We no longer have a graduate program and
my current teaching is focused on undergraduate education. I
teach two counseling courses (Helping
Skills and Theories of Counseling)
in the Psychology major and I offer an elective "wellness"
course in Death and Dying. I
also teach two courses in leadership, available to any interested
students (Leadership Skills and
Introduction to Leadership Studies). These courses encourage student development and
are based on the philosophy that a college education carries with it
an imperative for students to embrace responsibility for leadership
and ownership for community development and improvement. My desire to promote college student development and leadership
contributed to my role in the development of the University's
First-Year Experience program, including the course for
all incoming first-year students (First-Year
My interest in leadership extends to a Leadership
Project that is exploring student readiness and
motivation for assuming leadership roles and for active engagement in both
college and community experiences. I've developed a research
instrument that explores student background and interest in engagement
and change. I'm interested in talking with others about these
issues and in collaborative projects to explore leadership themes
across campuses, regions, cultures and countries. Please contact
me if you are interested in these issues.
Involvement with teaching college
students is immensely rewarding and I continue to learn and grow
through each new encounter. Engagement in my local and greater
communities is also very fulfilling. My teaching and community experiences confirm
that there is great value and personal satisfaction in striving to improve
our collective situations and in seeking
answers to our personal and shared questions. New questions
arise out of answers to old ones. The hope for the future lies
in the shared endeavor to improve the lives of those around us.
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pages that provide more detail about my professional interests and activities.
I welcome your input and reflection on these pages and issues.
- Denny Murray