Courses and descriptions

Courses I teach

  • Psy 100: Introduction to Psychology

    Introductory Psychology is a
    n overview of scientific foundations and core concepts in psychology with emphasis on basic and applied research across major fields in the discipline. It is required for the psychology major and minor and also may be used to fulfill the Social Science requirement in ILS Clusters 2, 11 and 14. 

    Fall 2011 Syllabus

  • Psy 179: Liberal Studies Introductory Colloquium (LSIC)

The introductory colloquium course is required for all new freshman. It is a writing intensive course intended to introduce students to our approach to liberal arts education, an approach that is multidisciplinary and emphasizes critical thinking. My LSIC topic for several years has been Adolescent Portraits: Growing Up Is Hard To Do, a study of adolescent issues and experiences through analysis of case studies, first person narratives written by college students. LSICs also make use of peer mentors and have an embedded advising component. Peer mentors are junior or senior level students who help facilitate the transition to life as a UNC Asheville freshman. The embedded advising component means we spend some time discussing important advising issues in class; I also become your advisor until you declare a major.

Fall 2012 Syllabus

  • Psy 310: Psychology of Adolescence
One of my favorite courses, Psychology of Adolescence surveys theory and research on physical, sexual, intellectual and personality development from puberty to adulthood with a focus on cultural comparisons. We attempt to answer the question: Is adolescence a universal stage of development with a core of common experiences and challenges, or is it more of a social construct in which the actual experience varies greatly from one culture to another.

  • Psy 374: Psychological Testing

    Psychological Testing is a laboratory course in the development phase (hence the special topics number). It introduces students to principles and processes used to design and analyze psychological tests
    . The course builds on basic statistical information from our Research Methods courses so expect to spend some time learning special applications of familiar statistics and working through calculation problems. For the lab project, each student selects a personality dimension and then designs, administers and analyzes data from a 20 item test. Most of the analyses will be done using Microsoft Excel or a similar type of program. Students may continue to work on their personality scales as undergraduate research projects in a subsequent semester. 
    Spring 2013 Syllabus
  • Psy 412: Senior Seminar in Psychology

Senior Seminar is a writing intensive course that comes in three varieties: 1) topical, in which students read about and discuss an area of psychological research, and then write about an aspect of it in a formal literature review; 2) practicum, in which students work in a community setting concerned with the well-being of others, and then write a literature review related to their work; or 3) research, in which students undertake a scientific study by reviewing previous research, collecting and analyzing data, and, then write a report of results. My senior seminar is topical and focused on identity in adolescence. As a class, we will discuss a variety of theoretical approaches to the issue of identity and review some of the classic and current research on the topic. Each student then will select an issue of personal interest, such as the role of family in identity or racial and ethnic identity, and research that topic for a class presentation and a literature review or research proposal.

Fall 2012 Syllabus