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Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Sabbatical at Faculty Forum

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, Westminster associate professor of psychology, will present "A Big Bang Sabbatical" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

McMinn's presentation will offer reflections on his "two" sabbaticals: the one planned, and the one that transpired. He will discuss a research collaboration on the teaching of psychology, and explain a second research collaboration on factors related to the effectiveness of diversity training in organizations. Additionally, McMinn will also reflect on the challenges of teaching and researching in a learning environment disrupted by 150 bomb threats, along with the lessons learned about student anxiety and relentless tenacity.

McMinn joined the Westminster faculty in 2003.  He earned a bachelor's degree in English and psychology at Emory & Henry College, and master's and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.  His training is in group processes and dynamics.  Currently McMinn's research focuses on team self-correction and organizational diversity.

The Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as dean of the college and vice president for academic affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Podcasts of the forums are available here.

Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or email for additional information.

Contact Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, faculty development officer, at (724) 946-7189 for more information on the Faires Faculty Forum or click here.

Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, associate professor of psychology