Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Carnegie Hall 203
Phone: (618) 537-6580
Psy.D., Indiana State University (1996)
Adolescent Sexual Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge: A Comparison of Teenage Parents and Their Nonparent Peers
B.A., McKendree College (1988)
A.A., Belleville Area College (1986)
2009 - Technos International Week, Tokyo Japan
2006 - Psi Chi Honor Society
2005 - Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
2005 - Phi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences
2005 - Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society of McKendree College
2003 - Norman Grandy Faculty Award – Outstanding Professor of the Year, McKendree College
1996 - Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers
1994 - Indiana Council for Continuing Education Student of the Year
1994 - Education Excellence Award in College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana State University
1990 - Psi Chi, Indiana State University
1989 - Imogene Okes Award, Indiana State University
1988 - Summa Cum Laude, McKendree College Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
1986 - Phi Theta Kappa, Belleville Area College
Historical Academic Milestones
2006 - First African American (female) tenured professor – McKendree University
1996 - First African American (female) Doctor of Psychology – Indiana State University
Research - Grants
Summer 2007 - Assimilating and Accommodating Student Teacher’s Cognitive Structure to Facilitate Teaching in High-Need Schools. $10,000 Grant Funded by Associated Colleges ofIllinois.
From Dreams to Reality, the Making of Queens: Implementing an Academic and Social program to Increase Retention and Reduce Teen Pregnancy. Partially funded by Associated Colleges of Illinois.
Preparing Teachers to Become Culturally Competent: An Exploration of Racial Identity Development. $11,000 Grant funded by Associated Colleges of Illinois.
Fall 2010 Action Research Project - Implementation of a Degree Completion Program on African American Students at a
Fall 2009 - The Practical utilization of Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development and Bruner’s scaffolding: a Longitudinal focus at the Seventh Annual Conference of the Worldwide Forum. Worlwide Forum Journal. www.regent.edu/acad/schcom/faculty/swaffield/2008Proceeding.pdf. p. 250.
Fall 2008 - Book chapter: Leading Beyond Borders: Preparing the Next Generation of Higher Education Leaders in Education Landscapes in the 21st Century: Cross-cultural Challenges and Multi-disciplinary Perspectives. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Fall 2008 - Preparing teacher candidate to become culturally competent: an Exploration of racial identity development online Journal for Success.
Present - Working on Books: Adventures of Rory the Lion and Moving From Classroom Management to Co-Management.
Spring 2013 - Classroom Management. Decatur Public School District #69. Decatur, IL
Spring 2013 - The Practical Utilization of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and Brunner’s Scaffolding to Enhance Student Learning. 35th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology Conference. St. Petersburg Beach, FL
Spring 2012 - Accepted invitation as a panelist at the University of Oxford - Oxford, Englandon Childhood Education, March 11 – March 15, 2012
Spring 2012 - Classroom Management I.Decatur Public School District #69. Decatur, IL
Spring 2012 - Bullying, What Do We Do.Decatur Public School District #69. Decatur, IL
Fall 2011 - The Simplicity of Writing Effectively. Cahokia School District #187. Fairview Heights, IL.
Fall 2011 - Big Hat Brunch. Guest Speaker. Church of the Living God. East St. Louis, IL.
Summer 2011 - Classroom Management I – VI. Cahokia School District #187. Fairview Heights, IL.
Spring 2011 - Teaching Civility: Classroom Management. 22nd TASS Conference. Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Spring 2011 - Teaching Civility: Classroom Management.Connections Conference 2011 (Project at Illinois StateUniversity). St. Charles, IL.
Spring 2011 - Classroom Management V: Application of Differentiated Instruction and RtI. Fairview Heights, IL.
Spring 2011 - Classroom Management IV: Analysis & Evaluation. Fairview Heights, IL.
Fall 2010 - Big Hat Brunch. Guest Speaker. Church of the Living God. East St. Louis, IL.
Fall 2010 - Real Women Read. Lincoln Middle School. East. St. Louis, IL.
Fall 2010 - Classroom Management: Differentiated Instruction (Conference- Cahokia School District 187, East St. Louis School District 189). JLK Professional Development, Fairview Heights, IL.
Spring 2010 - Teacher Competence. Connections Conference 2010 (Project at Illinois State University). St. Charles, IL.
Spring 2010 - Understanding Childhood Disorders: Effective Research Based Teaching Strategies (Conference-Cahokia School District 187, East St. Louis School District 189, Belleville District 119). JLK Professional Development. Fairview Heights, IL.
Spring 2010 - Classroom Management (Conference-Cahokia School District 187, East St. Louis School District 189, Signal Hill School District 181).JLK Professional Development. Fairview Heights, IL
Fall 2009 - Understanding Diversity (Workshop-Signal Hill School District). JLK Professional Development. Fairview Heights, IL
Fall 2009 - Appreciating Differences: Practical Strategies to Deal Effectively with Disruptive Classroom Behaviors. St. Clair County Regional Office of Education. Belleville, IL.
