Teaching

Awards and Achievements

Robert S. Daniel Award for Four Year College/University Teaching, Division 2 – Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA (2006) [citation];
UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, UC Davis Foundation (1994; $25,000 award, now $45,000) [citation];
Distinguished Teaching Award, Academic Senate of the University of California (Davis Division, 2000) [citation];
Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence, University of California, Davis (Associated Students of UC Davis, 1979);
Fellow, Division 2 – Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA (1997);
Nominations, U.S. Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1997-98);
Forum on Exemplary Teaching, American Association for Higher Education (1994);
Endowed Simonton Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research bestowed annually at commencement (1995);
Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service as Psi Chi Faculty Advisor, Davis Chapter, International Honor Society in Psychology (1994);
Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honorary Society (1991);
Finalist, Distinguished Teaching Award, Davis Division of the Academic Senate, University of California (1981);
Fellowship, Danforth Foundation (1970-74).

Student Evaluations (5-Point Scale; 1987-2016; N = 91)

Course  151   175   185   204b  220  390ab
Maximum 4.90 4.90 5.00 5.00 5.00 5.00
Mean 4.76 4.79 4.85 4.75 4.80 4.82
Median 4.75 4.80 4.90 4.80 4.80 5.00
Mode 4.70 4.90 4.90 4.70 5.00
Minimum 4.70 4.50 4.40 4.20 4.60 4.20
N 8 26 28 17 3 9
N.B.: These are for the scale item “My instructor is an excellent teacher, overall” (to 2013) or “Please indicate the overall teaching effectiveness of the instructor” (from 2014 on). Online ratings began winter 2014 and are generally more than a standard deviation lower (viz. -0.209, p < .001, but SD = 0.167), thus producing the lowest minimum scores for recent courses. Excludes all undergraduate/graduate seminars with qualitative ratings.

ASUCD’s Student Viewpoint Evaluations

Course Websites

PSC Title Type Years
151 Social Psychology Upper-division undergraduate survey course 1976-1999
175 Genius, Creativity, and Leadership General Education: Social Sciences – Writing experience 1991-2015
185 History of Psychology Capstone course in undergraduate major 1989-2016
204b Causal Modeling of Correlational Data Second course in first-year graduate statistics series 1993-2009
220 History of Psychology Graduate breadth lecture-seminar 1995-2011
390ab The Teaching of Psychology Professional course for post-orals graduate students 2011-2016