TNP Editors and Founding Members
Ciara K. Kidder
My name is Ciara Kidder. I am an Instructor of Psychology at Oregon State University's E-Campus. The novice professor began in my first year as a way to document what I learned. It’s also a reflection of my teaching philosophy. I strive to learn new techniques, tweaking my approach, and tailoring courses to fit each group of students. So, while I may someday be a seasoned teacher, I will still be a novice, the picture of the clichéd “life-long learner”.
Karly M. Schleicher
Hello! My name is Dr. Karly Schleicher. I currently work outside academia doing research for the Army. I joined The Novice Professor team as a graduate student. As I grow as an instructor, I continue to see myself as a novice in that there is always more to learn. Through my work, I hope to promote diversity in higher education and provide my students with an education that they can extend to both their careers and their day-to-day lives.
Jennifer M. Blush
My name is Jennifer Blush, but you can call me Jen. I'm an Assistant Professor of Psychology at William Peace University. 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 new research on evidenced-based teaching, so I keep learning! Hence, the novice professor -- forever learning and striving to be a better instructor.
Brian M. Day
Hello! My name is Brian Day. I'm an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Butler University. Most of my research focuses on studying perception-action processes and virtual environments. I began my teaching career while at Illinois State and continued it at Clemson. Having these teaching opportunities during my graduate career cemented the fact that I thoroughly enjoy being in the classroom and working with driven students.
Column Contributor: Tech Corner
Hi, I'm Dr. Jenel Cavazos, an Associate Professor and Master Teacher in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. As the Introductory Psychology Program Coordinator, I teach an average of 1500 students per year, supervises sections of PSY1113 taught by graduate students, and conducts a graduate mentor program for teaching. My emphasis areas include curriculum development, the implementation of technology in the classroom, and program assessment. My research focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Introductory Psychology. I have received several university teaching awards and was named a College of Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellow for 2017-18.
Column Contributor: My Favorite Things
Hi, I'm Dr. Bob DuBois, the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer in Psychology at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Currently, I teach General Psychology and Research Methods in Psychology courses. Despite a wealth of experience teaching a variety of online and on-campus courses, I value lifelong, continuous learning and is a proud novice professor. As a first-generation college graduate, I am a tireless advocate for student success. I also hosts several Facebook pages focused on sharing psychology with his learners and the world - Get Psyched with Dr. Bob, Learning to Learn with Dr. Bob, Abnormal Psychology with Dr. Bob, and Developmental Psychology with Dr. Bob) - a Facebook group - Lifelong Learning in Higher Education- and a popular twitter feed - @psychoBOBlogy.