Deb Esty - Psychology
B.A.; Psychology Major; The College of Wooster, 1989 M.A.: 1992; Community Counseling; Loyola University of Chicago Ph.D.; 2006 Counseling Psychology; The University of Akron
Concentration Areas at B-W: Counseling Psychology and Multicultural Psychology
Research Projects: Currently working with students on a project examining LGB persons' satisfaction with counseling related to their sexual orientation development and the counselor competency usage.
Also have research interests in eating disorder/food issues and diversity areas as well as fat prejudice.
Have been at B-W one year.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
I have learned that the students at B-W bring a variety of perspectives to the table, and that each of those perspectives can add to the classroom. I have also learned that the B-W student has an enthusiasm for both the in the classroom and the out of classroom experience that lends itself to them gaining much while here. Really, every time I teach a course, I learn something from the students and what they bring to the table.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I loved my undergraduate experience at a liberal arts college and still find that background popping up in how I see the world. I made lifelong friends and found my partner there. The professors I had while at my undergraduate institution influenced my life in major ways. Thus, I wanted to return to a liberal arts college and try to bring to others lives what had been brought to mine.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
Mentoring, to me, is a commitment both in and out of the classroom. I am excited about a student who is interested in psychology, specifically multiculturalism and counseling. Therefore, I am willing to engage them in more of a commitment by having them join research teams or meeting with me on a regular basis. Yet, I also see mentoring as learning who the students are and their interests and working on engaging them for four or more years to help them become the person they want to be while at B-W. That may mean meeting with them on a regular basis just to talk about how they are.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
Well, part of me would want to stay at home with my son and tend my garden..enjoy the earth and what it brings. Another part of me would want to be doing counseling on a full time basis.
What do students like best about your class?:
I think students like the hands-on activities that we do in all of my classes as well as the group discussions. I also think that some of them like to be challenged, knowing that they can work hard and meet the expectations that I set for them.