Cynthia Porter Rickert, PhD
Associate Professor of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Ivy Tech Community College, Ind.
Honors and Organizational Positions:
- Member, Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges
- Member, APA's Div. 35 (Society for the Psychology of Women)
- Member, Academic Standards, Division of Social Sciences, Dominican College of Blauvelt, N.Y.
- Member, Academic Assessment, Division of Social Sciences, Dominican College of Blauvelt, N.Y.
- Member, Service Learning, Division of Social Sciences, Dominican College of Blauvelt, N.Y.
- Lead Advisor, Phi Theta Kappa, chapter Alpha Upsilon Tau, Ind.
- Co-chair, Tuning Multi-state Initiate, Midwestern Higher Education Commission and the Lumina Foundation
- Chancellor’s Value Award for Excellence in Teaching, Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis, Ind.
- Horizon Award presented by Phi Theta Kappa at the Regional Conference of Phi Theta Conference, Sellerburg, Ind.
- The Cynthia Porter Rickert Award established for excellence in Debate Judging, N.Y.
This is my fourth year at Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis. It is the first position I have had at a community college. I have been trying to find my way back into APA because I miss being a member in my professional organization. I have just become aware of the membership level for community college teachers. My interest in serving on this committee stems from my work with Tuning through the Lumina Foundation and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. I was part of a multi-state project whose mission was to tune the discipline of psychology by articulating what a student knows and is able to do in a given discipline at the point of degree. We developed a list of competencies and student learning outcomes that reflect a student’s skill set, background knowledge, vetted our project to stakeholders and employers, and examined career maps and pathways.
As a faculty member at my two-year institution, I have often felt isolated. I want to put more effort into the teaching of psychology at the two-year level by changing how psychology is perceived at the two-year level, communicating with faculty at other two-year institutions, and ensuring the same quality of standard across psychology courses regardless of institution. Teachers look to their local, state and national professional organizations for support, best practices and constant feedback. Being a part of the support system on a national level would be a welcomed challenge for me. I enjoy being on committees in which each member believes in the mission of the charge. I work well with others, think creatively and critically, and have energy to spare.
Please consider my self-nomination as a solid commitment of my willingness to serve on this committee.
PT@CC Committee will elect two new members. Balloting period: Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 2013.