Palm Beach Atlantic University's Psi Chi Faculty Member of the Year Award, 2006
Palm Beach Atlantic University Faculty Research Grants, 2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005
Integration of Christianity & Psychology
Research practicum in Psychology
Applied Learning Theory
Psychological Assessment and Testing
Social Psychology (Regent University Clinical Psy.D. program)
Positive Psychology, Self, Social Cognition
The most important part of teaching is knowing who you are teaching. As a Christian educator I have a tremendous advantage over non-Christians because I can draw upon Scripture and other aspects of our faith traditions to inform me of the person or people in front of me, my students. Psychology is typically defined as the study of behavior and mental processes, but more broadly is the study of the person. A Christian understanding of the person, a theological anthropology, is the beginning of teaching well in psychology.
First, a theological anthropology helps to define the human person. This brings light to the field of psychology that would not be present otherwise. Fundamental truths about people, such as their undeniable social nature and ability to act virtuously, present an understanding of the person that is in stark contrast to a secular view of the person. That is, the human person looks very different when a theological anthropology is the starting point than when it is not.
A theological anthropology also helps with the instruction of psychology. The recognition that students are more than complex stimulus-response organisms provides an understanding that students need relational aspects embedded within their educational experiences. The more holistically students are taught, the more fully formed they will become. Therefore it is important to relate well to students and endeavor to help them to relate well to others during their studies. Numerous other benefits emerge from a strong theological anthropology such as answering key questions about purpose, meaning, identity and motivation. Understanding each of these from a Christian perspective allows one to become a more robust and effective instructor.
My family moved around quite a bit as I was growing up. We lived in Florida twice, Georgia, Texas and Tennessee. I lived in Knoxville during my most formative years and even developed into a bit of a Volunteer fan. Basketball was a major part of my life and the associated experiences were the greatest influences for my academic life and my understanding of people.
Family has always been important to me and now my wife and two children are the center of all I do. When not around the house with them, I still enjoy playing basketball and watching basketball and football. Of course, I also enjoy reading and writing about the psychological and theological implications of spiritual and personal development.