Professor — Child & Family Studies
MOST RECENT/NOTABLE PUBLISHED WORK
Faber, A., Chin, E., Wilburn, V., Shafaie, S., (2019). Measuring romantic competence in young adults: The inventory of romantic relationship competence. Interpersona: International Journal on Personal Relationships, 13(1), 72-95.
WHAT AREA DO YOU TEACH?
Family Studies, Human Development, and Trauma / Resiliency
Ph.D – Child and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
M.S.- Child and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University
B.A. – Psychology, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
Students are motivated to learn when the instructor takes an invested interest in them. Therefore, I work hard to build strong relationships with each of my students. My goals as a teacher are to present students with relevant information, teach them the necessary skills for them to be successful in their careers, and hold them accountable for learning the required information.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?
I find teaching very rewarding in that I get to help students learn and grow in their understanding of human development and family dynamics.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Certified Family Life Educator
I have been at Southeast Missouri State University for over 15 years. In addition, to teaching and advising, I am also the Administrative Director for Educare Programs and the Financial Manager for Horizons Enrichment Center.
Recipient of the Provost Award for Teaching Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning, 2019
Recipient of the College of Education, Health and Human Studies “Outstanding Teacher Award”, 2019.
ORGANIZATIONS IN WHICH YOU ARE INVOLVED
A member of the National Council on Family Relations
Serve on the Governing Board For Community Counseling Center
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
Don’t let yourself fall behind in the course and keep your professor abreast of what is going on in your world. Most professors are willing to work with you to help you be successful if you respectfully approach them and keep them informed.