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Larry Locker, PhD
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1. From where did you earn your degree? University of Kansas.





2. What is your degree(including grad school)? I got my undergraduate psychology bachelors degree at Fort Hayes State University and then obtained the masters and PhD both at the University of Tampa.


3.When did you come to GSU to teach and why? This is my first semester since I started in August. I came here because there is an importance placed on teaching here and I like teaching. There is a fairly balance on research and teaching.



4. Have you taught at other universities and colleges and if so what subjects did you teach? I taught while I was getting my degrees at the University of Kansas and I taught intro. Psych, cognitive psychology honors and I taught statistics. I also taught this past summer at University of St. Mary's in Kansas, and I taught graduate cognitive psychology.


5. What courses have you taught at GSU or currently teaching; how are they different from other universities? graduate introductory statistics and intro. Psychology. Introductory really doesn't differ that much at all and i'm teaching it pretty much the same way here. Statistics; i'm teaching at a graduate level now so I go into more advance topic more of an advance level and broader range of different statistical techniques than when I taught undergraduate statistics.





6. What was the teacher to student ratio when you arrived here? For me its about 35-38 people in my 2 sections of intro. Psych, and in my graduate class I just have 4.



7. What classes were offered when you started at GSU and how has that changed from when you started? I could teach research methods, cognitive psychology, and senior research. Next semester I will be teaching the advanced psychology research class.




8. What were student's attitudes toward psychology when you started and how have they changed over the years? To what do you attribute these changes if any?

In general the people that i've interacted with seem to like it and seem to find it interesting so far it hasn't changed through the course of the semester.




9. What was the male to female ratio in the Psychology department whenyou started?

Intro.- probably about even, graduate- definitely more females, and in professors more males.


11. What is your favorite course to teach?

I would say I kind of like them all but in different ways. My favorite class to teach is one where I can get the students involved.




12. From what you can tell, what are student's favorite courses?

I would say introductory because it is a general course and less specialized.



13. Do you see a correlation in classes that you or students find favorable and high grades?

No I haven't seen that in my own personal experience because there is a problem with that. For example: I teach statistics and generally grades are higher in that and thats a higher-level course and you have students there that are adjusted to experiencing college whereas intro. There are students that are knew and may not continue on with the major. Its kind of hard to say but I don't think its that strongly correlated because people like intro. But I've seen lower grades in that than statistics which people may not like as much.



14. What types of research have you been, or are currently involved in?

I do generally speaking reading research and visual word recognition. I do reading in a sense where I try to understand how people process individual words and i've been involved in that for the past couple of years. I'm also working on a project with Dr. Murray.


15. Have you, or do you have a private practice? If so, what kinds of patients did you or do you see?

I don't have a private practice because i'm a research psychologist not a clinician, so I don't see patients.


16. What are some things that you hope to see happen in the Psychology department in the future(5/10 years)? In addition, is there a psychology course not offered at GSU that you would like to see offered, or would like to teach? I would like to see an intro level statistics class taught here because people take their first statistics course over in math. I would personally like to see psychology of statistics that would be a precursor to the advance psychology research. I would love to teach a psychology of language or psychology of reading course. My personal goals are getting my research going and getting a solid lab going.



17. Do you for see the number of psychology students, or an interest in psychology in general growing at GSU?

Based on the trend I would say yes or at least staying where its at because psychology is a popular major and generally applicable. So I would say at least maintaining where its at if not becoming more popular.


18. What is your response to the possibility of the offering of a PsyD program at GSU and how would you see yourself getting involved in the program if the program is commenced?

I think its great if the department can grow in that way. The PsyD department would be based more toward clinical psychology so my involvement would be more limited but my contribution would be helping take the graduate statistics. I would try to contribute in anyway I could but it would be limited.


19. What is the best and worst thing of being a psychologist/professor at GSU?

The best thing is the emphasis on the teaching is valued here and the atmosphere. The worst thing for me personally is that its taking a little long for me to get my research going this semester but thats not due to the department.



20. What do you look forward to the most after leaving GSU? Being able to devote and spend a lot of time to working on music.

21. Finally, what advice would you give to students interested in pursuing a degree in Psychology?

Be very clear and think hard about what you plan to do because being a psychologist, therapist or researcher requires a graduate education so look into that and make sure its what you want to do.



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