Last Lecture


The students have spoken, and their chosen professor who delivered a lecture that throws away the syllabus and goes off-book is Michele Moscicki!

This award-winning sessional instructor in the Department of Psychology is passionate about inspiring and mentoring her students, particularly on the topic of stress. Her research delves into human and animal responses to stress, building stress resilience, and investigating best teaching practices for higher education

About the Speaker

Michele Moscicki

Michele Moscicki has been a sessional instructor in UAlberta’s Department of Psychology since 2012. Moscicki completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Windsor in her hometown of Windsor, Ontario, in 2006. There she earned her bachelor’s degree and completed her honours work in an aquatic ecology lab. Moscicki completed her master’s degree (2009) and PhD (2014) in psychology at UAlberta. Her research interests lie in understanding the influences of developmental stressors on behaviour, cognition, neural development, and the formation of different stress-coping styles. Since becoming a university instructor she has also developed an interest in pedagogical research related to student motivation, learning strategies, skills-based outcomes, and effective teaching techniques used to increase these measures.

When not researching or instructing, Moscicki can be found volunteering with the Edmonton Regional Science Fair, trying to raise her average in her weekly bowling league, or attempting not to break a leg while snowboarding in Jasper.

About the Last Lecture Series: Inspiring Education

The Last Lecture asks one of the most amazing educators on campus to answer one question: “If this were your last time to address a group of students, what would you say to them?”. The Last Lecture is an opportunity for the broader UAlberta community to hear from a favourite faculty member.

The concept of a "Last Lecture" became nationally recognized in 2007 with Dr. Randy Pausch, who gave his "Last Lecture" speech on September 18, 2007 at Carnegie Mellon.