Edwin entered the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program in Fall 2015. He immediately established himself as a valuable resource in the Youth Development Lab by managing recruitment for a new study on coping in Cystic Fibrosis patients. He also proved to be a personal ally in the quest to get the rest of our lab to play an escape game (a feat we accomplished at the SRCD Biennial meeting in Austin in 2017!) Edwin also elected to have me supervise his teaching practicum, acting as my TA for PY 214, Elementary Statistics, in Spring 2017. He was responsible for leading a series of supplemental instruction sessions, guest lecturing, and assisting with grading exams. During the semester, he also planned his course syllabus and course activities for Fall 2017. He is now busy leading his first independent course and following my example of designing entertaining bonus questions:
Burgess, B. E., Henry, M., & Mrug, S. (2017, April). Parental Monitoring, Religious Commitment, and Adolescent Substance Use. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Austin, TX.
Being my first TA experience, I was pleased with how things went. Despite some hiccups in scheduling (mostly on my end), the course went smoothly. I enjoyed leading review sessions as these let me warm up my teaching muscles a little. I was glad to have the opportunity to lead class. Your advice on bringing examples into the lecture was helpful for this. And when I graded tests, your point guides helped me have a more systematic approach to each question. Beyond that, you gave me some great ideas for how I can approach teaching the course in the fall. I can’t really think of anything that would have made the position better.