Fall 2009 - Wonderful Old Ideas: Applying Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and Bruner’s Scaffolding to Enhance Student Learning. St. Louis, MO
Fall 2009 - Brown Bag. Greetings from Tokyo. McK Review. Tokyo, Japan
Summer 2009 - Eating Disorders and Japanese Females: A Brief Literature Review. Technos College,Tokyo, Japan.
Spring 2009 - The History of the African American Education Struggles: From Slavery to Now. East St. Louis, Senior High School, East St. Louis, IL.
Spring 2009 - Diversity: Understanding Self and Others. Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN.
Spring 2009 - Art of Diversity Discussion: an Interactive Approach. Associated Colleges of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Spring 2009 - Working with and Understanding the Oppositional and Defiant Student. Little Rock Public Schools, Little Rock, AK
Spring 2009 - African American Educational Struggles: From Slavery to Now. Greater Mt. Olive M.B., Lebanon, IL
Fall 2008 - Critical Thinking. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Centreville, IL.
Fall 2008 - The Practical Utilization of Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development and Bruner’s scaffolding: a Longitudinal focus at the Seventh Annual Conference of the Worldwide Forum. Rome, Italy (December 4-5, 2008).
Fall 2007 - From Dreams to Reality, the Making of Queens: Implementing an Academic and Social program to Increase Retention and Reduce Teen Pregnancy. AssociatedColleges of Illinois Conference. Chicago, IL
Fall 2007 - Preparing teacher candidate to become culturally competent: an Exploration of racial identity development.Associated Colleges of Illinois Conference. Chicago, IL
Fall 2006 - Leading beyond boarders: Preparing the next generation of higher education leaders. Fifth Annual Conference of the Worldwide Forum, Rome, Italy sponsored by Regent University.
Summer 2006 - Impact of Communication Styles on Relationships. Chicago District of C.M.E. Church District Training Session. Chicago, IL
Spring 2006 - Enhancing student learning by accommodating your pedagogical style: a Vygotskian Approach at the 16th Annual Teaching Academic Survival Skills conference, West Palm Beach, FL (March 5-8, 2006) sponsored by the University of Cincinnati
Summer 2005 - Enhancing student learning by accommodating you pedagogical style: a Vygotskianapproach (classroom research). 12th International LearningConference, Granada, Spain.
Spring 2005 - Enhancing student learning by accommodatingyour pedagogical style: a Vygotskian approach(classroom research). 27th National Teaching onPsychology Conference, St. Petersburg, FL
Fall 2004 - Enhancing Student Learning (diversity workshop). Social Sciences Department at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
Summer 2004 - Cultural Competence Training. St. Clair VocationalEnterprises, Inc. Belleville, IL
Fall 2002 - Getting to the Point: Train the Mentor. Epilepsy Foundation of Southwestern Illinois. One-day workshop,Belleville, IL
Fall 2002 - Reciprocal Learning: Assessing the interconnections of diversity, student learning, and teaching. AAC&U Conference on Faculty Work and Student Learning, Indianapolis, IN. Three hour pre-conference workshop
Fall 2002 - Reciprocal Learning: Assessing the interconnections of diversity, student learning, and teaching. AAC&U Conference on Diversity & Learning, St. Louis, MOOne hour session
Summer 2002 - Improving Community Relations: Understanding Diversity. McKendree’s Safety and Security Department and Lebanon Police Department (2 day workshop)
Spring 2002 - Psychology, Religion, and Race. Associated College of Illinois. East St. Louis Senior High School StudentsTwo Hour Workshop, McKendree College
Spring 2002 - Valuing diversity in student learning through classroom assessment. American Association of Higher Education 2002 National Conference, Chicago, ILThree hour, pre-conference workshop
Spring 2002 - Integrating diversity into the classroom: Teaching from a cross cultural perspective. National Conference on Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersburg, FL.
Fall 2001 - Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Women’s Health Retreat. Generations. Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN
Fall 2001 - Understanding Diversity when Choosing Board Members. Board Retreat for the Mental Health Coalition. Terre Haute, IN
Fall 2001 - Racism . . . and So What. Brown Bag. McKendree College, Lebanon, IL
Summer 2001 - Beyond Awareness: Diversity Concerns. Department of Psychiatry, University of Arkansas. Little Rock, AK
Summer 2001 - Assessment Issue with People of Color II. Psychology in the Community. Little Rock, AR
Summer 2001 - Dealing Effectively with Grief. Bemis Company, Inc. Terre Haute, IN
Summer 2001 - Steps Toward Understanding Self: Bemis Company, Inc. Terre Haute, IN
Spring 2001 - Assessment Issues with People of Color. Psychology in the Community. Little Rock, AR
Spring 2001 - Dealing Effectively with Your Clients. Psychology in the Community. Little Rock, AR
Spring 2001 - Steps Toward Understanding Self: Diversity Training. Bemis Company, Inc. Terre Haute, IN
Fall 2000 - Steps Toward Understanding Self: Diversity Training. Bemis Company, Inc. Terre Haute, IN (Begin training 70 employees over a seven-month span)
Fall 2000 - Managing Stress: What TYPE of Woman are you, “A”, “B”, or “E”. A Woman’s Health Retreat. Generations. Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN
Fall 2012 - Moderator of Panel of Authors at the Jewish Book Festival, St. Louis, Missouri.
