Teaching

I teach courses in general psychology, social psychology, positive psychology / happiness, emotion, and research methods. My philosophy of teaching and learning is centered on two principles: interaction and enthusiasm. In my classes, I seek to spark curiosity and interest among students and to engage them actively in exploring big questions and drawing connections among ideas. Among my top priorities is encouraging students to develop their critical thinking skills in service of becoming better consumers of psychological information in everyday life. Learning occurs best when students are able to collaborate with one another and the instructor, and I am constantly seeking to discover more effective ways of doing this in large and small classes alike.

My research interests in teaching can be found here.

Sample syllabi

  • General Psychology (PSYC 100), Winter 2015 [pdf]
  • Fundamentals of Psychological Research (PSYC 209), Winter 2015 [pdf]
  • Social Psychology (PSYC 240), Spring 2015 [pdf]
  • The Pursuit of Happiness: The Psychology & Politics of Living Well (INTER 125 / interdisciplinary course), Fall 2015 [pdf]
  • Psychology of Emotion (PSYCH 448), Autumn 2016 [pdf]
  • Theories of Social Psychology (PSYCH 445), Winter 2017 [pdf]

Sample assignments

  • Day of Compassion (Social Psychology, Spring 2015) [pdf]
  • Research Proposal (Fundamentals of Psychological Research, Winter 2015) [pdf]
  • Schedules of Reinforcement (General Psychology, Fall 2015) [pdf]
  • Thinking Critically: Correlation or Causation (General Psychology, Fall 2015) [pdf]