I never really planned to be a teacher, but now I cannot imagine NOT teaching. I absolutely love being in front of a class and – yes – the larger the class the better! I really enjoy the challenge of trying to present information in both a clear and entertaining way. Engagement is the front door to learning, and if students aren’t engaged not much else about one’s teaching style matters. So I try very hard to convey to my students how cool and interesting psychology is and, since psychology is really the study of human behaviour how cool and interesting THEY are.
I am incredibly lucky to be a faculty member of the University of Toronto Scarborough and since coming here in 1995 I have taught more than ten different courses including Introductory and Advanced Statistics, Memory and Cognition, Psychology and the Law, the Scientific Study of Conscious and Unconscious Influences, Wikischolar, Computational Models of Memory and Attention and Computers in Psychology. However my true love is my 1800 student Introduction to Psychology class. It is a course I have totally overhauled, and continue to overhaul, in an attempt to create the best possible learning experience for my students. Big class means bad class? I don’t think so … with though big classes can provide deep learning experiences! Everything I learn from my research is applied in that context.
2017 Canadian Post-Secondary #EdTech Professor of the Year – Mindshare Learning
2014 UTSC Principles Award: Special Commendation in Recognition of Commitment to Educational Innovation
2013 Underground Best Professor (one of five named)
2013 Scarborough Campus Student Union (SCSU) Best Teacher Award
2010 Finalist for Computer World Magazines IT Educator of the Year award
2006/7 Leadership in Faculty Teaching Award (Provincial Award to recognize the best post-secondary professors)
2006/7 Named one of Ontario’s 10 best post-secondary lecturers as part of Television Ontario’s “Best Lecturer” competition
2004/5 Named one of Ontario’s top 30 post-secondary lecturers as part of Television Ontario’s inaugural “Best Lecturer” competition
2002/3 Scarborough Campus Student Union “Best Professor” award
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