Psychology Professor to Speak at Faires Faculty Forum

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dr. Sandra Webster, Westminster College professor of psychology, will speak on "Juggling Metacognition" or "A Series of Unfortunate Research Events" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Webster will share experiences during her sabbatical, which did not go entirely as planned.  While the focus was on teaching, learning, and metacognition (how people think about their thinking), a last-minute cancellation provided Webster the opportunity to be part of a mission team to Cebu, Philippines, where she applied what she'd learned about metacognition to observation and teaching.  She will also report on her experiments on statistics learning and gamifying quizzes using metacognitive theory.

Webster, who has been with Westminster since1983, earned undergraduate and master's degrees and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

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/or scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

Contact Webster at (724) 946-7359 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Sandra Webster (r) with director of a school in Cebu City


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