Considering a Research Assistantship, Teaching Assistantship, or Internship? Check Out the Department Want Ads

If you’re interested in research or teaching assistantships, internships, or even volunteer work, you should check out the Human Development and Psychology Want Ads, a website where faculty can post these opportunities. This is a particularly good time to look because most faculty members are looking for their spring semester assistants right now. Keep in mind that not all professors will post openings on the website, so if you don’t see someone listed, you may want to visit the faculty links on the Human Development and Psychology websites, see if that person indicates whether or not he or she usually works with RAs or TAs, and then e-mail the individual to express your interest.

 Visit the Want Ads today! 

 Don’t forget, though, that these are just internal positions, and that the Phoenix Recruitment Online (PRO) System through Career Services is where your job search should start. We also have very few internal internship positions. Your internship search might also involve PRO and the list of some of our past internships, but it should begin by making sure you meet pre-requisites and by talking with a faculty member and reviewing the internship policy.

Study the Experience of Childhood in Jordan this Summer

Prof. Jill White invites you to travel with her to Jordan this summer and learn more about how children develop in this Middle Eastern context. Students will have the opportunity to learn the ethnographic method by conducting participant observation and interviewing, and will come to appreciate the diversity within Jordan by reading about and meeting Christians and Muslims, wealthy and poor, and urban and rural Jordanians. Visits to World Heritage historical sites are on the agenda as well. This is a 3 credit Human Development class that can be used to fulfill your World Culture General Education requirement. Want to know more? Read this account from a student who participated in the travel course in a previous year.  Prof. White is eager to answer your questions, so feel free to contact her to learn more!

Study Family Development In London This Summer

This summer Prof. Denise Bartell, as well as Humanistic Studies Profs. Caroline Boswell and Christopher Martin, will offer a 3 week travel course to London. The course will examine the development of the family in London from an interdisciplinary perspective that draws from the fields of history, human development, philosophy, and the humanities. We will explore how practices of courtship, the making of marriage, parental duties and responsibilities, and the experience of childhood both influenced social, religious, cultural and political transformations in modern London, but also how these transformations affected family life. Students will also, through a series of excursions and directed free-time, experience and critically reflect upon contemporary life in London. This 3 credit Human Development course can be used to fulfill your World Culture General Education requirement, and is a wonderful opportunity to travel to one of the most exciting cities in the world and take a uniquely interdisciplinary course on the family. We plan to hold at least one informational session about the travel course in November, but if you have questions about the course before then please contact Profs. Bartell, Boswell, or Martin or the Office of International Education.

Faculty Reflections: Best Non-Major Class

As advisors, we often hear students say things like, “I’m all done with the classes for my major; what classes should I take next?”

If you find yourself in this situation, there are actually many different options. Some students look into research or teaching assistantships, internships, or honors projects. Other students consider picking up a minor or taking extra classes for their major.

One option not enough students seem to consider is simply taking courses that are personally interesting to them. It is too bad because college is a great opportunity to try out new things and learn about topics you wouldn’t normally get a chance to learn about. Plus, those classes might end up being some of the most influential experiences you have.

In that spirit, we asked some faculty to describe a class that took that wasn’t a requirement of their major, yet had a significant impact on their personal or professional life. Here’s what they had to say.

Dr. Wilson-Doenges: I loved the class “The American Novel” which I took as a Humanities Gen Ed requirement my sophomore year at Boston University. I never read so much in one semester in my life, but that class ignited a passion for reading for fun that I have carried with me ever since. One of the books we read in that class, Winesburg, Ohio, sparked my interest in suburbia that charted a course for my future research interests in environmental psychology. Great class, great teacher, great books!

Dr. Jill White: I took a Physics class – Physics for non-Science majors – that utterly changed how I see things. Even though it was supposed to be stripped of math (it wasn’t), and geared toward those of us who hadn’t taken all the hard science pre-reqs, it was still very challenging. But it was SO WORTH IT. The class gave me a view of our universe that I would never have had without it. After every single class, I would walk around in a kind of daze, thinking “Wow, this place we live in is amazing!” And it gave me the ability to talk to people at parties about everything from quantum mechanics to electricity. I could also read newspaper and magazine articles about new space and/or particle findings without them being too far over my head. The funny thing was how much I found that the stuff I was learning in Physics mapped on, or helped me understand what I was learning in the religion class I was also taking that semester. Call it the “semester that blew my mind”.

Dr. Kate Burns: I had many non-psychology classes in college that I enjoyed so it’s hard to narrow it down to one. One course that I still think about today is “Philosophy of Science”. The class really pushed me to think about what science was and how this definition has changed over time. The professor was great and I fell in love with Thomas Kuhn. I still have one of the books from this class in my office (it’s by Kuhn, of course).