Roy W. Hamley, Ed.D., LPC, FT
Professor of Psychology
Phone: (615) 966-5753
Office: Ward 155
Dr. Roy Hamley has been teaching for at Lipscomb since 1974 and currently teaches Introduction to Psychology, Death and Dying and Business & Industrial Psychology for the undergraduate program. He also teaches Grief & Crisis Counseling and Multicultural Issues in Counseling for the graduate program. He has been awarded three "Outstanding Teacher" awards by the university for excellence in teaching. He has a B.A. in Psychology from UT Nashville, an M.A. in Psychology from
Philosophy of Teaching
My Philosophy of Teaching is simple: The classroom experience must be an engaging, exciting, and informative adventure. When it comes to education, if it's not happening in the classroom, it's not happening !! We as educators know, and our students know, when it's working in the classroom.
In my opinion, teaching is an art. It includes the art of establishing rapport with students, especially the difficult to reach students. Effective teaching includes reading the non-verbal communication in the classroom. Just as every student has her/his own personality, every class has a personality of its own.
In my 30+ years of teaching, I have discovered that the art of making a positive connection happens in the first few minutes of each class. In the words of a successful advertising campaign for a hair-care company, "You only have one chance to make a first impression." I am determined to set an expectation of excitement about psychology, an anticipation of the joy of learning, and an atmosphere of mutual respect. I think that has to happen in the first class meeting. My enthusiasm for teaching has not diminished over the three decades of experience. My motto as I stand in front of 250 students each semester (not a misprint) is... It's show-time!!!
The study of any discipline should be engaging, informative, and challenging. I present the Introduction to Psychology as a journey of discovery. I see my role as the facilitator of that process. As the guide on that discovery journey, I am determined to be the best at what I do. Effective teaching should include mutual respect, a focus on Christian values, and a love of learning.
Christian educators have an exceptional opportunity to be role models of how teachers and students are to relate to one another. One's Christian walk should be evident in and out of the classroom.