Deborah Eicher-Catt, Ph.D.

Teaching Philosophy and Experience


 
Teaching Philosophy:

My overall philosophy of teaching embraces Penn State's commitment to high teaching standards, student-focused collaborative learning, and the creation of interactive learning environments. For me, professionalism, tempered with genuine warmth and sensitivity to students’ needs, are essential to building a caring teacher-student relationship. Students learn best when they feel free to question and discuss material, so I work hard to create such an environment in the classroom.

 

Some CAS Students returning from a field trip
Spring 2005

Teaching Experience:

Overall, I have taught communication courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. I also supervise student internships and independent studies.

Graduate Level: Seminar in Rhetorical and Communication Theory and
Seminar in Communication Research Methods

Directed Master's Thesis:

  1. "In Her Own Voice: Media Representations of Hillary Clinton's Misty-Eyed Moment: Emotional Performance and Performative Agency," Dept. of Communication, California State University-East Bay, Spring 2009.
  2. "A Cultural Analysis of Cyberfandom: Xena Warrior Princess," M. Stanfill, California State University-East Bay, Spring 2008.
  3. "The Transition to College for Adult Children of Alcoholism: A Phenomenological Inquiry," M. Donnelly, LaSalle University, June 1996;

Thesis Committee Member, "What Does it Mean to be Born Again?" Dept. of Communication, California State University-East Bay, Spring 2009.

Undergraduate Level:

Upper-Division

Lower-Division

Supervised Independent Studies:

Directed Independent Study on Phenomenology and the Step-family experience, M. Imler, Spring 2006.

Directed Independent Study on Human Resource Training and Development, C. Joines, Fall 2005.

Directed Independent Study on Gender, Race, and Class, (CAS 496), “Black and White: Investigating the Grey Areas of Communication,” F. Kern and A. Crissman, Spring 2005.

Directed Independent Study, (CAS 296), "Community-University Partnerships: Learning about Human Service Collaborations," L. Hollenbaugh, Spring 2004.

Directed Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Project (CAS 494), "Risk and Resiliency of Adult Children of Post-divorce," Fall 2003-Spring 2004.

Directed Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Project (CAS 494), "Risk and Resiliency of Adult Children of Post-divorce," Fall 2002-Spring 2003.

Directed Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Project (SPCOM494), "The Communicative Practices of Non-Custodial Mothers and Their Children," Spring 2002.

Directed Undergraduate Research Assistantship, “The Communicative Practices of Non-Custodial Mothers and Their Children," Fall 2000-Spring 2001.

Directed Undergraduate Research Assistantship and Project (CWC296A), “Marketing Strategies and Metaphors: A Rhetorical Analysis of Company Web-Sites,” Spring 2000.

Supervised Community Internships:

I.D.G. Human Resources

Martin Memorial Library, Human Resources

Healthy York County Coalition, Media Literacy Task Force

United Way of York County

Northwestern Mutual Insurance

 


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