At UCSB, I received the Excellence in Teaching Award, given to <1% of nominated instructors. I also earned a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching. I have taught six different courses as the instructor of record at both Hamilton College and UCSB. Sample course descriptions:
- Environmental Psychology addresses how individuals think about and react to environmental threats. It covers psychological topics such as risk perceptions, group identity (e.g., political parties), social influence (e.g., neighbors), environmental attitudes, and models of environmental behavior, and applies them to interdisciplinary challenges such as collective action problems, climate change, and environmental policy in order to design effective interventions to improve environmental stewardship.
- Social Psychology is a survey of theory and research in social psychology, covering how perceptions, feelings, and behavior are influenced by (mostly social) situations. We explore social perception, attitudes, persuasion, stereotyping and discrimination, aggression, social influence, group behavior, and examine conscious and unconscious processes through these areas. The course may also include romantic relationships, cooperation, and applied social psychology.
- Health Psychology uses psychological methods to study the two-way relationship between mind and body. Health psychologists investigate how to promote health and how to prevent and cope with illness. We focus on psychological states such as stress and how they affect the body, and the importance of mental processes such as finding meaning that are associated with effective coping and positive health outcomes. Topics include health behavior change, pain, eating and dieting, placebo, and personality, and drug use.