I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Master of Arts in Community Counseling, Certification in Research Assessment and Measurement and an EdD - ABD in Counseling Psychology paired with a license in Counseling. I have taught Psychology to Undergraduates, online. I am Nationally published on Emotional Intelligence, Sensation Seeking, Quality of Life and Depression and am currently in my Dissertation Track in Counseling Psychology in Higher Education.
I can work with you on most topics, by completing literature searches and talking over the findings with you that are current for today's findings according to your field of study. I prefer online instruction via conference call, webcam, and teleconference.
My teaching style is very laid back in that I am a compassionate teacher who believes in empowering her students and never underestimating their capabilities for growth and achievement.
Melanie Faithwalker, MA, PC, EdD-ABD
I am an experienced online Professor of Psychology and an experienced tutor in Research. I have taught hundreds of students in the online environment. I have spoken in many events on research I have completed. But I am new to Superprof and am hoping to catch on as a private professor, here When I was a research assistant, before certification in Research, I helped many of my peers with their research topics and documents by tutoring. Most of the students that I have ever taught felt appreciated as a student and respected for their capabilities and contributions to the learning process.
Professional Teaching Statement:
I, Melanie N. Faithwalker, do believe that the key to our society’s future are those that we educate, they are the answer to tomorrow’s progresses and failures they represent what we will become, what we can achieve and how we will get there.
In my eyes a professor’s role is to enlighten, empower, and model what the field is supposed to uphold in ethical standards, beliefs and practices. I, as a professor, bring to the table a wealth of knowledge and experience to enlighten the minds of the students and to encourage them to not only gain knowledge but to think analytically. My students will gain the wisdom and knowledge of psychological theories and practices in the field that will promote their individual learning and willingness to achieve. I promise to promote an atmosphere of learning that is disciplined, open, and interactive with lecture and activities that could appeal to any adult learning style. I will translate these concepts into the classroom setting by using the most up to date resources of technology in the classroom i.e. Skype, Facebook, Teleconferencing, Databases, and the most up – to date literature in the field to date to tutor my courses. To conceptualize my theoretical approach on learning in higher education I would like to express that in my classes we will have some lecture but mostly interactive learning that opens the student mind to learning all derived from the perspective of pedagogy and “imitation learning” where the assignments closely imitate real life scenarios and the student gets to interact in situations that are close to in vivo sensitization as possible. (Bach, Tucker & Ellis. 2014) Another theoretical perspective is that when training graduate students of psychology there must be “practicum, course assignments and supportive supervision”. (Donohue & Perry, 2014). I will follow my administrations ground work and provisions on approaching internship and practicum and as a supervisor I will be supportive, encouraging and create an atmosphere of growth for my students that also leaves the door open for human error because I feel that when we make most of our mistakes is where we grow. The strategies that I will use will be of “active listening”, learning, and growing with my students; I will create an atmosphere of acceptance of other cultures by being inclusive and non-judgmental by realizing my own biases issues and shortcomings while self-evaluating myself as I go along to improve as a person and as a professor; I will be fair and understanding to students with disabilities and challenges; and I will work diligently to improve with every class with passion for my work and for education will drive every decision at every turn. One important ethical issue in education is how we treat our students with disabilities. Disabled does not mean that you are able at nothing and no matter what the disability those with challenges deserve to be treated with respect and given the same chances and opportunities as those without disabilities. I will strive for fair treatment of all my students regardless of ability, race, creed, color, religion, culture, socioeconomic status or origin.
For teacher effectiveness I will always self-evaluate and reflect on my own accord and with my supervisor to improve my tutoring and professorship skills. When it pertains to grading and assessment of my students I will first appeal to my student emotions when it pertains to learning and utilize their emotional regulations skills to transform learning into wisdom gained. (Mega & Beni. 2014). I plan on doing this by first, at the beginning of every class determine learning styles, passions likes and dislikes and lastly work to appeal to each learner. I will evaluate this with short question and answer questions along the way of the course to determine if we stay the course with current methods or tweak performance and learning style. Each class will be tailored in some respects to the students or group that is being tutored but yet still maintain standardization of scores and evaluation. For evaluation I will use quizzes or assignments that measure students learning and are valid tools of assessing that the student is learning the required topics and learning objectives for the course. When it pertains to grading differences across cultures my perspective is that learning is universal and knows no creed all students are capable of achieving and learning at great strides when given the proper atmosphere and chances. (Lee, 2014)
I have experience as a Therapist, Professional Counselor; my approach to teaching is more egalitarian and diplomatic than it is dogmatic. I believe that a learning environment of equality but yet a level of respect is necessary for the growth of every student. In order for a student to fully succeed they must feel that the professor is not only approachable but is one that operates on a level of consistency with all students no matter of race, sex, creed, sexuality or difference. I truly believe that in today’s diverse community one should embrace all walks of life in the class room and beyond. I believe in fair practices and grading style that is more objective than subjective to prevent bias in teaching methods.
In conclusion, my background of study in Psychology, Community Counseling, Naturopathic Medicine, Massotherapies’ and Applied Scientific Research will prove to be a new and innovative approach attracting many students while encompassing today’s dilemmas of holistic approaches to psychological counseling methods in Higher Education. I have expertise, and have held licenses and/or certifications in all these areas with the exception of Naturopathic medicine.
Thank you for your time.
