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Linfield faculty trio to give talk

Linfield CollegeThree Linfield College professors will discuss research in the areas of music, nursing and psychology during “Cat Talk,” a faculty lecture, Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

Tanya Tompkins, professor and chair of psychology; Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music; and Henny Breen, assistant professor of nursing, will present information about their research.

Tompkins will present “Reducing Stigma Toward the Transgender Community: An Evaluation of a Humanizing and Perspective-Taking Intervention.” Tompkins will share the results of a pilot study conducted with her students, which was designed to reduce stigma toward the transgender (TG) community. In addition, she will discuss implications of these findings for teaching and future work on changing attitudes toward the TG community. Tompkins, who has been at Linfield since 2002, holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a master’s and Ph.D. from UCLA.

Paddock will present “TAPS, The National Song of Remembrance: A Short History of America’s Most Famous Bugle Call,” which ties to PLACE, the Program for Liberal Arts and Civic Engagement. Paddock will speak on the history of the 24 notes that have stirred the hearts of soldiers, their families and survivors of American military conflict for more than 150 years. She will also present a live performance of the song. Paddock holds a bachelor’s, a master’s and a doctorate of music from Indiana University (Bloomington) and is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from the University of Indiana.

Breen will present “Using Online Collaborative Learning Theory to Assess the Collaborative Learning Process.” A growing body of evidence supports collaborative learning within many programs of study. However, there is no current accepted framework for judging what the best practice is in assessing online collaborative theory. Breen will review the findings of a qualitative study using transcript analysis to clarify the value of online collaborative learning theory as a way to assess the collaborative process. Breen, who has been at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Portland since 2011, holds a master’s in education from the University of Toronto, as well as a master’s in science and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by members of the Linfield faculty and is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, call 503-883-2409.