When asked in social situations what it is I do, my response is that I teach at Rollins College. I am a teacher. That is first and foremost how I define my professional identity. I expend a lot of time and effort so that my classes are fun, challenging, and most importantly, learning experiences.
Two important traits that I value in any educational experience are enthusiasm and effort. I contend that teaching is most effectively accomplished when instructors display a genuine interest in the topic that they are teaching. Enthusiasm is infectious. I also value the one-on-one interactions with students that a small community like ours affords. I make an effort to get to know my students as people and evaluate their talents individually. I then expect them to put in an effort commensurate with their abilities and reward them for mental-sweat equity as well as for intellectual prowess.
Perspectives In Psychology II examines a major research area in psychology from multiple perspectives, including physiological and neuropsychological. As part of the two-course first year experience for psychology majors, this class traces the historical forces that shaped research in psychology, and presents students with fundamental theoretical concepts and methodological tools in psychology.
Neuropsychology is a conference-style course focusing on case studies of people with brain damage. Throughout the course, we examine these cases both from the perspective of cognitive neuropsychology, which aims to learn more about normal brain and behavior by the study of people with damaged nervous systems, and from the perspective of clinical neuropsychology, which aims to understand the etiology and prognosis of deficits from a client-centered perspective.
This laboratory course is designed to introduce students to the study of cognition in moderate detail and give them hands on experience on how cognitive psychologists measure mental processes. Topics covered by the end of the course include attention, memory, imagery, concepts and categorization, language, problem solving, and reasoning.
This course examines language in a biological context and investigates the relationship between brain mechanisms and language behavior. Topics covered include aphasia and other language disorders; hemispheric specialization; aphasia in the deaf; critical periods and aphasia in children; and gender differences in brain organization and cognitive abilities.
Careers is designed to inform students of the many career opportunities available within the field(s) of psychology, and, in particular, careers that require graduate training. By the end of the course students have a better understanding of the different fields of psychology and occupations associated with each including educational requirements necessary. Students also have a chance to reflect on their own personalities and interests and how those factors may make individuals more or less suited to a particular occupation and students practice hands on career hunting skills like writing a resume or cover letter.
S&P is a broad survey course designed to introduce students to the mechanisms involved in perceiving the world and show them how their own action upon the world influences these perceptions. While vision is discussed most extensively (including color vision and movement perception), hearing, touch, smell and taste are all covered.
Intro is a broad survey course designed to introduce students to the myriad of topics investigated in the study of psychology. Upon successful completion of this course students are in possession of a basic knowledge of physiological, developmental, sensation and perception, learning, cognitive, social, and personality psychology as well as motivation, psychopathology and a variety of research methods.
Stats I is the first of our two part research methods course. It is a laboratory course giving students an opportunity to examine the principles of descriptive statistics and the application of these statistical techniques in observational and correlational research. The course focuses on the process of developing appropriate strategies for collecting and summarizing quantitative and qualitative data during two major research projects.