Teaching

Olin is an engineering school, dedicated to innovative pedagogy and hands-on learning.  Obviously, I am not an engineer.  However, along with my colleagues in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Program, my teaching is focused on exposing Olin students to a wider range of thought.  As a result, I teach small seminar courses designed to both introduce Olin students to the most exciting ideas in the field of  psychology and to challenge them to learn how to approach knowledge the way scientific psychologists do.  Thus, there are both content-based and epistemological objectives to my teaching at Olin.  Examples of courses I have developed include "Identity from the Mind and the Brain," "Foundations of Psychology," and "What is Change."  I have also taught as part of an inter-disciplinary team of engineers, designers, and social scientists in one of Olin's core courses, "User-Oriented Collaborative Design."

In addition, because of Olin's close relationship with our Partner Institutions, I regularly teach a course on "Narrative Psychology" in the Psychology Department at Wellesley College.

I also recently got a Curricular Innovation Fellowship award, along with Beth Wynstra of Babson College, to develop and co-teach an interdisciplinary course called "Constructing and Performing the Self," which will run for the first time in Spring, 2017.  The course will blend the psychology of identity with the theater of solo performance.
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