Kris Leppien-Christensen, PhD
- Professor of Psychology, Saddleback College, Calif.
- Curriculum Chair, Saddleback College, Calif.
- President, Psi Beta (National Honor Society in Psychology for Community Colleges)
Honors and Organizational Positions:
- Member, American Psychological Association
- Lifetime Member, Psi Beta National Honor Psychology
- Lifetime Member, Psi Chi National Honor Society
- Member, Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges
- Member, APA's Div. 2 (Society for the Teaching of Psychology)
- Member, Western Psychological Association
- Council of Representatives, Western Psychological Association
- Gerald Bush Scholarship for “Out of the Box” Solutions for Current Social Problems
- Educator Recognition Award, University of California, Irvine
- Professor of the Year, Saddleback College
- Academic Leadership Award, Saddleback College
- Employee Recognition Award (County of San Diego)
- Presidential Service Award, California State University, San Marcos
I am humbled that my colleagues and several PT@CC members have encouraged me to run for election to the PT@CC Committee. As the outgoing president of Psi Beta — the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community Colleges, and as a tenured professor of psychology at Saddleback College, I have a great appreciation for the work that we do inspiring students entering our field and teaching them about the science of psychology.
As many of you are aware, I am not new to PT@CC as I have been a member for several years and have also presented on behalf of PT@CC at the Western Psychological Convention in 2009. In addition, I chaired the joint PT@CC/Psi Beta Awards Ceremony and Reception at APA's Annual Convention in 2012. Thus, I have a long working relationship with PT@CC and have worked with many of the committee members in the past and look forward to continuing this effort in the future.
Like most of you, I have a passion for teaching and appreciate PT@CC’s efforts at supporting those of us who teach at community colleges, which is why I have been actively providing service to the discipline at the local, regional and national level. This service has culminated in three presentations and serving as chair for two sessions at the regional level this year and chairing one session and presenting at another at APA's convention in Honolulu.
I have also been fortunate as president of Psi Beta to work with Phil Zimbardo and his Heroic Imagination Project (HIP). Using HIP materials for a national service project for Psi Beta, we are introducing the discipline of psychology to junior high and high school students who might not yet be familiar with the discipline. More importantly, though, the program shows promise in promoting prosocial behaviors and informing individuals about those phenomena, such as the bystander effect and stereotype threat, that they are largely unaware. Equally important, the program provides an easy to implement service-learning project for faculty at the community college level, which is an important time saver given the large teaching loads that most of us carry.
I would appreciate your vote for committee membership to PT@CC as a means of continuing service to our discipline.
PT@CC Committee will elect two new members. Balloting period: Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 2013.