In Celebration of a Mentor, Colleague, and Friend
On an unusually warm and sunny Spring day in 1992 a group of more than one hundred current and former students, colleagues, friends, and family members gathered in Rackham Auditorium on The University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus to celebrate Wilbert J. McKeachie's lifetime of contributions to psychology and higher education. The symposium speakers discussed how their own research on cognition, motivation, and instruction had been influenced by Bill's research and writing. That evening, more than 300 guests attended a special dinner in Bill's honor. The dinner guests heard from Bill's friends and his Psychology Department colleagues about Bill's contributions to the department during his term as chair as well as his many contributions to academic life at Michigan in general. The following year, at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, an unprecedented invitational session was presented in honor of Bill's contributions to research on college teaching and learning.
The chapters in this volume were written by participants at these meetings and others who have worked closely with Bill over the years. These, and the many other honors Bill has received, are simply reflections of the tremendous esteem in which he is held as a scholar and as a person. Bill's leadership and contributions, particularly at