- Warner, D., Barnes, A., Leark, R. (2005, August). A Preliminary Analysis of Attorney Facial Expression. Paper presented at the annual convention at the American Psychological Association, Washington DC.
- Lead Psychologist, Department of Homeland Security
- American Correctional Association
- American Psychological Association
- Illinois Correctional Association
- National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: My teaching philosophy is that I believe that students do not come to class as blank slates and often bring with them preconceived notions about the field of psychology. These preconceived notions may consist of false assumptions and generalizations that might block their leaning of psychology. As an instructor it is important for me to acknowledge that students bring past experiences into the classroom, and to also provide students with a more adequate view of psychology. However, to be effective in achieving this goal I have to challenge them to think differently and lessen their fear of psychology by seeing its relevance and application in their lives. I make a connection between the textbook and daily life experiences (i.e. Why did you marry your spouse or Why does your dog come to his food dish everyday at 4:00 p.m.?).
My role as the instructor is not only as a source of knowledge, but also a source of support and resources. I am approachable and available to answer questions. My belief is that the only silly question is the one not asked. I strive to be student-focused, competent, flexible and aware of student diversity. I love to get to know my students and I believe that the learning process is collaborative. Students not only learn from me and from each other, but that I learn from them.
As I have learned through my teaching experiences, my role as a teacher shifts Throughout the learning process. I use myself as a springboard for illustration of concepts and catalyst for difficult discussions. I try to develop a safe learning environment were students are able to be honest, question their reasoning and learn to "think out of the box". I challenge my students to broaden their minds and enhance their awareness of culture, diversity and individual differences. I encourage them to apply what they have learned to their future interactions with others. It is very rewarding when students tell me that they think differently. Plus, how they have applied concepts learned in class to their lives and are better for it professionally and personally.
In the past six years, I have come to find that the three objectives I have set as an instructor apply no mater what course I am teaching, 1) to facilitate the appreciation of psychology, 2) to provide fundamental knowledge and tools applicable to student's careers and 3) to enhance self-awareness and understanding of the world around them and the uniqueness of the individuals in it. The way I crystallize these objectives is by allowing the various aspects of who I am, professionally and personally, to be used in example as I take an active role in students learning in the classroom. I provide a fun and energetic atmosphere, while emphasizing much theoretical foundation. I accomplish this through using a multi-sensory curriculum. I employ films, audio equipment, Power Point slides, smart boards, experiential exercises and case studies to make material more tangible. In addition, I have begun to incorporate the use of Blackboard and other online technologies to communicate with students and provide supplemental learning. Moreover, I make use of facilitative methods to help students formulate their ideas in the classroom and aid others in their comprehension of the material.
Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I do not believe I choose the field of psychology. I think it selected me. I can not imagine a time when I was not drawn to others, the field and the aspects of what the propeller is behind behavior and psyche. I believe everyone has a niche in life and knowing you found it is so fulfilling. Also, letting it discover you is a huge part of the fun of living and exploring your career field.
Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: To be open. It is a great environment to explore and apply techniques in their area of interest.