Lydia Laucella is a doctoral student at the University at Buffalo-SUNY in Curriculum, Instruction and the Science of Learning. She is interested in focusing her dissertation in understanding key growth points that occur during secondary education that affect student motivation in the transition to college. In 2006, she earned her M.Ed. from Georgia State University, graduating summa cum laude. In 2005, she earned her B.A. from Georgia State University, graduating magna cum laude and earning distinction in her specified major.
She will be returning to teach as a part-time instructor of Freshman Seminar at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in fall 2017; there, she will also teach in a Thrive Program Learning Community. She has also been invited to teach a pilot Freshman Seminar course at Reinhardt University in fall 2017. In addition, she recently co-presented at Reinhardt University's 9th annual Convocation of Artists and Scholars Research Conference and attended KSU's Teaching Academy. Her recent papers include: Community-Based Research Learning: A Proposal for Community-Based Research Learning to Increase Student Motivation and Retention (QEP Proposal, Reinhardt University), and A Mindset in Transition (A Qualitative Research Pilot Study in Freshman Seminar, University at Buffalo).