Dr. Jen Wallin-Ruschman Psychology Assistant Professor
I teach a range of courses, including social psychology, community psychology, qualitative research methods, health psychology, and gender and sexuality. My teaching and research are both influenced by critical and feminist pedagogies. I think of learning and knowledge production as a collaborative and participatory process. An action orientation is also central to my work- come to class prepared to engage in real-world application and project-based learning with an aim towards social change.
As a community-based researcher, the topics I investigate shift with the community I am working with and their identified needs. However, my approach to research is always rooted in respect for multiple ways of knowing and the experiences of research participants. I mix methods when conducting research but I often focus more on qualitative methodologies, including focus groups, photovoice, open-ended surveys, and interviews. I love collaborating and mentoring students on research projects or just chatting about methods. Please stop by anytime to talk or explore ways you might get involved in research or action.
I live with my partner and two young daughters in Boise. I love coffee, dessert, and fantasy books. I enjoy running, biking, swimming, camping, and yoga but don’t always have time to follow through on these with regularity.
2016 - present Assistant Professor, The College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID.
2013-2016 Assistant Professor, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton, GA.
2013 Visiting Instructor, Willamette University, Salem, OR.
2012-2013 Instructor, Portland State University, Portland, OR.
- Ph. D., 2014, Applied Psychology (specialization in Social and Community), Portland State University
- M.S., 2011, Psychology, Portland State University
- B.A., 2008 , Psychology, Sociology, and Biology, University of Louisville