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Kristin Atchison

Part-Time Instructor    
Biography

I am a part-time instructor as GSU, and have been part of the teaching faculty since 2013. I have a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences from University of Texas at Dallas. My education focused on the cognitive development of infants, as well as additional courses in statistics and research methodology. My education in cognitive development also deeply affects my teaching style. Infants and children best learn through play, and we adults are no different. I try to provide activities, often in small groups, so students can “play” with the concepts and topics discussed in class and deepen their understanding of the materials. I try to provide a strong framework for learning, but expect students to be responsible for their own education. Holding students accountable while providing them with the tools needed for learning fosters self-discipline and prepares them to be life-long learners.

Education is not a one-directional process: By expecting active participation from my students, I expect no less from myself. To effectively teach, I believe feedback from students on the clarity of presentation of materials and understanding of the topics is important. Creating situations where students can engage in discussion and feel free to ask questions creates an effective educational setting for both the student and myself as the lecturer.

I have taught across the country at University of Texas at Dallas, California State University, East Bay, University of North Georgia, as well as online courses for Nevada State College. At GSU, I have taught Introduction to General Psychology (1101), Advanced Research Design and Analysis-CTW (3530) and Developmental Psychology (4040).