Barbara M. Townsend
Instructor, Psychology Program
Office: PC 2245
- Courses Taught
- Educational History
- Professional Experience
I had the good fortune to be hired to teach one section of Introductory Psychology back in the fall of 1999 as an adjunct. I had just graduated from Gannon's master's program and I was both excited and anxious to have the opportunity to teach, something I had never done before. One class became three and then four and then five !! I was asked and accepted the position to teach in the newly developed Dual Enrollment Program which offers college classes and credits to high school students throughout Erie County. I began with this program at it's inception in 2003 and continue to thoroughly enjoy this worthwile opportunity for both faculty and students ten years later.
I teach 4 - 6 sections of Human Develpment here on campus each year. This course has morphed into a life skills course with a great deal of emphasis on the social and emotional challenges of life. It has been a very popular class on campus and I am grateful for the chance to help my students understand their lives better and to hopefully make good choices in their lives ahead.
I never aspired to be a teacher so there is beauty in the irony that I love my job and am so grateful to Gannon for giving me the opportunity to find my career calling some where I never would have looked for it.