Jennifer Perry - Psychology
I earned a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oklahoma. At B-W, I teach courses in Cognitive Psychology, Principles of Psychology, History and Systems, and Research Methods.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned that everyone brings different life and work experiences to the classroom. I have also learned how important it is to listen carefully to my students to help students define and reach goals that they have set for themselves. Finally, my students have demonstrated often how it is possible to persevere even when the challenges seem overwhelming. This is a life lesson that has been inspirational!
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
In graduate school, I found that I love the process of breaking down difficult information and helping others understand it. Helping students to succeed in learning tough material is very rewarding. I also found that I enjoyed getting to know my students on a personal level; finding out about their interests, goals, and dreams.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
I try to help students meet their own goals, whatever they might be. We begin by discussing the student’s goals, and then work together to develop plans for achieving them. I really value this one-on-one interaction, and enjoy working as a team with my students.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
I love animals of all kinds, so I might work with animals in a shelter or as a veterinarian.
What do students like best about your class?:
I try to make sure that my students really get to know one another, which helps them to feel comfortable participating in discussions, asking questions, and giving their opinions in class. I’ve found that comments and questions stemming from students’ work and life experiences can help to bring “academic” topics to life, and often leave students thinking about issues long after the class ends – and this is what “lifelong learning” is all about!