Michael Dwyer - Psychology
Syracuse University. Teaching Expertise: Cognitive, Abnormal, Personality, Adult Adaptation, Adolescent, Family Dynamics
Scholarly interests: gression intervention, Family therapy in school settings, Treatment program evaluation
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I learned that loyalty to the place--Baldwin-Wallace College—means loyalty to the values of our school and complete commitment to the developing lives of our students. I also learned that my students define me. Sharing ideas with a wall does not a professor make. Students are the necessary ingredient in the process of creating a professor.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
While I love ideas, I love the sharing of ideas more. My heroes are all the journeyers, those who enjoy the questions and who seek truths that engender even more questions. The students I most admire are not the ones with the highest grades, but those with the greatest curiosity.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
First, I try to set up a trusting and respectful relationship between myself and the student(s). This is the setting in which students are most motivated to learn. I see them as persons deserving of my support and then I see them as learners. Intellectual curiosity, the courage to journey, and willingness to go beyond ones comfort zone to be a force in the world, are part of the personalities of students who feel truly cared for.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I would be tramping in the desert or the mountains—I love both settings equally—taking pictures of snakes, birds, and butterflies. I am a naturalist by hobby. I believe I gain greater understanding of human nature by applying what I discover in the forests and sage covered dunes. I think also, that I would pay more attention to developing mental and physical health services for underserved members of our society, especially the isolated Native American populations.
What do students like best about your class?:
That I take so much joy in their struggling with the questions. Students for the most part are interesting and evolving people whose lives, if one takes the time to look into them, are filled with fascinating stories. At times they make me laugh, and, at times, make me cry. I think they like my authenticity and, most of all, like it that I share my joy of learning.