Ben Seipel, PhD
Ph.D. Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota 2011
M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota 2008
B.M.E Music Education, B.S. Psychology , B.S. Spanish Education, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 2001
Teaching and Research Interests
Ben completed his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities in 2011. Here at California State University- Chico, he teaches courses on Educational Psychology, Fundamental Practices of Teaching, Assessment in Special Education, and Introduction to Research Methods in Education. His research focuses on the cognitive and neurological processes of reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition while reading, and implicit learning systems. Specifically, through the use of eye-tracking, EEG, and fMRI he has examined how people create coherent mental representations of narratives when they encounter inconsistencies in text. He is also an original author of the Multiple-choice Online Causal Comprehension Assessment (MOCCA) that diagnoses different cognitive processing issues for struggling readers in 3rd-5th grade. This research project is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) through the U.S. Department of Education. He and his research team have plans to develop similar diagnostic assessments for older students as well. Additionally, Ben has secured grant funding to aid faculty development on campus to assist faculty with their online courses. This work in online education builds on his own experience of teaching online—for which he has won awards locally and regionally. In the classroom Ben enjoys discussing classic and current research topics in education and how those topics can better inform teaching practices of educators. Prior to his career in research and high education, Ben worked as a Spanish teacher in various K-12 settings and is also licensed to teach K-12 vocal/general music.
Frequently Taught Courses
- EDTE 530: Fundamentals of Teaching Practice for Secondary Teachers
- EDTE 580: Educational Psychology
- EDMA 610: Introduction to Inquiry in Education
- SPED 520: Assessment and Evaluation in General and Special Education
Seipel, B. (2015). Ring! Ring! Science Calling! Using Interactive Art to Explore Variation, Inheritance, and Evolution. Science and Children. 52(8), 31-36.
Clinton, V., Carlson, S. E., & Seipel, B. (2015). Linguistic Markers of Inference Generation While Reading. Journal of psycholinguistic research, 1-22.
Seipel, B., Carlson, S., Bianco-Simeral, S., Frigaard, M., Wolff, C., and Goto, K. (2014). The Nutritional Moral of the Story: An Examination of Storybooks used to Promote Healthy Food Choice Behavior. Psychology and Education.
Carlson, S., Seipel, B., & McMaster, K. (2014). Development of a new reading comprehension assessment: Identifying comprehension differences among readers. Learning and Individual Differences 32, 40-53. doi: 10.1016/j.lindif.2014.03.003.
Clinton, V., Seipel, B., van den Broek, P., McMaster, K. L., Kendeou, P., Carlson, S. E. & Rapp, D. N. (2014), Gender differences in inference generation by fourth-grade students. Journal of Research in Reading. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2012.01531.x
Fehr, C. N., Davison, M. L., Graves, M. G., Sales, G. C., & Seipel, B. (2012). The effect of individualized, online vocabulary instruction on picture vocabulary scores: An efficacy study. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 25(1), 87-102.
Carlson, S., Seipel, B., & McMaster, K. (2011). Using a new reading comprehension assessment to measure discourse representations and identify types of comprehenders. Evanston, IL: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness. (ED528950)
Seipel, B., & Thompson, M. (2015). Digital Diversity: Identifying and Addressing the Needs of the 21st Century Learner at CSU, Chico. Presentation to be given at the 2015 Annual Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Chico, CA, October, 2015.
Seipel, B., Justeson, R., & Schademan, A. (2015). Gauging Grit and Teaching Tenacity to First Year and Transfer Students. Presentation to be given at the 2015 Annual Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Chico, CA, October, 2015.
Seipel., B. (2015). Rigorous Democracy: Is Academic Rigor an Issue of Equity? Is Rigor A Process for Renewal? Paper to be presented at the 2015 Annual National Network for Educational Renewal conference. Chico, CA. October 2015.
Seipel, B., McCarthy, K., & Sederberg, L. (2015). Online Quality Assurance Program for Online Courses. MERLOT ePortfolio presentation http://contentbuilder.merlot.org/toolkit/html/snapshot.php?id=93843652767915
Seipel, B., Carlson, S. E., & Clinton, V. (2015). When Struggling Readers Struggle. Paper presentation at the 2015 Annual Society for Text and Discourse conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2015.
Carlson, S.E., Seipel, B., Biancarosa, G., & Davison, M. (2015). What’s in a Response? The Exploration of How Two Think-aloud Worlds Collide. Poster presentation at the 2015 Annual Society for Text and Discourse conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2015.
Davison, M., Liu, B., Seipel, B., Carlson, S.E., & Biancarosa, G., (2015). The MOCCA Measurement Model: Challenges and Possible Solutions. Paper presentation at the 2015 annual Society for Text and Discourse conference. Minneapolis, MN. July, 2015.
Biancarosa, G., Carlson, S.E., Seipel, B., & Davison, M. (2015). Diagnostic measurement of reading comprehension processes of poor comprehenders: initial psychometric results. Paper presentation at the 2015 annual Society for the Scientific Studies of Reading conference. Kamueal, HI. July, 2015.
Seipel, B. (2015). Measuring Incidental Word Learning in First and Second Languages. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Cognitive Neuroscience Society Conference. San Francisco, March, 2015.
Seipel, B., Biancarosa, G., Carlson, S.E., & Davison, M. (2015). Analysis of Textual Features of a New Reading Comprehension Assessment: MOCCA. Paper presentation given at the Spring 2015 Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness conference. Washington, D.C., March, 2015.
Seipel, B., (2014). Quality Online Instruction: An Introduction to the QOLT Rubric. Presentation given at the 20th annual Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Chico, CA, October, 2014.
Seipel, B., McCabe, D., and Hamel, S. (2014). Learning in Groups is Fundamental—Even Online! The Basics of Small Group Communication and Collaboration in Online Environments. Paper presentation given at the 20th annual Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Chico, CA, October, 2014.
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