So I've been trying my hand at blogging for about a year and a half and I have discovered that I'm pretty horrible at it, mostly because I have a hard time sticking to it. Being consistent, is a really important part of being a successful blogger and in that I have failed!
Its a new year though, and here at The Novice Professor, a new year brings new changes. I am happy to announce that The Novice Professor is growing. We have two new regular contributors to the blog and have several guest contributors in the works to provide a more varied (and more regular) perspective on what it means to be a Novice Professor.
I am happy to introduce our new contributors Jen and Karly, both graduate students pursuing careers focusing on teaching psychology. Last year (2017) I convinced them to attend NITOP and there I floated the idea of them contributing posts to this blog in an effort to provide the ultimate Novice Professor perspective, that of a Graduate Student Instructor. They were interested, but as my ability to keep up with the blog waned the idea was shelved. This year we were reunited at NITOP 2018 and my passion for the project was renewed. I was lucky enough to convince them both that they were necessary pieces of the project and am happy to have them and their ideas on board! Please join me in welcoming The Novice Professor's new directions and our new bloggers:
My name is Jennifer Blush, but you can call me Jen. Currently I'm a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso. It's my third year in the program. The majority of my training has been in Cognitive Psychology. For the past few years, my research interests are in the areas of bilingual cognition and language processing. Other than just being a researcher, I am also an instructor in the Psychology department. Thus far, I've had the opportunity to teach Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to Statistics, and a research methods writing lab. Teaching is awesome! I first started teaching in my Master's program at Illinois State University where I also taught a research methods writing lab. Engaging with the students and seeing them grow is an irreplaceable and fulfilling feeling. How I see it, part of my job is to always have new and effective teaching techniques that make learning fun and long-lasting. This requires me to keep up with the hot research on evidenced based teaching, which also requires that I keep learning! Hence, the novice professor -- forever learning to strive to be a better instructor.
Hello! My name is Karly Schleicher, I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) researching bilingual reading comprehension. As a graduate student that teaches introductory undergraduate courses, I am very much a “novice professor.” I have taught Introduction to Statistics, as well as writing labs connected to an Experimental Methods course. As an instructor, I hope to provide my students with an impactful experience that not only benefits them in college, but also in their day-to-day lives.
This week we'll be starting a short series "What I learned at NITOP" to share our favorite teaching tips from the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. Stay tuned!
- Ciara Kidder