Interview with Dr. Jennifer Shewmaker

Jennifer Shewmaker
 

Dr. Shewmaker's curriculum vitae (pdf)

Interview with Jennifer W. Shewmaker, Ph.D.,

 

 

 What unique experiences and or advantages do you think ACU graduates have?

The small student to teacher ratio is a big advantage. Professors at ACU really care about their students and are willing to work with them to achieve their goals and even challenge them to achieve more than they had planned. Sometimes that means helping a student prepare for the graduate school or profession of their choice, sometimes it means not accepting excuses for poor work.

 

What is an average class like? How do you lecture? What is your teaching philosophy/style?

 I believe that people learn best when they can apply new knowledge to what they already know, manipulate the information in a meaningful way, and relate it to important issues in the area. So, my classes are active learning classrooms. We spend a lot of time applying the information from the text books to real world problems and observing the principles we're discussing in the real world. We have a lot of class discussions, small group work, guest speakers, and reflections on our own experiences. My goal is for my students to leave the class having further developed their own ideas about the topics, rather than echoing mine or those in the text book.

 

What do you expect from students?

Hard work and personal commitment. It's your education so I expect you to be as committed to learning the material and applying it to your life as I am to teaching it.

 

What strengths do you bring to the department?

I really love helping people reach their goals. If a student is willing to invest their efforts into reaching that goal, I'll go the extra mile to help them. I also know a lot of people in the school psychology profession statewide and nationally, so I can help my student's make connections professionally.

 
What are your Research Interests?

Program Development and Evaluation, Assessment, special needs in the schools, with a focus on particular populations like gifted students or students attending international schools. District wide programming and evaluation of response to intervention

 

 

What is your personal background? What is most important to you?

I grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas then went to ACU, and graduate school at TWU in Denton. My husband and I lived in central Europe for 5 years where I worked as school psychologist in the international schools and he worked in business, we then moved to Abilene to both work at ACU. I never pictured myself being a professor at a university, but I really enjoy it. It allows our family to spend more time together than we could when my husband worked in the business world. We feel that nurturing our children and our relationship is the most important thing we can do, and this job allows us to do that. The most important thing to me is to be the person that God wants me to be. My family is my top priority, then my job. I'm committed to being God's person in both those settings and hope that comes across to my children and my students.

 

 

What is your education background and dissertation topic?

I got my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from ACU then my Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University in School Psychology. My dissertation topic was comparing the cognitive patterns of ADHD-vs-Normal girls on the WJ-R Tests of Cognitive Abilities.

 

 

What are your published works?

Abstracts

Comparing WISC-III Scores of International Students to Normative Sample, National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention Final Program and Abstracts, 2004, 60.

Assessing Educational Difficulties in the International School Setting, National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention Final Program and Abstracts, 2004, 130-131.

Case Studies as Performance-Based Evaluations of Students’ Data-Based Skills, National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention Final Program and Abstracts, 2005, 187.

The Use of U.S.-Normed Instruments in International School Settings,National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention Final Program and Abstracts, 2005, 213.

Papers Presented

Shewmaker, J.W. (2005). The Use ofU.S.Normed Instruments in International School Settings.National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Shewmaker, J.W. (2005). Case Studies as Performance-Based Evaluations of Student Data-Based Skills. National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.

Shewmaker, J.W., Crosby, J. & Lankford, C. (2004). Comparing WISC-III Scores of International Students to Normative Sample. National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, Dallas, Texas. By Proxy.

Shewmaker, J.W. (2003). School Psychology: Programs, Issues, and Ethics. Abilene Psychological Association, Abilene, Texas.

Shewmaker, J.W. (2001). Cultural Transition in Adolescents. American Clinics International, Budapest, Hungary.

Shewmaker, J.W. (2001). Children in Transition. American Clinics International, Budapest, Hungary.

Shewmaker, J.W. (1999). Basic Parenting Skills. International Christian Fellowship, Warsaw, Poland.

Shewmaker, J.W. (1998). Parenting Third Culture Kids. International Christian Fellowship, Warsaw, Poland.

Shewmaker, J.W.  & Jilich, J. (1998). The Challenge of Change. American Medical Center, Warsaw, Poland.

Shewmaker,  J.W. (1997). Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder. International Women’s Business Association, Warsaw, Poland.

Shewmaker, J.W. (1996). Aiding Children in Cultural Transition. American Medical Center, Warsaw, Poland.

Shewmaker, J.W. (1995). An Intervention Model for Violence Prevention. Ft. Worth Independent School District, Ft. Worth, TX.

DeOrnellas, K, Jackley, P., Marriott-Slay, G., Shewmaker, J.W., & Wooten, S. (1995). Domestic Violence: A perspective from the schools. Texas Association of School Psychologists Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.

DeOrnellas, K, Jackley, P., Marriott-Slay, G., Shewmaker, J.W., & Wooten, S. (1995). Domestic Violence: A perspective from the schools. National Conference on Domestic Violence. Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX.

DeOrnellas, K., Marriott-Slay, G., Shewmaker, J.W., & Wooten, S. (1994). Using Psychological First Aid in the School Setting. Texas Association of School Psychologists Annual Meeting, Austin, TX.

Shewmaker, J.W. & Addison, L. (1994). Understanding Attention Deficit Disorder, Memorial Church of Christ, Houston, TX.

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