Psychology Professor April Kindrick will leave her full-time position and teach only online classes for now as an adjunct professor. In addition to teaching, she was a co-advisor for the Psychology/Sociology Club, a position she will no longer hold.
“April has served her students tirelessly inside and outside of the classroom,” said Kathryn Clancy, another co-advisor of the club.
Kindrick also served on the college’s Strategic Planning Committee. She said she was proud to help bring recognition to the school’s need for technology. She said in addition to the college needing to have up-to-date technology, much of the issue is supporting students and faculty in the use of the technologies.
More recently, Kindrick served on peer review committees for new faculty, which she will step down from as an adjunct faculty member.
“She has also been a wonderful colleague and is always willing to help out new faculty,” Clancy said.
Kindrick chose to resign her tenure, because she wants to spend more time with family in her home state of North Carolina, whom are having health issues. The college offered tenured professors a lump-sum payment to resign to adjunct positions due to state funding cuts. Kindrick said that was “just a perk” of her decision. Teaching online classes will allow her to spend time with her family across the country.
Kindrick said she has “high hopes” for the new online learning environment, Canvas. She said, “I surprisingly love the online classes. I thought I would hate it. I resisted for years. ‘No-way; no-how. That’s not an effective class, and students aren’t going to get as much out of it.’” But, after teaching online classes for a few years, her opinion changed.
She said she designs her classes so students must have more interaction with each other than in a usual class, which is helpful to learning. She said she also gets more one-on-one interaction with students. Some students find it easier to not be in a single classroom where everyone has to move at the same pace, she said.
Kindrick has taught almost every psychology class at the school, and some she never wants to teach again. As a mother of an eight-year-old daughter, teaching forensic psychology made her overly wary, she said.
Kindrick said she designs her classes to have a heavy experiential emphasis on application. She said it helps students understand and retain the concepts better because real life is about application. She said even if her students won’t remember all the terms, they are more likely to be able to use what they learned when they find themselves in applicable situations.
She said she has students in most classes do their own research to “get their feet wet.” They are then more prepared for upper-level classes to critically analyze research reports, she said.
Kindrick really enjoyed helping students in the club create original research projects and present them at professional conferences. She felt like a “proud parent,” she said.
She also said she will “miss the face-to-face” and might ask for another in-person class in the future.