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Dr. Jamie S. Hughes

Associate Professor

"I want students to learn how to apply psychological concepts to solve problems, engage in skepticism, and to live more fulfilling and happy lives."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. — New Mexico State University, 2010

Career Highlights:

  • Over 10 years of experience teaching psychology at the undergraduate level
  • Recipient of the University of Texas System Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award, established to recognize faculty who demonstrate commitment and excellence in teaching and granted to 20 tenured professors from among nine UT system academic components in 2017
  • Published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed psychology journals
  • Has lead several workshops related to teaching pedagogy

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In which online degree program do you teach?

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

Which classes do you teach online?

Social Psychology; Experimental Psychology; and Senior Seminar

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

I want students to learn how to apply psychological concepts to solve problems, engage in skepticism, and to live more fulfilling and happy lives.

Why did you start teaching?

My college experience was so meaningful and fun. My college professors challenged me to grow and think and I wanted to do the same for others.

What's the best advice that you could give your students?

Enjoy the process of learning and connect to what is meaningful in your life.

What qualities make someone particularly successful in psychology?

Students who can tolerate ambiguity, solve problems, demonstrate empathy and persist in the face of challenges are particularly well-suited for careers in psychology.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in the psychology profession face today?

As an experimental psychologist, the biggest challenge is in making psychological science public, transparent and communicating its importance for policy.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

This is hard because there are so many inspiring books. I would recommend everyone read the paper and support good journalism.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I am a foodie. I love to cook and enjoy a meal made by someone who also loves the art of cooking.

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