Regan A. R. Gurung is Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Born and raised in Bombay, India, Dr. Gurung received a B.A. in psychology at Carleton College (MN), and a Masters and Ph.D. in social and personality psychology at the University of Washington (WA). He then spent three years at UCLA as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research fellow.
He has received numerous local, state, and national grants for his health psychological and social psychological research on cultural differences in stress, social support, smoking cessation, body image and impression formation. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals including Psychological Review and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Teaching of Psychology. He has a textbook, Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach, relating culture, development, and health published with Cengage (third edition in preparation) and is also the co-author/co-editor of eight other books (see CV). He has made over 100 presentations and given workshops nationally and internationally (e.g. Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand).
Dr. Gurung is also a dedicated teacher and has strong interests in enhancing faculty development and student understanding. He was Co-Director of the University of Wisconsin System Teaching Scholars Program, has been a UWGB Teaching Fellow, a UW System Teaching Scholar, and is winner of the CASE Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UW-Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Founder’s Award for Scholarship, UW Teaching-at-its-Best, Creative Teaching, and Featured Faculty Awards. He has strong interests in teaching and pedagogy and has organized statewide and national teaching conferences, is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science, serves on the Div.2 (Teaching of Psychology) Taskforce for Diversity and is Chair of the Div. 38 (Health Psychology) Education and Training Council. He is also Past-President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
When not helping people stay calm, reading, and writing, Dr. Gurung enjoys culinary explorations, travel, time with his two children, and avoiding political discussions of any kind.
Workshop Title: America's Next Top Model: Evidence-Based Guidelines to Model Teaching
Recent efforts to provide standardized benchmarks for quality in undergraduate education have not included specific definitions of teaching excellence. Recently, the major organization for teaching psychology completed a two-year effort to develop guidelines for teachers. The Model Teaching Criteria define can be used as a standard for self-evaluation, preparing merit and promotion documents, and enhancing faculty development. This session will include a summary of 18 specific characteristics and practices included in the list of model teaching characteristics, with special emphasis on research-based practices. In addition, attendees engage in a self-evaluation of their consistency with the characteristics and their ability to provide evidence to document their consistency.