Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
http://bristolcc.edu/

Mary Zahm, Ph.D.
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology
Director, Civic Engagement

     Office: L117
     Extension: x2579

Education:
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
M.A, Rhode Island College
B.A., B.S., Roger Williams University

Philosophy:
My passion is to help students reach their full potential by offering them challenging, intellectually stimulating and personally meaningful courses and by teaching them the academic skills they need to succeed in college and life.

Courses Taught:
HON 295 Seminar on Community Leadership
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 165 Psychology of Learning, Motivation, and Achievement
PSY 252 Child Development
PSY 259 Psychology of Personal Adjustment
PSY 263 Honors Seminar in Empowering Women

Affiliations:
1980 - Present: Association for Women in Psychology, National and Rhode Island Member.
Leadership Coordinator of Rhode Island Group from 1992 to 1999.

Member of National Conference Planning Committee for 1981, and Co-Coordinator in 1989, 1999 and 2009.
1993 - 2009: American Psychological Association.
1995 - 2007: Eastern Psychological Association.
1996 - Present: New England Psychological Association.
Newsletter Editor from 1999 - 2003
Conference Coordinator from 2003 - 2004
President from 2004-2005
1996 - 2008: International Council of Psychologists.
1996 - Present: Council of Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology.
2006 - 2008: International Association of Applied Psychologists.

Publications:

Books

  • (2010). Create your ideal life: Applied psychology of personal adjustment and growth. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
  • (2006). 110 Strategies for success in college and life. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse
  • Journal Articles

  • (2003). Continuing Education. Teaching Gender and Multicultural Awareness, 325-338.
  • (2002). Development of the Student Success Scale to predict non-intellectual factors related to student retention and achievement. Issues in Teaching and Learning, 1(1),
  • (1998). Creating a feminist mentoring network. Career strategies for women in academe: Arming Athena, 239-241.
  • (1989). Continuing Education. Teaching a Psychology of People, 200-208.
  • Presentations:

    Posters

  • "Psychology of Personal Adjustment: A Holistic, Life Planning Approach" Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersberg, FL (January, 2000)
  • Presentations

