Nesa E. Wasarhaley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology


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Teaching Philosophy

I strive to help my students develop their curiosity and analytical skills, learn to think critically and independently, and clearly communicate their ideas. As such, in all my courses I aim to create a classroom environment that promotes scientific thinking, encourages students to consider broader applications of the course content, and cultivates students' personal development.

Current Courses at BSU

PSYC 150 - Orientation to the Psychology Major
PSYC 310 - Social Psychology

Previous Courses (Primary Instructor)

Introductory Psychology, Bridgewater State University
Honors Colloquium: Psychological Perspectives on Social Inequality, Bridgewater State University
Honors First-Year Seminar: Psychology, Inequality, and Justice, Bridgewater State University
Honors in Action Colloquium: Root Causes of Inequality - Psychological Perspectives, Bridgewater State University
Social Psychology Online, Bridgewater State University
Special Topic: Social Psychology of (In)Justice, Bridgewater State University
Orientation to the Psychology Major, Bridgewater State University
Psychology and Law, Transylvania University
Social Psychology, Transylvania University
General Psychology, Transylvania University
Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence, Transylvania University
Introduction to Psychology, University of Kentucky
Motivation and Emotion, Centre College

Other Teaching Experience (Teaching Assistant)

Applications of Statistics in Psychology, University of Kentucky
Cognitive Processes, University of Kentucky
Processes of Psychological Development, University of Kentucky
Statistics in Psychological Research, Hamilton College

Scholarship of Teaching Publications

Wasarhaley, N. E. (2021, August). Embedding research in psychology courses: A CURE for access disparities? Teaching in Psychology and Law column, American Psychology-Law Society e-newsletter.

Golding, J. M., Kraemer, B., Wasarhaley, N. E., & Malik, S. (2018). Using Facebook to enhance the college classroom experience. In J. M. Golding, K. Kern, & C. Rawn (Eds.), Strategies for teaching large classes effectively in higher education. United States: Cognella, Inc.

Golding, J. M., Wasarhaley, N. E., & Fletcher, B. (2012). The use of flashcards in an introduction to psychology class. Teaching of Psychology, 39(3), 199-202. doi:10.1177/0098628312450436

Published Teaching Materials

Malik, S. E., Salomon, I., Elsey, T., Wasarhaley, N. E., Yozwiak, J., & Golding, J. M. (2018). In the lab: Psychology research. Ann Arbor, MI: XanEdu.

Golding, J. M., Wasarhaley, N. E., Simcic, T., Godlaski, A. J., Hodell, E. C., & Yozwiak, J. A. (2010). Experiencing psychological science. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky.

Teaching Awards

3/2020 - Dr. W. was presented with the the Early Career Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award at the American Psychology-Law Society's annual conference in New Orleans, LA.

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2018 - Dr. W., along with colleagues Dr. Colby King and Dr. Teresa King, was awarded the Teaching Resource Prize by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

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