Teaching

I teach several courses here at Whitman. Courses for new students include Encounters and Principles of Psychology. I also teach mid-level courses in Developmental Psychology and the Psychology of Women and Gender. Upper-level courses include seminars in Poverty & Child Development, Theories of Knowledge, the Philosophy & Psychology of Language, and the senior capstone course Historical and Contemporary Issues in Psychology. My general teaching approach is grounded in problem-based learning and team-learning. This means that students use class time to attempt to resolve current hot issues in psychology. There are frequent short assignments, so that students are actively engaging in the material every day. Students also work in teams for many projects, because team learning is a great motivator for students and it promotes cooperation, listening, and teaching. Syllabi for some recent courses are linked below.