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A Welcoming Student-Centered Syllabus by Prof. Jill Grose-Fifer

A Welcoming Student-Centered Syllabus by Prof. Jill Grose-Fifer

At the end of the Spring 2019 term, Cathy N. Davidson posted about how much we admire Dean Anne Balsamo's syllabus for her TechnoCulture course, and now we've come across another inspiring syllabus by John Jay College's Associate Professor of Psychology, Jill Grose-Fifer. Professor Grose-Fifer's syllabus is as student-centered as it gets with clear explanations, colorful and welcoming graphics, well-defined expectations, and a respectful late policy.

Professor Jill Grose-Fifer is a cognitive neuroscientist and Associate Professor at John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. She graduated from the University of Aston, Birmingham UK where her doctoral work focused on visual development in preterm babies. She continues to use EEG/ERP recording to investigate sensory and cognitive function across the lifespan. Her current research focuses on brain development during adolescence with a view to better understanding increased risk taking, as well as EEG investigations of how personality traits, such as psychopathy and empathy, affect how people process emotional information. She is active in the scholarship of teaching and learning, and is the lead author of a recent pedagogy textbook: Teaching Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach (Wiley, 2019).  She has been the recipient of several teaching and mentoring awards including the John Jay College Distinguished Teaching Prize in 2009 and 2019, the Kwando Kinshasa Excellence in Mentoring Award from the John Jay McNair Program in 2019, the John Jay College Forensic Psychology MA Program Faculty Excellence in Research Mentorship Award in 2018, and the John Jay College Outstanding Scholarly Mentor award in 2012. 

Shared below with her permission, you can view a PDF of her syllabus for her Brain and Behavior course:


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