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Wilbert J McKeachie

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Nationality  American
Name  Wilbert McKeachie
Alma mater  University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor  Donald Marquis
Institutions  University of Michigan
Role  Author
Fields  Psychology
Institution  University of Michigan
Wilbert J. McKeachie httpswwwpsychologicalscienceorgawardscattel
Born  August 24, 1921 (age 94) (1921-08-24)
Known for  McKeachie’s Teaching Tips
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Wilbert James (Bill) McKeachie (born August 24, 1921) is a retired American psychologist. He served as president of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Foundation and the American Association of Higher Education. He was a longtime faculty member at the University of Michigan and is the author of a widely read textbook on college teaching.



In 1949, McKeachie earned a PhD from the University of Michigan, where he joined the faculty for the rest of his career. In 1950, McKeachie distributed a manual to his teaching assistants that covered educational strategies. The manual evolved into McKeachie’s Teaching Tips.

McKeachie served as the 1976 president of the American Psychological Association (APA). He had been the president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) in 1955-1956. McKeachie was president of the American Psychological Foundation (APF) and he delivered the APF's Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology in 2011. He also chaired divisions of the American Association of University Professors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Center for Social Gerontology. McKeachie was an editorial board member for twenty journals.

Honors and awards

  • E. L. Thorndike Award, APA Division 15
  • APA Centennial Award for Outstanding Contribution
  • James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award, Association for Psychological Science
  • Later life

    Dr. McKeachie continued to teach until the age of 85, when he had his hips and shoulder replaced. He said that the surgeries were a result of a 50-year career as a fast-pitch softball pitcher; he cited his three softball no-hitters in 1976, the year of his APA presidency, as proud moments.


    The Society for the Teaching of Psychology created the Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award in 1980. Through 2004, it was awarded to an early career teacher or a graduate student. The award has recognized graduate students since 2005, as a separate award honors early career teaching.


  • McKeachie’s Teaching Tips (1950)
  • References

    Wilbert J. McKeachie Wikipedia