  • "How Faculty Can Provide Students with a More Significant Learning Experience by Incorporating Service-Learning" with Clark, R.. New England Teachers of Psychology. Fairfield, CT (October, 2011)
  • "Students as Colleagues Leadership Program Promotes Networking across Generations of Feminists" Association for Women in Psychology National Conference. Philidelphia, PA (March, 2011)
  • "Service-Learning 101: Improving Student Learning through Service" with Clark, R.; Boulay, J.. Professional Day. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (March, 2010)
  • "Creating a Culture of Engagement Within and Beyond the Classroom Through Civic Engagement and Service-Learning" with Clark, R.. New England Campus Compact Regional Conference. Burlington, VT (April, 2010)
  • "How Can a College Create a Culture of Engagement Within and Beyond the Classroom and Enhance Student Student’s Learning?" with Clark, R.. Teaching and Learning Conference. Bunker Hill Community College Boston, MA (April, 2010)
  • "How Can Faculty Foster the Development of an Ethic of Caring for Others among Students? " Association of Women in Psychology Conference. Portland, OR (March, 2010)
  • "Moving Feminist Principles Out of the Classroom and Encouraging Social Activism with Civic Engagement and Leadership" Association of Women in Psychology Conference. San Diego, CA (March, 2008)
  • "Helping poor women bridge the gap between college and professional careers through service-learning" Association of Women in Psychology Conference. San Francisco, CA (March, 2007)
  • "Online Strategies for Student Success and Retention" with Sowa, M.. Annual Conference of Massachusetts Colleges Online (MCO). Middlesex Community College Lowell, MA (May, 2007)
  • "Innovative Ideas for Online Courses" Association of Women in Psychology National Conference. Ypsilanti, MI (March, 2006)
  • "Helping women bridge the gap between college and professional careers through service-learning" International Council of Psychology Conference. Kos, Greece (July, 2006)
  • "Benefits of Incorporating Service-Learning into Psychology Courses" International Council of Psychology Conference. Kos, Greece (July, 2006)
  • "Incorporating Service-Learning into an Online Psychology of Women Course" Annual Convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. Tampa, FL (March, 2005)
  • "Using WebCT to Teach the General Psychology Course in both Distance Learning and Traditional Classrooms" 10th Northeast Conference for Teachers of Psychology (NECTOP). Rhode Island College Providence, RI (October, 2004)
  • "Teaching Gender and Multicultural Awareness in Continuing Education Courses" with Quina, K. . Annual Convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. Jersey City, NJ (March, 2003)
  • "Psychological Factors Related to Success in College" Rhode Island Teaching of Psychology Conference. Johnson & Wales University Providence, RI (April, 2003)
  • "Critical Thinking in Your CAR" with Swidey, M.. Massachusetts Community College Conference on Teaching and Learning. Holyoke Community College Holyoke, MA (April, 2002)
  • "Strategies for Empowering Girls and Women" 7th Northeast Regional Conference for Teachers of Psychology. Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT (October, 2001)
  • "Designing and Teaching Effective Web-Based Courses" with Sowa, M.. 5th Annual Massachusetts Community Colleges' Conference on Teaching & Learning. Mass Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, MA (March, 2001)
  • "Empowering women through multi-cultural distance learning" International Council of Psychologists Convention. Winchester, England (July, 2001)
  • "When You Get to a Fork in the Road, Take Them Both: Creating and Designing Effective Web Courses" with Sowa, M.. League for Innovation in the Community College Conference on Information Technology. Minneapolis, MN (November, 2001)
  • "Development of the Proactivity Scale to predict non-intellectual factors related to student retention and achievement" with Rollins, J., Merenda, P. F., & Burkholder, G.. 58th International Council of Psychologists Conference. Padua, Italy (July, 2000)
  • "Community education to stop the violence, break the cycleóLocally and globally" 58th International Council of Psychologists Conference. Padua, Italy (July, 2000)
  • "The Examined Life" with Grandchamp, J., & Winstanley, V.. Annual convention of the Association for Women. Providence, RI (March, 1999)
  • "Psychological and social barriers facing women in transition" Annual convention of the International Council of Psychologists. Salem, MA (August, 1999)
  • "Continuing Education: Integrating Feminist Theories into the Personal Adjustment Course" Annual convention of The Association for Women in Psychology. Pittsburg, PA (March, 1997)
  • "Teaching via e-mail: Courses by wire" with Quina, K. . Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Washington, DC (April, 1997)
  • "Teaching Personal Adjustment to Students in Transition" Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Washington, DC (April, 1997)
  • "Logic, emotion, and the paradigm of persuasion revisited using argument about smoking among college students" with Brown, J. L.. New England Psychological Association meeting. Stonehill College Easton, MA (October, 1997)
  • "Teaching a psychology of people" with Quina, K. . Annual convention of The Association for Women in Psychology. Newport, RI (March, 1989)
  • "Participating in the seminar on strategies for equality in the 80's: A personal experience" Annual convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. Denver, CO (March, 1987)
  • "Media constructions of women: From mythology to mindset" Annual convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. New York, NY (March, 1985)
  • "Attributions about informal leaders: Does sex make a difference?" with Rollins, J., Hennen, F., Scorpio, E., Marzulo, B., & Morand, L.. Annual meetings of the American Psychological Association. Washington, DC (August, 1983)
  • "Stress and role conflict in the BMOC (i.e., Busy Mom On Campus)" with Quina, K., & Stang, D.. Annual convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. Seattle, WA (March, 1982)
  • "The older woman in school: Research and intervention models" with Quina, K., Stang, D., Buttenbaum, M., Marceau, M., &, Angell, J.. New England Association for Women in Psychology conference on the Psychology of Women. Boston, MA (March, 1982)
  • "From personal experience to personalized research: A cooperative project" with Quina-Holland, K.. New England Association for Women in Psychology spring regional conference. Boston, MA (May, 1982)
  • "Integrating gender balanced courses into the psychology curriculum" with Quina-Holland, K.. New England Psychological Association annual meeting. Worcester, MA (October, 1982)
  • "Victimization and women: An advanced undergraduate level course" with Quina-Holland, K.. Annual convention of The Association for Women in Psychology. Boston, MA (March, 1981)
  • "Attributions about rape: Effects of situational determinants across dependent measures, sex of respondent and attitudes toward women" with Quina-Holland, K. . Annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. New York, NY (April, 1981)
  • "Value of gender-related balance in continuing education instruction" with Quina-Holland, K., & Rohrbaugh, J. B.. Annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. Los Angeles, CA (August, 1981)
  • Professional Workshops

