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Matthew P. Phelps

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Contact Information:
Matthew P. Phelps
zcurycf+znybar+rqh 330.471.8370
Founders Hall 67 B

Professor of Psychology

Education:

Certificate in theology (24 M.A. credits), University of Notre Dame, 2009
Ph.D. in psychology (cognitive/experimental), The Pennsylvania State University, 1998
M.S. in psychology (cognitive/experimental), The Pennsylvania State University, 1993
B.S. in psychology (summa cum laude), Bowling Green State University, 1990

Experience

1998-present: Department of Psychology, Malone University (current rank: Professor)

2011-present: Director of Faculty Development, Malone University
2003-2010: Chair, Department of Psychology, Malone University
2007-2009: Co-director of Faculty Development, Malone University
Fall 2002: Interim Chair, Department of Psychology, Malone College
1997-1998: Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University
1996-1997: Researcher (part time), Educational Testing Service (ETS)
1994-1995: Graduate Research Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University
1990-1994: Graduate Teaching Assistant, The Pennsylvania State University
Summer 1990: Researcher I (part time), The Bowling Green State University

Recent Scholarly Work

Phelps, M. P., & Waalkes, S. (2012). Educating desire and imagination in a “Faith in the World” seminar. Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 16, 195-214. (both authors made an equal contribution)

Phelps, M. P. & Waalkes, S. (2009). Christian friendship as faculty development: A narrative account. Journal of Education & Christian Belief, 13, 125-139. (both authors made an equal contribution)

Moroney, S. K., Phelps, M. P., & Waalkes, S. (2007). Cultivating humility: Teaching practices rooted in Christian anthropology. In D. V. Henry & M. Beaty (Eds.), The Schooled Heart: Moral Formation in American Higher Education. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press. (all authors made an equal contribution)

Phelps, M. P. (2004). Imago Dei and limited creature: High and low views of human beings in Christianity and cognitive psychology. Christian Scholar's Review, 33, 345-366.

Bayen, U. J., & Phelps, M. P., & Spaniol, J. (2000). Age-related differences in the use of contextual information in recognition memory: A global matching approach. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 55B, P131-P141.

Murnane, K., Phelps, M. P., & Malmberg, K. (1999). Context-dependent recognition memory:  The ICE theory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 128, 403-415.

Teaching Assignments

Introduction to Statistics
Human Memory & Cognition
Senior Seminar in Psychology (topical capstone for psychology majors)
Faith in the World Seminar (topical, interdisciplinary capstone in general education)

Teaching Philosophy

I want my students to go beyond knowing “about” the material and to enter into deeper contact with some aspect of reality. Therefore, I pose a lot of questions in class; design experiential learning activities; and require students to create written responses on exams and assignments that demonstrate their abilities to understand, synthesize, critique, and apply course concepts. Furthermore, I use the particular resources of each course to lead students into a theological understanding of life and to promote spiritual development and ethical action.

Professional Memberships and Activities

Selected participant, Reflective Pedagogy and Christian Practices, summer seminar at Calvin College, 2011

Lead Guest Editor, Summer 2010 Special Issue of Christian Scholar’s Review: “Christian Higher Education as Character Formation” (with Shawn Floyd, Steve Moroney, and Scott Waalkes)

Consulting Editor, Edification (journal of the Society for Christian Psychology)

Ad hoc Reviewer, Christian Scholar’s Review

Ad hoc Reviewer, Journal of Psychology and Theology

Member, Society for Christian Psychology (SCP)

Member, Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Member, Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA)

 

Awards

 

Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Malone University, 2011-12

Finalist, Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching, Malone University, 2005-06; 2007-08; 2010-11

Finalist, Distinguished Faculty Award for Service, 2007-08

Summer Research Grant, Malone College, Summer 2006; 2004; 2001

Sabbatical, Malone College, Spring 2005



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