Melanie Noelle Faithwalker
Melanie N. Faithwalker, M.A., P.C., Ed.D., ABD
Bach, P., Allami, B. K., Tucker, M., & Ellis, R. (2014). Planning-related motor processes underlie mental practice and imitation learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(3), 1277-1294. doi:(concealed information)
Donohue, K. M., & Perry, K. E. (2014). Bringing theory to life for trainees in professional psychology: The role of setting, assignments, and supervision. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 8(2), 119-126. doi:(concealed information)
Lee, J. (2014). Universal factors of student achievement in high-performing eastern and western countries. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106(2), 364-374. doi:(concealed information)
Lewis, J. (2013). Dialogue as a way of knowing: Understanding solo improvisation and its implications for an education for freedom. Psychomusicology: Music, Mind and Brain, 23(4), 255-261. doi:(concealed information)
Mega, C., Ronconi, L., & De Beni, R. (2014). What makes a good student? how emotions, self-regulated learning, and motivation contribute to academic achievement. Journal of Educational Psychology, 106(1), 121-131. doi:(concealed information)
E.D.D. (In Process) Counseling Psychology focus in Higher Education
Argosy University, Projected 2017
Master of Arts
John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio 2009
Chi Signma Ioata, Honor Society, Vice – President JCU 2007-2008
Bachelor of Arts Psychology
Notre Dame College of Ohio, South Euclid, Ohio 2006
Certificate of Advanced Studies, 2009 (CAS) in Research, Assessment
And Measurement Awarded Spring 2009
Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant
(Teaching Experience) Professional Development in Higher Education
• IUPUI, Department of Biology, BIOL 56400, Molecular Genetics and Development, Class Lecture Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, 2017
• IUPUI, Department of Biology, BIOL 56400, Molecular Genetics and Development, Class Lecture Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, 2016
• Argosy University May 2010 ─ PRN
Facilitation of Psychology undergraduate courses online.
• University of Phoenix – Beachwood Campus, Ground May 2010 ─ PRN Faculty Beachwood, Ohio
Adjunct Professor Phoenix, Arizona
(Clinical Experience) Counseling Experience
• Faithwalker Counseling & Consulting October 2010—Present
Owner / President
• DUI Intervention Prevention, Safety Through Education February 2009 ─ PRN Professional Counselor Cleveland, Ohio
• Notre Dame College of Ohio January 2009 ─ December 2009
Professional Counselor South Euclid, Ohio
• Berea Children’s Home & Family Services August 2008 – December 2008
Positions in Psychological Counseling & Research
Counselor Trainee Berea, Ohio
• John Carroll University – Beta Chi Chapter April 2007 – April 2008
• Vice President – Chi Sigma Iota University Heights, Ohio
• Co – Chair of Wellness Conference, Silent Auction, Doctoral Panel, and Internship panel
• Mentee of Research, Assessment & Measurement to Dr. Quinn
• Notre Dame College October 2005 – May 2006
Research Assistant South Euclid,
(Research Experience) Presentations & Publications
Conference Presentations & Publications
• A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between Sensation Seeking Behavior, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence, and Depression. 14th Annual Wellness Conference Poster Presentation of ( Published in Proceedings ) (2007)
• Poster Presentation at the International Conference on Emotional Intelligence – 2008 Select. Develop. Lead. Best Practices in Emotional Intelligence June 30th and July 1st - The Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago (concealed information) (2008)
• A Qualitative Perspective of Outreach Ministry From the Eyes of African American Women in Christian Ministries. Presentation at: Celebration of Scholarship. (2009)
• Sensation Seeking Behavior, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence, and Depression. A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between Sensation Seeking Behavior, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence, and Depression. Panel Presenter of Research at Celebration of Scholarship. John Carroll University (2008).
• Co-Chair, 14th Annual Wellness Conference. John Carroll University (2007)
• A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between Sensation Seeking Behavior, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence, and Depression. AOCC Poster Presentation of Research (2007)
• A Correlational Study of the Relationship Between Sensation Seeking Behavior, Life Satisfaction, Emotional Intelligence, and Depression. 14th Annual Wellness ConferencePoster Presentation of Research (2007)
Professional and Community Involvement
• Alcohol and Other Drugs Workshop, (2009) (Proposal, Organization and Facilitation.
• Music Therapy Intervention Workshop for Stress Relief & Test Anxiety, (2009) (Proposal, Organization and Facilitation)
• Art Therapeutic Interventions Workshop for Stress Relief & Test Anxiety, (2009), (Proposal, Organization and Facilitation)
• Stress Buster’s Workshop, (2009), (Proposal, Organization, and Facilitation.
• Take Back the Night Rally & Candle Light Vigil, (2009) (Planning & Coordination of Event)
• Alcohol Awareness Week Program, (2009) (Planning & Presentation)
• Health Week Presentation on Alcohol & Substance Abuse (2009) (Planning & Presentation)
• The Pioneers in Christ Street Evangelical Team Leadership Board (Youth Pastor for Street
• Leader of fundraising events for The Church of the Living God. (2003 – 2007)
• Events coordinator for: Art Exhibits, Poetry Sessions, Bazaar Public Relations & Advertising
• Events (2003 – 2007)
• Social Justice Activist Work with Interreligious Task Force & Ten Thousand Village Bazaar (2003–
• Gospel Liberator News, Founder & President (Currently not in Publication)
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