Posted on: September 8, 2015

Dr. Anne Horak to discuss “Jerry Maguire Effect” at VFF’s 2015 Launch

Dr. Anne Horak to discuss “Jerry Maguire Effect” at VFF’s 2015 Launch

The School of Education welcomes all to join the first session of the Fall 2015 Voices from the Field (VFF) speaker series. Our guest speaker, Dr. Anne Horak, an assistant professor at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, will deliver a talk titled “You had me at PBL: The Jerry Maguire Effect on Student Achievement.”

Thursday, September 17, 2015
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Village Drive, Room 101

4401 Village Drive
Fairfax, VA  22030

The phenomenon called the “Jerry Maguire effect” is based on a study that found that we really do begin to form an impression of a person’s personality from the first word we hear them utter. What are the first impressions about instruction students are getting? What implications does this have for student achievement? What if the first words a teacher uttered about content were, “What’s going on here?” Would students be engaged? Would they achieve? Problem-based learning (PBL) begins with an ill-structured problem to capitalize on students’ curiosity from the very first moments of instruction to maximize their content acquisition and engagement. Hear how PBL can be used to produce increased achievement and satisfaction with the learning environment.

This is an excellent professional development opportunity for faculty and will touch upon topics and practices that are applicable to all educators. Please feel free to pass this opportunity along to others who may be interested!

To learn more about participating in Voices from the Field, please contact Kevin Martin, Associate Dean of the School of Education, at You may also follow us on social media @SEDatVIU and @TESOLVIU or visit the School of Education’s website at Many of our previous sessions are recorded and made available through our website here.