Mecaila Smith is a Ph.D. candidate and Cota-Robles Fellow in Education at UC Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on learning in higher education, with a particular emphasis on metacognition, universal design for learning, and transformative learning. For CITL, she has been a co-facilitator of a course in effective teaching practices, a curriculum designer for workshops, and a mentor for graduate student instructors teaching summer courses. In addition to working with CITL, she has also taught for several quarters in the Writing Program, and collaborated with the Academic Senate’s Committee on Teaching on projects related to student experience of teaching (SETs) and measures of teaching effectiveness. Prior to joining the UC Santa Cruz community, she lived in upstate New York where she was a fellowship adviser and managed an undergraduate research program for minorities and women in the STEM fields at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She has a B.A. in writing/Spanish literature (UC San Diego), a secondary school teaching credential in English education (Cal State Long Beach), a Master’s degree in management, technology and entrepreneurship (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), and a Master’s degree in educational administration, higher education (University at Albany, SUNY).
/ / Mecaila Smith