Teaching Philosophy

I believe a successful post-secondary education prepares students for intellectual life after graduation. This translates into two goals I have for students in any class: 1) students should become thoughtful consumers of information and, 2) students should be able to effectively communicate their ideas to others. As an instructor, my goal is to provide opportunities for students to develop these skills. What this means, for instance, is that every class I teach includes writing assignments and/or oral presentations.


I also enjoy teaching in the lab. I have had the opportunity to guide students through every step of the research process whether they are working as research assistants or completing independent research projects. Please make an appointment to meet with me if you are interested in being involved with my research.

Courses Taught

General Psychology (4.5)General information about psychology in everyday life, designed to correct misconceptions and to give the student a better understanding of self and others
Intermediate Psychology (4.7)Introduction to scientific psychology with emphasis on methodology and critical thinking about psychological ideas
Writing: Social Sciences (4.6)Develop writing skills appropriate for psychology, including essays, reports, and scholarly communication.
Learning (4.7)Major theories of learning in contemporary psychology, with a brief historical introduction
Learning and Memory (4.5)Fundamental concepts and theories of learning and memory derived from human and animal research
Motivation and Emotion (4.5)Theoretical and research issues on such motivational topics as drive, goal, directedness, incentive, reinforcement, external stimulation, emotion, instinct, and self-actualization
Cognitive Psychology (4.6)The field of cognitive psychology, including human learning, memory, problem solving, language, and attention
Research Methods (4.5)Descriptive, correlational, and experimental approaches: design, methodology, and analysis. Experience designing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting (verbal and written) research findings
Cognitive Methods (4.8)Advanced treatment of research approaches used in Cognition. Traditional laboratory-based data collection and analysis facilitate experiential learning.
Research Team (4.9)Applied learning experience in designing and conducting original research in psychology, data analysis, writing and presenting research results
Independent Research (n/a)Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis
Human-Centered Design Seminar (n/a)Graduate. Special topics class investigating issues related to human and interface interactions
Experimental Psychology Seminar (4.6)Graduate. Theory and practice of behavioral research: validity, research design, statistics, ethics, reliability, critical thinking, and communication of results.
*Mean student evaluation ratings in parentheses. Scale ranges from 5 = Very Effective/Excellent to 1 = Very Ineffective/Poor.