- Psychology, English; member, Honors Program
- Graduate/Professional School:
- Ph.D., University at Buffalo
- Philadelphia, Pa., area
- Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Widener University
- In a nutshell, what do you do?
- After graduating from Albion, I earned my Ph.D. in social psychology from SUNY-Buffalo. Now I’m a professor at Widener University, a small liberal arts college outside of Philadelphia. I spend my days teaching courses and conducting research with undergraduate students.
- What are you working on right now?
- I’m currently developing courses in 'positive psychology' for Honors students and Masters in Liberal Studies students at Widener. I’m also continuing to pursue research on my favorite topics with students and collaborators across the country. Some of these include the psychology of comfort food, interpersonal connection, helping behavior, and innovative teaching techniques. Incidentally, earlier today I was working on a presentation I will soon be giving at an international conference with my undergraduate mentor, Albion psychology professor Dr. Andrew Christopher.
- Why do you love what you do?
- Early in my time at Albion I figured out I wanted to be a psychology professor. Now I spend every day teaching, talking with students, and uncovering research findings. I get excited every time a student’s eyes light up after they’ve learned something new, whether it’s a concept in psychology or an opportunity for personal growth. I wake up every morning excited to start the day, and despite the long hours I dedicate to my work, it seems more like a hobby than a job. We should all be so lucky to feel that way about our jobs and our lives as a whole.
- How did Albion help you get there?
- Without a doubt, Albion made me into the person I am today. The significant research opportunities I had there and the innovative course work I completed set me apart as a young professional. But Albion did much more for me than prepare me for a job; it prepared me for life. The dedicated professors there nurtured my intellect, sure, but they nurtured my growth as a person as well. And the lifelong friends I made there were not just phenomenal and fun people, they were passionate about their goals and mine. Truly, I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone I met at Albion.
- For me, Albion ...
- ... is a place where growth happens. It’s a place that will develop more than just your mind; it will develop your character as well. Albion takes good people and turns them into great people.
Take It Further: Psychological Science, English, Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
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