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Dr. Vicki Sheafer

Program Chair, Undergraduate Psychology Programs
Professor of Psychology

Phone: (903) 233-3484
Email: VickiSheafer@letu.edu

 


Personal Statement

When I left Cincinnati to come to LeTourneau many years ago, a friend of mine gave me a verse:

Mark 10:29-30 says that “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.” This promise has been fulfilled in my life, time and time again, as God has poured out abundant mercy.

At LeTourneau University, we work together to prepare workers for the harvest. In a dark and dying world, Christian psychologists can be salt and light to the lost. We are in the business of training “missionaries.”

 


Background

Dr. Sheafer was born on a military base in Great Falls, Montana, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an active member of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Hallsville, Texas, where she sings in the choir and serves as a substitute teacher whenever needed.

Dr. Sheafer’s hobbies all revolve around sports and music. She plays basketball, softball, tennis, racquetball, soccer, volleyball, and runs in local races. She also stays up way too late watching Sports Center on ESPN.

 


Research Interests

Dr. Sheafer’s research interests involve the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology, with particular focus on quality teaching methodologies and student engagement. She is also working on research on creativity with a colleague in engineering under an NSF grant.

 


Education

  • Ph.D., 1994, Miami University, Social Psychology
  • M.A., 1992, Miami University, Social Psychology
  • B.S., 1990, Union College, Psychology and Sociology

 


Publications and Presentations

  • Sheafer, V. (2016, June 22). Service learning - Everybody’s doing it! You should too [Web blog post]. Retrieved from http://nobaproject.com/blog/2016-06-22-service-learning-mdash-everybody-s-doing-it-you-should-too
  • Sheafer, V. (2016). Humans of Longview: Using Social Media in Psychology Courses. Presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference. Dallas, TX. April 9, 2016.
  • Sheafer, V. (2016). Using Service Learning to Teach Classic Learning Theories In W. Altman, L. Stein, & J.E. Westfall (Eds.), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching (Vol. 16, pp. 5-8). Retrieved from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology Web site: http://teachpsych.org/ebooks/eit.php.
  • Sheafer, V. (2016). Using Service Learning to Teach Classic Learning Theories. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology Conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 5, 2016.
  • Sheafer, V. (2015). Using Courses to Increase Cultural Intelligence. Presented at the LeTourneau University Excellence in Teaching Conference. Longview, TX. August 14, 2015.
  • Sheafer, V. (2015). Can a Social Psychology Course Increase Cultural Intelligence? Presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference. Wichita, KS. April 10, 2015.
  • Sheafer, V. (2014). Using service learning to teach classic learning theories. Psychology Journal, 11 (2), 77-82.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Service Learning to Teach Classic Learning Theories. Presented at the Best Practices: Research-Based Approaches for Teaching Psychology Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 10, 2014.
  • Lamb, M., Elacqua, T., & Sheafer, V. Struggles Christian Women Experience and the Strategies They Use to Cope. Presented at the 7th Annual East Texas Psi Chi Research Conference. Tyler, TX, April 26, 2014.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Service Learning to Teach Classic Learning Theories. Presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Conference. San Antonio, TX. April 3, 2014.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology-Revised. Presented at the Best Practices: Research-Based Approaches for Teaching Psychology Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 11, 2013.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology-Revised. Presented at the Excellence in Teaching Conference. Longview, TX. August 16, 2013.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology. Presented at the SWPA/SWTOP conference. Fort Worth, TX, April 5, 2013.
  • Sheafer, V. Enriching Multiple Courses with the Use of an Extra-Credit Assignment. Presented at the Excellence in Teaching Conference. Longview, TX. August 17, 2012.
  • Sheafer, V. Enriching Multiple Courses with the Use of an Extra-Credit Assignment. Presented at the SWPA/SWTOP conference. Oklahoma City, OK, April 13, 2012.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 3, 2012.
  • Sheafer, V. (2011). Enriching multiple psychology courses with the use of an extra credit assignment. Psychology Journal, 8 (3), 118-122.
  • Sheafer, V. The Psychology Club as an Integral Part of the Undergraduate Experience. Presentation at the SWTOP/SWPA conference. San Antonio, TX. April 9, 2011.
  • Sheafer, V. Enriching Multiple Psychology Courses with the Use of an Extra Credit Assignment. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 3, 2011.
  • Sheafer, V. The Psychology Club as an Integral Part of the Undergraduate Experience. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 4, 2011.

 


Awards, Grants, and Certifications 

  • Awarded the Robert H. Selby Teaching Scholar Award in 2009-2010 and 2015-2016.
  • Named the Outstanding Professor for the College of Health Sciences, 2015-2016.
  • Awarded a Certificate of Teaching Excellence, February, 2016.
  • Was awarded a Faculty Scholarship Grant from the Office of the Provost in the amount of $1,400.00 for a project entitled "Using Service Learning to Teach Classic Learning Theories." April, 2015.
  • StateStats.org named Dr. Sheafer one of the Top 23 Psychology Professors in the state of Texas. December, 2012. (http://onlineschoolstexas.com/top-college-professors-in-texas/psychology/)
  • Awarded the Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence (including a certificate, a check for $250, and a complimentary registration at a future National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference) for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods was presented to Vicki Sheafer for her poster entitled "Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology." Notified May 25, 2012.
  • Awarded LeTourneau University Student Body Certificate of Appreciation for the Academic Year 2011-2012 by the Student Body Senate.
  • Awarded a Faculty Development Grant through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the amount of $1250.00 for a project entitled “Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology.” January, 2012.

 


Professional Activities

  • American Psychology Association (current member)
  • APA Division 2—Society for the Teaching of Psychology (current member)
  • Southwestern Psychological Association (current member)
  • Psi Chi (current member, faculty advisor for LETU Chapter)

 


Community Involvement

  • Participating in and Leading Psychology Club service projects such as the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Sutton’s Children’s Hospital, Windridge Equestrian Center, and the Boys/Girls Club.
  • Advisory Board member for Ancient Path Ministries, which links churches in the United States to churches in Cuba.

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