Linda Dunlap is a Professor of Psychology in Marist’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She teaches Child Development, Measurement and Evaluation, and Personality Development. Dr. Dunlap is also the Vice Chair and board member of the Child Care Council of Dutchess County.
With a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, did you always know that you wanted to teach psychology? How did you become involved in it?
After taking a child development course in college, I was hooked on psychology and my interest in focusing on child development was made clear. I had some very good psychology teachers and felt it was a field that would be right for me.
Which classes do you teach at Marist?
I teach Child Development and a First Year Seminar: Childhood Around the World. I also teach three fully online courses (Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, and a graduate Educational Measurement course). Any course that focuses on children I want to teach. I work really hard to help ensure a very meaningful learning experience for my students.
What do you enjoy the most about teaching students about these topics?
Children are everywhere! Everyone knows someone with children or will know someone with children. The relevance of the course is clear! It does take the whole of society to help protect and raise children. I think we can learn things that can help improve the lives of children. This is very important to me and really should be important for everyone.
Why did you decide to teach at Marist?
I am very focused on serving the community. I liked the Marist mission. Somehow my choice to choose Marist after Marist chose me felt right. I went on faith that I was making the right choice.
When it comes to your underclassmen students, how do you get them engaged and excited?
I try to get them to note that they are more in charge of their own learning, as compared to high school. I challenge them to come get help when they need help, to study more than they are used to studying, and to talk, whether they are shy or not. I try to ensure a safe environment so they will be comfortable participating. I get them excited by knowing my subject matter really well, by adding lots of material beyond textbook readings, and by being excited myself.
For your juniors and seniors, how do you try to relate your subjects to real-world material?I constantly tie concepts to real life events. All assignments require my students to do this as well. I ask for questions and comments during class and for students to provide real life examples.
Do you help your students with any internships and career advice?
I discuss their educational path the first time I meet those I advise. We talk about the value of fieldwork and the variety of options available in psychology and I provide resources for them to learn more. I write many letters of recommendation for jobs and graduate school.
What is your favorite classroom moment?
I love it that most days most students leave and say thank you as they are leaving. I love that their faces "light up" when we see each other outside of class and that they invite me to events they are involved in.
What is one thing about yourself that you would like students to know?
I love teaching. I love Marist students. I have to work hard to be successful, but my job at Marist makes the work worth it. I am willing to work with students to help ensure their success.
Written by Adriana Belmonte '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Faculty
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York