Teacher of the Week: Dr. Jeanne Slattery of Psychology Department

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Many of the students attending Clarion University have had the pleasure of enrolling in classes with Dr. Jeanne Slattery of the Psychology department.
This semester, Slattery can be found teaching Psychology and Personal Growth courses to underclassmen as well as Senior Seminar and an internship course.
The vast range of students is one characteristic of teaching that Slattery said she has come to love.
“Many times you can see growth throughout a semester, but you see so much more growth in students across time,” Slattery said of what it is like to watch students come in as freshman and leave as seniors.
Slattery said her passion for the psychology department first began in 1984, when she first began to teach at Clarion University.
She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in psychology as well as art. She then went on to receive her graduate degree at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she earned her doctorate and a master’s degree in experimental psychology.
To further add to her resume, Slattery continued on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pick up the coursework  that she needed to earn her degree in clinical psychology.
While in graduate school, Slattery met her husband, Dr. Randy Potter, who is the head of the Psychology department at Clarion University.
Slattery and her husband moved to Clarion about 32 years ago.
Before taking a teaching position at Clarion, Slattery taught at other college campuses such as Slippery Rock, University of Pittsburgh Greensburg, Penn State Dubois, and St. Vincent College Latrobe.
In addition to her teaching position, Slattery also runs a private practice, where she works as a clinical psychologist.
While serving locally on the board of directors for mental health organization MH/MR/DNA, Slattery became interested in finding more ways that she could make a difference.
“What started off as a volunteer position turned into something I became passionate about,” Slattery said.
She has also published more than 25 journal articles, reviews and chapters.
Like many other teachers at Clarion, Slattery is facing retrenchment.
If she were no longer able to teach due to the retrenchment, Slattery  said she would work in the Clarion University Counseling Center.
Even with the opportunity to stay on campus as a counselor, Slattery said it wouldn’t be the same because of how much she loves to teach.
“I love seeing the way people’s eyes light up,” Slattery said.
She said knows she has done a good job at the end of the semester when her students tell her that her course should be required for all freshmen.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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