Hi my name is Elizabeth Ballou and I am the Assistant Professor of Psychology at Prince William Sound Community College in Valdez, AK. I have my B.S in History from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT, but I am sad to say I still can not list all the presidents in order 🙁 I then received my M.S in Professional Mental Health Counseling from Central Connecticut State University and then went on to work as a mental health counselor for several years. While working as a counselor I was able to receive training on various specialties that lead me to mostly work with clients with a history of trauma, severely emotional and behavioral disturbed children, at risk families and personality disorders. I then decided to go back to school to work towards my doctorate degree. I searched for a long time for a program that I thought best fit my ideology, past degrees and work experience. I then found a program at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) and applied right away in their Psychoanalysis and Culture doctorate program. The program was everything that I wanted and more. Attending BGSP changed my life and opened my mind in ways that I never thought about. It reignited my love for education and it inspired me to want to pass that on to others. This is what moved me to become a professor and I started my new career as a psychology professor first as an adjunct now as tenured track assistant professor. This has been the greatest shift in my life and I can proudly say that I am now living my dream. I have little experience using technology in my classrooms and I am looking forward to using it more and more. I am also looking forward to using my teaching skills to learn as much as I can and then pass that on to my colleagues.
My big goal is to learn how to incorporate more technology into my classroom in a fun and creative way. Weather that be to do basic things like show videos and give power-point presentations or more complicated things such as conducting psychological and sociological experiments.
I also like the idea of learning how to scale down and have less student learning outcomes and goals that are obtainable and important and reduce or get rid of the ones that are merely fluff or that can not be measured. I feel that streamlining can be beneficial and I would like to learn more about how to do that.
Along with these very selfish goals I would also like to collaborate with my colleagues and listen to and share insight on many of issues. Sometimes just having casual conversation with others that you ordinarily may not have contact with can be inspirational. It opens your mind up to a new language/ thought structure.
Reflection (Yr 2)