Although I spent my childhood and adolescence in the sheltered small town of Mt. Carmel Illinois, my eyes were opened up to the diversity of the world when I spent a number of years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I distinctly felt cheated by my parents once I realized how limited my exposure in childhood had been. These contrasting exposures have been a motivating force for my wanting to teach in an interdisciplinary college program.
Academically, my own coursework has been concentrated in social psychology, educational psychology, and tests and measurements, with formal degrees received in 1973, 1975 and 1978 from the University of Illinois.
Here at Triton College I have taught the Introduction to Psychology (PSY100), Social Psychology (PSY201), Child Psychology (PSY216), Adolescent Psychology (PSY222), and Personality (PSY210). I have stayed in this department (the "Undergraduate Center") for twenty years because of the joy that the dynamic, creative process provides me.
The only other occupation I have been attracted to is that of the experimental researcher, but the prospects of drudgery have always existed there, so here I am.