Spring 2010 - Annual African American Student Leadership Conference. Holly Spring, MS
Spring 2009 - 36th Annual Undergraduate Psychology Conference (ILLOWA 2009). Knox College, Galesburg, IL.
Spring 2009 - Annual African American Student Leadership Conference. Holly Spring, MS
Spring 2009 - Seventh Annual Hawaiian International Conference on Education. Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fall 2009 - The National Conference for Community and Justice of Metropolitan St. Louis. St. Louis, MO
Summer 2008 - Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association. Boston, MA.
Fall 2005 - Associate Editor for International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, 2005
Fall 2005 - Submitted article Enhancing student learning by accommodating your pedagogical style: a Vygotskian Approach to the International Journal of Learning (in peer review)
Summer 2004 - Conference on Brain Based LearningLake Junaluska, NC
Spring 2004 - Ninth Annual Student Leadership Conference, Holly Springs, MS. Took eight students to this conference
Spring 2002 - Illinois Compact Sponsored Conference on Service Learning, Chicago, ILTook 14 students to conference to enhance their professional development. For many this conference was a first.
Spring 2002 - Eighth Annual Student Leadership Conference, Holly Springs, MSSupervised six African American students who attended this conference and gave a power point presentation at a Brown Bag session on January 31, 2002, McK
Fall 2001 - Two-year appointee of Academic Affairs Committee. McKendree College. Lebanon, IL
Fall 2001 - Member of Minority Affairs Committee. McKendree College. Lebanon, IL
Summer 2001 - Member of Search Committee for Vice President of Enrollment Services and Admission, McK
Summer 2001 - Enhancing Our Capacity to Serve: Leadership for the Common Good. Institute of Higher Education, United Methodist Church. Nashville, TN
Summer 2001 - Partnership in Action Institute, Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Spring 2001 - Bridging Academic Achievement and Community Service. St. Louis, MO
Spring 2001 - 20th Annual National Conference on the First Year Experience, Houston, TX
Spring 2001 - Seventh National African American Student Leadership Conference, Rust College, Holly Spring, MS
Fall 2000 - Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Miami University, Oxford, OH
Fall 2000 - AAC & U: Diversity & Learning, Pittsburgh, PA
Spring 2013 - Dr. Linda Hoffman and I developed and implemented a Study Abroad class: London and Paris. We are scheduled to take nine (9) students May 20, 2013 on an eight-day educational tour of London and Paris.
Spring 2009 - Sabbatical
Fall 2006 - Tenured: Associate Professor of Psychology, McKendree University
Fall 2005 - Asst. Professor of Psychology, McKendree College, Graduate Faculty
2000 - Asst. Professor of Psychology, McKendree College, Lebanon, IL
1997- 2000 - Provisional Graduate Faculty, Indiana State University, Counseling Department, Terre Haute, IN
Fall 1997-Spring - Graduate Lecturer, Indiana State University
Fall 1998 - Undergraduate Lecturer, Indiana Department of Corrections, Terre Haute, IN
Fall 1995-Spring 1998 - Graduate Lecturer, Indiana State University
Fall 1994-Spring 1995 - Undergraduate Lecturer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
Fall 1993 - Distance Education Lecturer, Indiana Vocational Technical College, Telecommunication Course (IHETS)
Fall 1991-Spring 1993 - Undergraduate Lecturer, Indiana State University
Fall 1988-Spring 1991 - Teaching Assistant, Indiana State University
During my tenure at McK, I have participated in the following on-campus services which have added to my understanding of what it takes to become a well-rounded, effective professor:
Academic Affairs (2 yrs.)
Minority Affairs Committee (2 yrs.)
Associated College of Illinois (college prep program –Brent Reeves)
Steering Committee for Service Learning
Search Committee for Vice President of Enrollment Services and Admission
Search Committee for Psychology Professor, Chair (hired Dr. Linda Hoffman)
Advisor to student organization - McKendree Sisters United (4 yrs.)
Advisor to student organization - Pi Gamma Mu
First Year Experience (3 yrs.)
Student Affairs (2 yrs.)
Student Conduct (2 yrs.)
Faculty Development (2 yrs.)
Institutional Review Board (2 yrs.) (Chair for one year)
NCATE (1 yr.)
Council on Teacher Education (1 yr.)
Technology Advisory Committee (1 yr.)
Admissions Committee (2011 – present)
Alternate Faculty Grievance Hearing Committee
Technos/Tanaka Nomination Committee (3 yrs.)
Study Abroad Committee (2 yrs.)
Council on Teacher Education (2012 – present)
SLATE Sub-Committee (Responsibility – 2 yrs.)
Psychology Review Committee (Chair, 2013)
Faculty Evaluation Committee (Chair, 2012 - Present)
Vice President of Board of Epilepsy Foundation of Southwestern Illinois (Fall 2011)
President of Board of Epilepsy Foundation of Southwestern Illinois Belleville, IL (2004 to Spring 2011)
Member of Board of Epilepsy Foundation of Southwestern Illinois, Belleville, Il (present)