School name: Seton Hall University
Type of school: Private, Catholic, primarily undergraduate but there are Master’s and Doctoral programs.
School locale (including state and country): South Orange, New Jersey, United States
How many years have you taught psychology? Since 2006 at Seton Hall but I taught my first class as a graduate student in the summer of 2002.
Classes you teach: I have taught a variety bur lately it is mostly Research Methods, Cognitive Psychology Lab, and Orientation to the Psychology Major.
Specialization (if applicable): Cognitive
Average class size: 18-25
What’s the best advice about teaching you’ve ever received? Be authentic.
What book or article has shaped your work as a psychology teacher? Specifications Grading by Linda Neilson
Briefly tell us about your favorite lecture topic or course to teach.Unsurprisingly, as an experimentalist, I love talking about a 2x2 design and all the potential combinations that can occur and how great it is that we can answer so many questions using this approach.
Briefly describe a favorite assignment or in-class activity. Around 1/3 of the way through Research Methods we watch the Ted Talk “How Racism Makes Us Sick” and then go through all the ways it demonstrates what we have learned so far. In addition to the content being brought up the rest of the semester as meaningful, they get a chance to see how much they now can apply from the class.
What teaching and learning techniques work best for you? I put cognitive psychology into action and focus on spaced learning with plenty of retrieval practice.
What’s your workspace like? Piles of books, papers, and notebooks. Plus lots of things about who I am outside of work so there’s race bibs/medals, pictures of my family, nods to my concerns about EDI, and a framed picture of the Cleveland skyline, which is the city closest to where I grew up. We have generously sized offices so I also have a small sofa, which has come in handy on many occasions.
Three words that best describe your teaching style. Compassionate, Transparent, Deliberate.
What is your teaching philosophy in 8 words or fewer? We are in this together, thankfully.
Tell us about a teaching disaster (or embarrassment) you’ve had and how you dealt with the situation. This one is stumping me, suggesting I should take more risks! Other than the occasional turn of phrase that I don’t realize has taken on a new meaning, I can’t think of anything that rises to the embarrassment or disaster level.
What about teaching do you find most enjoyable? Watching how much students can grow and change in the short term of a semester or the longer term of their full college experience.
What is something your students would be surprised to learn about you? I was a pack a day smoker in college.
What are you currently reading for pleasure? The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan.
What tech tool could you not live without? Blackboard grading in browser.
What is your hallway chatter like? What do you talk to colleagues about most (whether or not it is related to teaching/school)? A bit of everything from classes, to committees, to concerns. I consider many of my colleagues to also be friends and this makes going to work rewarding in many domains of my wellness.
Has your teaching changed because of the Covid19 pandemic? If so, how? (positive and/or negative changes)I have doubled down on thinking about what is most important and how I can create an equitable classroom that doesn’t also mean I spend my whole life grading.
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