Dale Grubb - Psychology
B.A., Psychology, The College of Wooster (1985)
M.A., Psychology, The Ohio State University (1988)
Ph.D., Psychology, The Ohio State University (1991)
My focus within psychology is in developmental psychology; my research tends to focus on cognitive and social development in elementary-aged children, adolescents, and young adults. Specific topics of research include the development of creativity; studying factors that influence one's satisfaction in intimate and romantic relationships; and investigating various applications of humor.
What have you learned while teaching at B-W?:
While at B-W, I have learned that teaching involves a lot of
listening. Early in my career, I developed lecturing skills, but I have since found much greater success through actively engaging students in mastery of the material in every course. This process begins by asking students what they already know, then building on this foundation.
What inspired you to get into college teaching?:
I had the good fortune of having some gifted, inspiring teachers in middle school and high school that planted the seeds of my interest in teaching, but it was in college where I had professors who made learning a truly engaging activity for me. I attended a small, liberal arts college (similar in size and mission to B-W) where asking questions and then seeking answers to them was emphasized. I wanted to continue to engage in the pursuit of answers to questions, and this, for me, is what teaching is all about.
Describe the ways in which you mentor students interested in your department:
Mentoring is really a process of guiding students through experiences that will help them achieve their goals, and introducing them to options they had not considered. To this end, I encourage students to get the most out of in-class and out-of-class opportunities afforded by our department. Research assistant experiences, internships, active participation in the Psychology Club, attendence at deparment colloquiums, taking a wide variety of psychology courses and seminars; and attending local, regional, and national conferences; all of these are excellent ways to explore what the field has to offer.
If you weren't teaching what would you be doing?:
If I wasn't teaching, I'd probably spend a lot of time lamenting that I wasn't teaching. Then, I'd try to make the PGA Tour.
What do students like best about your class?:
This is a difficult question for me to answer because I have a good time in class every day. From the students' perspectives, I suspect that they enjoy "Muffin Days" (yes, I bring in muffins at various times during the semester); they probably like the fact that toys and other objects occasionally go flying in my class; and I think they also like the fact that we laugh a lot while we learn.