Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Lab

Lab description

This is an undergraduate research lab for SLCC students who are interested to obtain social science research experiences. The research projects focus on, but are not limited to the following topic areas: higher ed teaching effectiveness, instructor-student relationship, academic learning, social science research methods, open educational resources (OER), and diversity and equity practices in higher ed.

All SLCC undergraduate students are welcome to participate at different levels of involvement. Students interested in exploring research opportunities with the Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Xin Zhao at xin.zhao@slcc.edu.

Fall 2021 Lab meetings

Thursdays 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
SLCC Taylorsville Campus, AAB 219

Current Projects

  • Curating inclusive multi-modal introductory psychology OER content: Interviewing historically underrepresented experts (with OpenStax.org)
  • Emotional changes during the pandemic: A study evaluating emotional impact of Covid-19 on college students*
  • Productive failure: increase undergraduate research skills through ill-structured activities
  • Social Justice discussions in general psychology: Using learning community to predict students’ attitudes

*Student projects

Faculty Advisor


Xin Zhao, Ph.D.
Credentials & Bio

Student Research Assistants


Sarah Dye
I am majoring in psychology with plans to become a school psychologist. Outside of school I like to crochet and spending time with my family. Sarah has joined HETL Lab since Fall 2021.


Brock Epperson
I am currently majoring in Psychology, with plans to pursue my PhD. My interests, in relation to research, are roughly summarized by two general desires: 1. To research the most effective ways of 'betterment' for individuals and 2. To research the most effective way(s) to influence people and hence impact them 'for the better'. Outside of schooling, I enjoy working on my clothing company and podcast, consuming philosophical content, and working towards self-actualizing. Brock has joined HETL Lab since Summer 2021.


Joseph Izampuye
I am currently a sophomore at SLCC majoring in psychology. My current interests besides psychology include reading about history and writing philosophy. Joseph has joined HETL Lab since Fall 2020.


Ammon Love
I am a sophomore at SLCC. My research interests are the following: 1) Research utilizing fMRI to measure neurological effectiveness and improvement following anesthesia treatments to calm the fight-or-flight response in hopes to improve systemic inpatient treatment of Suicide among medical providers, 2) Research current and future data analytics and practices to better inform on the increasing suicide rates, and use video and marketing to bridge large gaps between behavioral health, medicine, commercial products and research 3) Study of language and philosophy for the grassroots improvement of empathy between individuals that is key to human feelings of belonging, value and purpose within their communities. Ammon has joined HETL lab since Fall 2021.


Hayden Turnbow
I am currently a freshman at SLCC exploring paths with psychology as a major. Some of the many things outside of psychology I am interested in include painting, video games, music, and computer science. Hayden has joined HETL Lab since Spring 2021.

Student Alumni


Paige Keller
Paige transferred to University of Utah majoring in Psychology in Fall 2021. Paige was a member of the HETL Lab in Spring 2021.

Last updated October 2021