Friday @ the Center
April 16, 2010
TOY Award: School of Education
*The third in a series featuring this year’s eight nominees for the SPU Faculty Teacher of the Year award.*
Dr. Christopher A. Sink was selected as this year’s Teacher of the Year in the School of Education. Chris has been a member of the SOE’s graduate program in Counselor Education since 1994, serving as department chair for five years. Among other courses, he has taught Introduction to School Counseling, Positive Psychology and Spirituality in the Schools, and Introduction to Psychoeducational Assessment, along with supervising doctoral research and dissertations. His courses draw on a wide variety of pedagogical strategies: lecturing, role playing, case studies, and writing a spiritual autobiography. One student writes, “Chris is an excellent lecturer. I felt inspired during lectures and also felt that he was able to present ideas that were extremely effective in helping me to consider different points of view. He didn’t just talk about what we read about in our books, but added new dimensions to the material.”
Dr. Christopher Sink
Is Graduate School for You?
The Center’s annual informational session for undergraduate students considering a vocational call to attend graduate school, “Is Graduate School for You?” will be held on Thursday, April 22, from 1-1:50 p.m. in Demaray Hall 255. This is a basic introduction for those in the early stages of considering graduate education, covering issues such as “How do I know I can do graduate level work? What can you do in your sophomore and junior year to better prepare yourself for graduate school? What’s the difference and advantages/disadvantages between a M.A. and a Ph.D? How do you decide where to apply?” Please encourage your academically gifted students to attend.
Do You Think Like a Millennial?
Take an online quiz from the Pew Research Center to see how like a millennial you are. I scored a paltry 4, much to my own surprise. According to this, I’m not even a Baby-Boomer. Old before my time. Questions about Pew’s analytic methods? Check out their methodology. (Thanks to Mike Dabney, Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at Hawaii Pacific University for this item.)