For the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Carla Strickland-Hughes was awarded the Stephen E. Corson Award. The award committee reviewed applications with letters of support from students and peers. Additionally, they were impressed with signs of innovation across Strickland-Hughes' teaching, including intergenerational discussion activities, introduction of specifications grading, and collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Stephen E. Corson Award was established in 2004 by the Reverend John E. Corson, former Pacific Regent, and Sylvia Bradbury Corson, in memory of their son, Stephen Edmund Corson, who passed away at the age of 38. The award is given each year to one faculty member in the College of the Pacific who has distinguished himself or herself in the teaching of freshmen students.
On August 2, 2021, Pacific Newsroom published an article on the work that post-baccalaureate researcher and UOP alumna, Carmen Huang '20, conducted with Principal Investigator, Dr. Carla Strickland-Hughes. The article describes that virtual and remote work that Huang partook in, both in the Aging and Cognitive Training (LAB) and independently.
You can access and read the article here: https://www.pacific.edu/pacific-newsroom/pacific-alumna-will-present-research-remote-learning-national-convention.
Research assistant Carmen Huang conducted a two-part study on the relationships between stress and student self-efficacy in the broader context of the COVID-19 pandemic for her Honors research project. Student self-efficacy is one's confidence to do well in school, and she was particularly interested in academic self-efficacy, one's confidence to perform well in academics, and online learning self-efficacy, one's confidence to perform well in an online class. She was also interested in examining social status, especially one's subjective social status, which is the social group that one identifies themselves as. Aside from student self-efficacy and subjective social status, she also examined their physiological states, such as stress and anxiety.
She presented her initial findings for the first part of her study on Thursday, December 10th. You can learn more about the purpose. methodology, and findings of the study from the recorded presentation above!
Dr. Rachel Wu (PI) and Dr. Strickland-Hughes (Co-PI) Awarded NSF RAPID Grant to Study Impact of Social Distancing Across Adulthood
The Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS) division of the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a RAPID grant for COVID-19 related research to Dr. Rachel Wu (PI) and Dr. Carla M. Strickland-Hughes (Co-PI) for the amount of $132,474. The title of the proposed research is Older Adults' learning and adaptation as resilience processes to counter social isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional details available on the Pacific Newsroom.
Dr. Carla Strickland-Hughes was awarded a Thomas J. Long Foundation Core Fellowship award for teaching of freshman general education classes Fall 2019. The criteria of the fellowship are innovation and excellence in teaching. Carla’s proposal for the award highlighted an intergenerational book club and film screening. She designed the intergenerational activities to address negative stereotypes about old age and aging and concurrently afford opportunities for students to strengthen their communication and critical thinking skills, as well as their self-understanding, a key mission of Pacific’s General Education program. Students in Carla’s class and members of the local chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute read Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, a memoir-style book providing lessons about how to be good citizens and to lead fulfilled lives that are informed by anticipation of one’ s own death. Groups convened for respectful, confidential discussion of the themes in the book for two 90-minute sessions. Students practiced their critical thinking and analysis skills by preparing their own discussion questions based on the text. The groups discussed these questions in semi-structured small groups and worked together to “solve” the problems of the “meaning of life” and “how to live a meaningful life, with a sense of purpose.” Students submitted a capstone writing assignment wherein they summarized the experience and connected what they learned from the discussion and from the book to their own lives, emphasizing their self-understanding, and to understanding of a good society, which was the topic of the class. After the book club, participants attended a screening of the film adaptation of Tuesdays with Morrie win an expert panel Q&A consisting of Robin Imhof (film and literature enthusiast), William Bloxham (long-term hospice volunteer), and Carla Strickland-Hughes (gerontologist). These activities may help counteract pervasive negative stereotypes about old age and aging, as research suggests that increased knowledge and experience reduce our reliance on stereotypes and that positive intergenerational contact might improve attitudes towards old age.