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Tera Mikula - Psychology Department

Office: CRSC 140
Phone: 410-777-1230
E-mail: tsmikula@aacc.edu

Teaching Philosophy

“By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn.” —Latin Proverb

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” —William Arthur Ward

My teaching philosophy is based around the following concepts:

Passion: I believe that a teacher is someone who is passionate about a topic and equally passionate about communicating that topic to students. I am passionate about psychology and hope this enthusiasm inspires my students.

Communication: Passion and enthusiasm are good, but also being able to convey a subject to students in such a way that they will understand it is just as important. I aim to help students think about the subject in new ways and apply it to their own lives.

Fairness and Flexibility: I believe in being fair which to me means being able to understand what students are going through as individuals and as students. I am flexible enough to adapt to students interests and concerns within the course structure and allow time for discussions important to the students. I also encourage students to respectfully question course material, to turn it over in their minds and question its validity. Science is all about questioning and curiosity; no progress was ever made without it!

Learning: I believe the best classrooms are those where both the teacher and the students learn from each other. True learning involves active thinking!

Fun and humor: Learning should be fun and every successful teacher must have humor. Laughter goes a long way in showing the students that we teachers are people too. Psychology focuses on human behavior and one of the greatest gifts is to be able to keep a sense of humor throughout all the stresses life brings!

Caring and individuality: A teacher must care for the students, first and foremost. I care for my students, the subject, and the entire learning process. My commitment is to recognize my students and the individuality they bring. Every student has a life, a story, thoughts, and feelings that they bring with them into the classroom. This makes teaching rich and exciting!

Education

  • Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors & Therapists (http://www.aasect.org)
  • Ph.D., Psychology (Counseling Psychology concentration), Tennessee State University
  • Psychology internship, University of Pennsylvania
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Clinical Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • M.S., Counseling, Shippensburg University
  • B.A., Psychology, Penn State University

License

  • Licensed Psychologist - State of Maryland
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor - State of Maryland

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Eating Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Human Sexuality
  • Resiliency
  • Cross-cultural and Sociocultural studies
  • Teaching of Psychology

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Member
  • Southeastern Psychological Association - Outstanding Professional Research Award nominee
  • Southeastern Psychological Association - Graduate Student Special Topics Award Winner for Cross-Cultural research

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • National Eating Disorders Association
  • Maryland Psychological Association