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Chantal Levesque-Bristol

Director, Center for Instructional Excellence
Department of Educational Studies


My research focuses on motivation from the perspective of Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Deci & Ryan, 1985) as it applies to education, as well as teaching and learning processes. I am especially interested in the relation between student motivation, learning environments, student engagement, and learning outcomes. I conduct applied research examining the effectiveness of various teaching strategies and techniques, such as Service-Learning courses and First-Year Experiences. I am also interested in measurement issues as well as psychometric properties of measurement tools and reliability and validity of self-report scales. I have conducted research using multivariate data analysis techniques including Structural Equation Modeling and Confirmatory Factor Analysis.


Ph.D. University of Ottawa, Canada, 2000, Psychology
B.A. University of Ottawa, Canada, 1995, Psychology

Selected Publications

Levesque-Bristol, C. & Cornelius-White, J. (in press).  The Public Affairs Scale: Measuring the Public Good Mission of Higher Education.  Journal of Public Affairs Education, 18, 4.

Niemiec, C. P., Brown, K. W., Kashdan, T. B., Cozzolino, P. J., Breen, W. E., Levesque-Bristol, C., & Ryan, R. M. (in press).  Being Present in the Face of Existential Threat: The Role of Trait Mindfulness in Reducing Defensive Responses to Mortality Salience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Levesque, C., Knapp, T. D., & Fisher B. J. (2010).  The effectiveness of Service-Learning:  It's not always what you think.  Journal of Experiential Education, 33, 208-224.

Knapp, T. D., Fisher, B. J., & Levesque-Bristol, C. (2010).  Service-learning’s impact on college students’ commitment to future civic engagement, self-efficacy, and social empowerment.  Journal of Community Practice, 18, 233-251.

Levesque C., Copeland K. J., Pattie M. D., & Deci E. L. (2010). Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation. In P. Peterson, E. Baker, & B. McGaw (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of Education. volume 6, pp. 618-623. Oxford: Elsevier.

Copeland, K. J., & Levesque, C. (2010).  The Retention Dilemma:  Effectively Reaching the First-Year University Student.  Journal of College Student Retention.

Levesque-Bristol, C., Stanek, L. R. (2009).  Examining Self-Determination in a Service-Learning Classroom.  Teaching of Psychology, 36, 1-5.

Levesque, C., Copeland, K. J., Sutcliffe, R. A. (2008).  Conscious and Non-conscious Processes: Implications for Self-Determination Theory.  Canadian Psychology, 49, 218-224.

Levesque, C., Copeland, K.J., & Deci, E.L. (2008).  Self-determination.  In N. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology, vol. II, pp. 889-892.  Sage Publisher.

Levesque, C., & Brown, K. W. (2007).  Mindfulness as a Moderator of the Effect of Implicit Motivational Self-Concept on Day-to-Day Behavioral Motivation.  Motivation and Emotion, 31, 284-299.

Levesque, C., Sell, G. R., & Zimmerman, J. A. (2006). A Theory-based integrative model for learning and motivation in higher education. In S. Chadwick-Blossey (Ed.). To Improve the Academy, vol. 24, pp. 86-103. Anker Publishing, Bolton, MA.

Levesque, C. Zuehlke, N., Stanek, L., & Ryan, R.M. (2004).  Autonomy and competence in German and U.S. University students: A comparative study based on Self-Determination Theory.  Journal of Educational Psychology, 96, 68-84.


2012-Present Director, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University
2012-Present Professor, Educational Studies, Purdue University
2011-2012 Professor, Psychology, Missouri State University
2008-2009 Provost Fellow for Teaching and Learning, Missouri State University
2006-2008 Assistant Department Head, Psychology - Missouri State University
2005-2011 Associate Professor, Psychology, Missouri State University
2002-2005 Assistant Professor, Psychology, Missouri State University