Teaching

My commitment to reducing prejudice and creating more positive climates for people from all backgrounds anchors the four aims of my teaching philosophy. My first teaching aim is to provide students with the fundamental tools to master the course material and perform well including: how to study and learn; how to adjust to the demands of new situations they might face in college; and how to find and use resources available to them. My second aim is to cultivate my students’ interest in the course material so that they grow to value the knowledge the field of psychology has to offer. My third teaching aim is to provide students with a space in which they can question and share ideas, opinions, and intuitions to embolden them to be a part of the production of knowledge. My last teaching aim is to cultivate an appreciation and respect for diversity and to help students see the importance of diversity in viewpoints, ideologies, beliefs, values, lifestyles, and people for generating discourse and progress.