The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
The process of evaluating information never ceases. Eric Page , Psychology Instructor , The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
I knew psychology and higher education aligned with my career interests once I completed my first undergraduate psychology course. I was enthralled by psychology and committed to the discipline.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?
Understanding human behavior is an innate part of our daily lives. But we tend to not actively think about this topic. My goal is to demonstrate the benefits of studying human behavior to improve our lives and society through applied examples.
What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?
Any assignment that requires students to conduct their own research, evaluate the credibility of information, and express an informed opinion with source support best exemplifies my approach to teaching and mentoring. This skill stretches far beyond the confines of psychology, and applies to all domains of life.
How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?
Collaboration is the cornerstone of a meaningful class discussion. By intellectually engaging with each other and challenging our thoughts and assumptions, we’re all able to walk away with new perspectives.
What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?
Be skeptical. Instead of unquestioningly accepting information or conclusions from a peer, politician, pundit, etc., think about what research and sources back up their statements. The process of evaluating information never ceases.