexia,. Macmillan: London

Zola, D. (1984) Redundancy and word perception during reading Perception and Psychophysics 36, 277-284

McConkie, G., & Zola, D. (1979) Is visual information integrated across successive fixations in reading? Perception and Psychophysics 25, 221-224

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Courses

Education Orientation Seminar Informational orientation seminar for Education majors to enhance their understanding of college life and the field of education as a profession.

Honors Symposium in Education Course affords students an opportunity to consider important topics impacting current educational practices. Students select six scholarly presentations from an approved list. The presentations are delivered by outstanding visiting and resident scholars in education and related disciplines. Three times during the term, students gather to consider the issues raised by the presentations. Course expectations include: attending six presentations, attending the three course discussion meetings, reading the course text and selected publications, and developing written reflections based on presentations attended. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.: attending six presentations, attending the three course discussion meetings, reading the course text and selected publications, and developing written reflections based on presentations attended.

Educational Psychology Explores fundamental issues of development, learning, instruction, and assessment. This course articulates how people learn, how they are influenced by cultural and social contexts, how to assess learning and its outcomes, and how best to teach and motivate people to achieve. Educational psychologists improve learning in a broad range of settings: homes, classrooms, work environments, and communities. Course Information: Prerequisite: PSYC 100. Class Schedule Information: Students will be required upon request to participate in a total of 3 hours of experiments outside of class. Students must register for one discussion and one lecture section.: homes, classrooms, work environments, and communities.

Developments in Educ Psyc Foundational theories and practices of educational psychology, including learning and development. Course Information: 2 or 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Undergraduate and graduate work load will be commensurate with the requirements. Class Schedule Information: Note: Meets educational psychology foundation requirement.

Advanced Seminar in Educ Psyc Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Course Information: Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required.

Dev Effective Undergrad Educ Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Course Information: Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required.

David Zola

Clinical Professor, Educational Psychology

Contact

Office

188A Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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