Michelle Drouin

Michelle Drouin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

When: March 2, Noon–1 p.m.

Where: Helmke Library (northwest corner of 1st floor)

Details: Free; refreshments provided; no reservations necessary

“Involving Undergraduates in Research and Teaching: The Good, The Bad, and The Awesome”

When: March 2   •   Where: Helmke Library (northwest corner of 1st floor)   •   Cost: Free

Since joining the IPFW Department of Psychology, Michelle Drouin, Ph.D., has developed a synergy between her teaching, research, and service. This has resulted in an active undergraduate research lab, a productive research agenda that has attracted international media attention, and service to the campus that has helped to enrich teaching and learning.

Drouin mentors 5-15 research assistants (RAs) each semester in conducting psychological research. Aside from learning the methods and ethical standards of conducting psychological research, these RAs are also encouraged to present their collaborative work at local, regional, and national conferences and serve as coauthors on peer-reviewed publications. Drouin has supervised more than 60 RAs—33 have presented their work at conferences and 9 have been coauthors on publications. These experiences provide a wonderful foundation for future graduate work and give undergraduates practice in the oral and written presentation skills necessary for any future career.

Since 2008, Drouin has had a two-pronged research agenda, producing both disciplinary and pedagogical works related to the impacts of technology on relationships, communication, and teaching and learning. Drouin’s work on sexting, digital infidelity, and technology addiction has attracted attention from international media sources like The Huffington Post, NBC News, and The New York Times. Many students have been coauthors on these works, and she has also developed active collaborations with a number of IPFW faculty members by integrating issues related to technology into their existing research agendas. Meanwhile, Drouin has also been focused on the ways in which technology can be used in the classroom, leading SoTL research projects on two major IPFW initiatives—implementing iPads in the classroom and mentoring online teachers to improve online students’ learning.

With regard to service related to teaching, Drouin is a SoTL mentor for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, providing SoTL mentorship to psychology colleagues at various institutions across the U.S., and she also coordinated a SoTL writing workshop at IPFW. Additionally, Drouin has served on the CELT Advisory Board, and is currently the lead teaching fellow, an active FACET member, the chair of the Assessment Council, and a member of the Online Course Review Team. In all of these roles, Drouin works hard to support teaching and learning at IPFW and beyond.