Helen K. Taylor, PhD
Psychology Faculty Member, Social Science Division, Bellevue College, Wahs.
Adjunct Faculty Member, Eastern Washington University, branch campus in Bellevue, Wash.
Honors and Organizational Positions:
- Member, Bellevue College Institutional Review Board (IRB)
- Member, Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges
- Member, American Psychological Association
- Member, Western Psychological Association
- Chair, Social Science Learning Online Group
- President’s Award, Bellevue Community College
- Margin of Excellence Award for Teaching, Bellevue Community College
- Granted Tenure, Bellevue Community College
I am excited by the opportunity to make a contribution to the work of community college psychology teachers at the national level. After 30 years of teaching psychology, and even more years in the community college system, I am at the “zenith” of my career, and would welcome the chance to provide leadership and give back to a profession that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Most recently, I’ve participated in the formation of our college’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) and have been a close observer of our transition from a community college to a college accredited to give selected bachelor’s degrees. I would be delighted to participate in a broader conversation on these issues.
In terms of my background, I have taught almost every course offered in psychology at the community college level. My areas of special interest are abnormal psychology, social psychology, the psychology of gender, and cross-cultural psychology. I have taught classes face to face, online, and in a hybrid format, and have been lucky enough to teach psychology in two study abroad programs in Italy and Spain. I’ve also been heavily involved in our interdisciplinary studies program, and partnered with faculty from other disciplines to teach courses with the themes of happiness, violence, love, gender, madness, community and race.
In addition to teaching, I’ve served as psychology department chair three times, during which I’ve mentored new faculty and supported adjunct faculty in our department. I’ve served as interim director of our Center for Liberal Arts and as coordinator of faculty professional development on our campus. My work in the latter position included the development of a new faculty teaching institute, which I’m pleased to say has continued to the present.
I think my background has prepared me to contribute to the mission of the PT@CC Committee; I would welcome the opportunity to promote the highest professional standards for teaching, develop leadership qualities among psychology faculty, and encourage psychological research on teaching and learning. I believe I’ve contributed to these efforts on my campus, and this seems like an ideal opportunity to impact the future of psychology teachers on a national level. I’m ready and eager to add my voice to this important effort.
PT@CC Committee will elect two new members. Balloting period: Sept. 17-Oct. 31, 2013.