Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Sabbatical at Faculty Forum

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.

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 Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, associate professor of psychology