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Teaching & Mentoring

My teaching and mentoring philosophy centers on 1) creating safe, inclusive, and accessible learning environments for all students; 2) promoting student understanding and application of course and lab material to students’ lives and our social world more broadly; and 3) encouraging engagement with course and lab content and the development of critical thinking skills.

I have advised and mentored numerous research assistants and students in research projects, including students from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds.

I enjoy teaching, advising, and supporting my students as they develop research projects, skills, and knowledge that benefit their future goals.  

Teaching Experience

Social Psychology (taught summers 2019-2021)

The goal of social psychology is to understand how our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the actual, imagined, or implied presence of others. At the heart of social psychology is the recognition that our responses are shaped by the social context around us, often times without us even realizing it. This course provides students with an overview of research and theory in social psychology. Students learn to engage critically with research and theories, and apply concepts and theories to life experiences and societal problems.

Quantitative Methods Recitations (taught spring 2020)

People are exposed to statistical information in their daily lives, but don't always have the tools to know when statistics are used in a misleading manner. Statistical analyses are also crucial to the research findings in psychology. Students take Quantitative Methods to learn how to conduct and interpret statistical analyses, including descriptive statistics (e.g., mean, standard deviation, variance) and inferential statistics (e.g., correlation, ANOVA, regression). In Quantitative Methods Recitations, students gain additional experience reviewing the concepts underlying important statistical tests and working through practice problems. 

Introduction to College Teaching is a course offered by the TA Project for graduate students at Rutgers University. This course provides an overview of effective teaching practices in higher education. Students learn and practice using pedagogical techniques throughout the course. Topics covered in the course include: developing learning objectives, developing a teaching philosophy, active learning practices, engaging and motivating, students, developing assessments and policies, boosting teaching confidence, and fostering an inclusive learning environment for diverse student populations. 

Designing Your Own Course (taught fall 2021)

Designing Your Own Course is a course offered by the TA Project for graduate students at Rutgers University. This course guides students through the process of designing a course they might someday teach. This includes preparing a syllabus and supporting documents, identifying readings, planning activities and assignments, and developing learning objectives and assessments. formulating a set of learning goals and assessments. Students can use these materials to propose a new course or plan a course they expect to teach in the future. 

Mentoring Experience

Jessica Philip, Rutgers University class of 2022, Doctoral student at Northern Illinois University

  • Aresty Research Grant Recipient

    • Project:​ Interpersonal identity cues: The perceived link between identity, personality, and prejudice

  • Dorothy and David Cooper Scholarship Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    • Project: ​Identity cues in therapy: The effect of the perceived link between race, personality, and prejudice on the therapeutic relationship

  • Honors Thesis in Psychology

    • Project: Racial socialization and health among a diverse sample​

    • Recipient of the prestigious Henry Rutgers Scholar Award

Siris Rodriguez, Rutgers University class of 2021

  • Aresty Research Grant Recipient

    • Project: ​Shared controllability stigma: Identity cue transfer and solidarity among stigmatized groups

  • Dorothy and David Cooper Scholarship Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    • Project: ​Lay perceptions of the relationship between personality traits and prejudice

  • Honors Thesis in Psychology and Aresty Research Grant Recipient

    • Project: Personality traits as identity cues: The perceived relationship between prejudice and personality

    • Recipient of the prestigious Henry Rutgers Scholar Award

Zoey Eddy, Doctoral student at Rutgers University

  • Rutgers' RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience) Fellow

    • Project: ​Parental racial socialization for Multiracial children

Tamar Dubin, Rutgers University class of 2020

  • Dorothy and David Cooper Scholarship Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

    • Project: ​What do bisexuals look like? Mental representations of the gender-typicality of bisexual women

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