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Christine Harrington, Ph.D.

Christine Harrington, Ph.D.
Middlesex County College

Christine Harrington is a dedicated instructor who serves in many roles. In addition to holding a full-time teaching position within the psychology department, she serves the Director of the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching and the coordinator for Education and Student Success Programs. Fostering a strength based mindset is at the heart of her teaching philosophy. She strongly believes in the importance of self-efficacy. She focuses on building academic resilience in her students by helping them develop the skills needed to persevere even in the face of challenging and negative academic experiences. To accomplish high levels of academic resilience, she focuses on their mindset and support system. She helps them develop optimistic attitudes and interpret events productively. Scholarly research on attribution theory, cognitive psychology, and motivational theory guide her actions in the classroom. She emphasizes that mistakes are learning opportunities and sets her students up for successful outcomes by giving intentional and impacful assignments. She increased the academic rigor of the campus's freshman seminar course, rooted in her belief that getting students to engage in higher level cognitive tasks in their first year is a main factor in their success. She serves in a mentoring role, challenging and guiding students on their journey toward their goals. She utilizes reflection as one of her most powerful methods, as she is continually asking students to self-monitor their progress, reflect on what strategies are or are not working, and modify accordingly. By assisting students with reading actual research articles and talking more about research based success factors, students are thinking deeply about student success topics. The theme is holding students accountable while also creating a culture of support. Every action she takes in and outside of the classroom is carefully crafted to support students on their journey toward success.

 

 

 

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