Jodie Ullman, professor of psychology at Cal State San Bernardino, has won the 2012 Western Psychological Association Outstanding Teaching Award. A plaque and cash award will be presented to Ullman at the WPA Annual Convention in San Francisco this spring.
“I am truly honored to be a recipient of this award. Past winners are such outstanding teachers, I just feel so very fortunate to receive this honor,” said Ullman.
The honor comes, in large part, because of Ullman’s approach to teaching the difficult subject of statistics. Her goal has been to show her students how to explain statistical analyses and findings in everyday language without the typical statistical jargon.
“Those of us who teach statistics,” said Dale Berger, director of WPA fellows and awards, “appreciate the importance of her approach, and also recognize how difficult it is to teach mastery of statistical concepts to a degree that it is possible to explain them accurately in simple terms to people who may not be sophisticated with statistics.”
The WPA recognized Ullman for her innovative and creative classroom teaching skills, extraordinary one-to-one mentoring, dedication and service. It also noted her leadership in initiating and developing programs of teaching.
“Jodie is really an internationally recognized scholar in the field of quantitative psychology,” said Robert Ricco, psychology department chair at Cal State San Bernardino. “She brings that expertise into her teaching. We feel fortunate to have her teaching here. When students are accepted into doctoral programs at other universities, they come back and report that they are better prepared in statistics because of her. She prepares students so well, that even at the highest level doctoral programs, they are still operating at a higher level than their peers.”
The award increases the visibility and reputation of the CSUSB psychology department, and speaks well of the entire university and the quality of Ullman’s teaching, Ricco added.
“I am very proud of Dr. Ullman. She is just a superb teacher and this award is well deserved,” said Jamal Nassar, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUSB.
The Outstanding Teaching Award is given to WPA members, with a minimum of 10 years in the field. Recipients have demonstrated leadership in teaching and mentoring, publications on teaching, grant awards for teaching, teaching awards from one’s campus or other regional, national or international associations and demonstrated effectiveness in teaching and mentoring of students.
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