Faculty friday: Dr. Nicole rushing

Dr. Nicole Rushing

What made you decide to work at Campbell?

“I was excited to join the Campbell faculty in 2016 so that I could work closely with small groups of dedicated students and colleagues. Having been both a student and a faculty member at large institutions, I realize how difficult it can be to make meaningful connections with your professors when you are in a classroom among hundreds of students. I appreciated the opportunities I would have at Campbell to get to know and support students because of the availability of smaller classes, opportunities for faculty to provide academic advising for students in our major, and avenues to mentor students on research projects. The location of Campbell was also appealing to me. After living in five U.S. states, I was happy to return to central North Carolina, where I spent a large part of my childhood.”

Your favorite thing about Campbell?

“With a background in a helping profession (clinical psychology), the characteristic that immediately stands out to me about Campbell students is their dedication to service to others in our community and our campus. Specifically, I have observed that my students are genuinely excited to get involved and participate in community outreach. Since 2007, I have been an instructor at five universities, and I have never seen students support each other and engage in collaborative learning to the extent that I have at Campbell. For example, I frequently observe upper-level students provide assistance to first-year students, whether it is explaining how to best study for a certain class or helping them make connections on campus.  If I can point to one downside to this tendency, it is that sometimes students take on so much that they become overwhelmed! My advice would be to select just a few things (not 20!) that are most important to you, and focus on doing those things well. It is truly a pleasure to teach here.”

What are some accomplishments you are most proud of?

“The accomplishment that I am most proud of is establishing an annual memory screening event in our community that has been active since 2017. Each year I train and supervise a group of students who provide free memory screening and education to older adults in Harnett and Johnston counties. The event is an important service to our community, as well as a great way for students to get involved in cognitive assessment and research. I also get to work with a wonderful group of students in my role as faculty co-advisor of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.”

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