These are the classes I have taught at Mercy College, Michigan State University, Pace University and St. Francis College. I have provided links to my past syllabi and course evaluations. :-)

 Critical Inquiry

Purpose

The objective of this course is to facilitate the mastery of the core competencies of critical reading and thinking, and information literacy. In this particular seminar for freshman students, they learn how to interrogate their views and beliefs of controversial topics, and analyze the cogency and resonance of others’ views and beliefs related to topical arguments. Through their own self-interrogations, they concentrate on their abilities, and create a solid case to substantiate what they can do. In addition, practicing the core competencies leads to discovery, curiosity and creativity that introduces new understandings, some of which may surprise the students. Students frequently practice (1) identifying main ideas, distinguishing them from supporting ideas, and drawing verifiable conclusions; (2) providing evidence for positions taken, examining the strengths/weaknesses of those positions, as crucial for building the issue's significance; and (3) analyzing and evaluating credibility of information and its sources, and applying the information to the development of a purpose. They create outlines, and write essays. Subsequently, they create their own critical analysis strategies, finding themselves using these strategies outside the classroom, and for future work.

General Psychology

Purpose

This educational psychology course reflects the psychological issues that teachers and students face in instructional environments. Instruction can occur anywhere, not only in classrooms. We examine learning and teaching situations, considering historical and contemporary theories of education and psychology, in any setting. Upon examination, we attend to cultural, socio-economic and structural (e.g. poverty, privilege and power) dynamics that are system-embedded and can affect the teacher and student in a myriad of ways. These ways include motivation and classroom management, educational views and development, individual differences (abilities), instructional approaches and assessment.

Humanistic Psychology

Purpose

This humanistic psychology course was created to introduce the ideologies, epistemologies and practices of humanistic and existential psychologists to my students and my self. We aimed to become aware of the strengths and weaknesses of humanity that propel them to nurture their own psychological development. We recognized that psychology does not only reflect the philosophy and methodology of the natural science, but that too of spiritual science. Furthermore, we sought to become open to the states that human beings respond and are shaped by internal influences, and that construction of realities can be multi-dimensional and predominantly contextual. The life experience set forth by the human being is one of the highest dignity and fails to replicate to the experience of another due to the complexity, uniqueness and illogicality.

Quarterly Quote

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously." ~ Alan Rickman

"We categorized, labeled, and measured ourselves and then made a niche to match. The niche became our boundary, so that our aim became filling niches instead of fulfilling our lives." ~ Virgina Satir