  • "Create Your Ideal Life: Turn the Movie of Your Life Into the Life of Your Dreams" ASFCCE Brown Bag Lunch Series. University of Rhode Island Providence, RI (April, 2003)
  • "Designing and Teaching Effective Distance Learning Courses" with Sowa, M.. New England Psychological Association Annual Conference. River College Nashua, NH (October, 2002)
  • "How can a Sense of Community be Created in Web Based Distance Learning Courses?" with Sowa, M.. New England Faculty Development Consortium. The College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA (November, 2002)
  • "Teaching Personal Empowerment Strategies in Psychology Courses" with Rollins, J. H.. Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology. St. Petersberg, FL (January, 1999)
  • "Breaking the chains: Proactively ending abuse" with Rollins, J.H.. Annual convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. Baltimore, MD (March, 1998)
  • "The Examined Life Course Cluster" with Grandchamp, J., & Winstanley, V.. Second Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning in Community Colleges. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (April, 1998)
  • "Empowering Women in Transition" with Rollins, J.H.. Annual convention of the Association for Women in Psychology. Pittsburg, PA (March, 1997)
  • "Create your ideal life: Ten steps for turning your ideal future life movie into your real life" Professional Development Day. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (March, 1997)
  • "Empowering people in transition" with Rollins, J.H.. Training workshop for Rhode Island State Employees. Providence, RI (September, 1997)
  • "Empowering women in transition from domestic violence" with Rollins, J.H.. Annual state convention of the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc.. Indianapolis, IA (October, 1997)
  • "Strategies for increasing student participation in class discussions" with Gilbert, C., Olmstead, E., & Lawton, D.. Professional Development Day. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (March, 1996)
  • "Gender equity in college teaching" Orientation, Division of Continuing Education. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (September, 1995)
  • "Biased information on inter-racial differences in cognitive abilities in The Bell Curve" Cultural Diversity Committee Meeting. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (February, 1995)
  • "Strategies for empowering women students in math" Professional Development Day. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (March, 1994)
  • "Sex-related differences in attitudes toward math" Professional Development Day. Bristol Community College Fall River, MA (October, 1994)
  • "Sex-related differences in math: Aptitude or attitude?" Expanding Girlsí Horizons in Math/Science Conference. Naval Underwater Sea Command Newport, RI (October, 1992)
  • "Life planning strategies and tools" Woman to Woman Conference. Community College of Rhode Island Lincoln, RI (October, 1990)
  • "Women and achievement in science and technology" The Womenís Connection Conference. Salve Regina University Newport, RI (March, 1987)
  • "Helping girls gain requisite skills for achieving in mathematics" The Newport Association for Women in Business. Newport, RI (October, 1984)
  • Web Demonstrations

  • "Community Education Program to Stop the violence, Break the Cycle ñ Locally and Globally" University of Rhode Island, College of Continuing Education. Providence, RI (January, 2000)
  • Awards:
    2010 Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Northern Rhode Island
    2007 Professor of the Year from the University of Rhode Island, Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education, Providence, RI.
    2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
    2007 Nominated for CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award by Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
    2002 Excellence in Teaching Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), Community College Leadership Program, University of Texas at Austin, Texas.
    2002 Class of Distinction (COD) Award from Massachusetts College Online.
    2001 Inducted into Sceptre and Scroll Society. Awarded for Excellence in Teaching and Community Service. Bristol Community College, Fall River, Massachusetts.
    1997 Silver Shield Award for Excellence in Teaching and Community Service. Bristol Community College

    Interests:
    Service-Learning, Student Retention and Success, Adult Development, Psychology of Women