Mark S. Hoyert


Herman Frederic Lieber Award (2006)
Indiana University Northwest
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology


Mark S. Hoyert received his B.S. in 1981 and his B.A. in 1982 from the University of Maryland. He then earned his M.A. in 1985, and his Ph.D. in 1988 from Emory University.

Hoyert is a Professor of Psychology at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. He was appointed to the Indiana University faculty in 1988. He energetically illustrates his lectures with copious jokes, drawings, stories, and real-world examples that underscore the content and at the same time make classes fun and exciting. He creates a comfortable atmosphere for learning, and his students are clearly engaged.

Hoyert's pedagogical contribution outside of the classroom is also evident through the substantial research he has done examining motivation for academic achievement. He developed a motivational intervention based on his findings—a tutoring program for struggling Introductory Psychology students—that has reduced their failure rate by half. He was awarded a P.A. Mack Fellowship through IU's Mack Center for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning, in part for his tutoring program.

Hoyert has been widely recognized for his exemplary teaching. He has received three IU Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards, three Trustees Teaching Awards, an IU Northwest Founders Day Teaching Award, and he is a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching. He has also published widely on the scholarship of teaching and on the motivational states that drive academic performance. In addition, he has assumed leadership roles in promoting educational and curricular issues regionally, and was instrumental in developing and implementing the Bachelor of Science degree in psychology on the IU Northwest campus.