Calvin Garbin

John Weaver Professor of Psychology Psychology

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I joined the UNL faculty in 1985, after receiving my degree in experimental psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington. My initial investigations of multimodal perception and crossmodal memory for object attributes such as shape and texture eventually gave way to an overwhelming desire to understand how web-based technology can be used to increase the speed, depth, and application of student learning. My courses include a cradle-to-grave (well, sophomore-to-doctorate, at least) series of research methods and data analysis classes. Much of my research is collaborative, which, along with my consulting work, allows me to apply and continually broaden my methodological and statistical skills - and have some great stories for class.

Selected Recent Publications
  • Chapter 21: Teaching Competencies (2009). Johnson, B.C., DiLillo, D., & Garbin, C.P.. Thomas & Hersen, Eds. The Handbook of Clinical Psychology, Springer.
  • Garbin, C. P. & Hansen, David, J, (2008). Increasing undergraduate research participation: From classrooms to conferences. In Miller, R.L. et. Al. Eds. Developing, Promoting, & Sustaining the Undergraduate Research Experience in Psychology. Division 2, American Psychological Association, http:://teachpsych.org/e-books/e-books.php
  • Huss, M., Tomkins, A., Garbin, C. P., & Schopp, B. (in press). Battered women who kill their abusers: An examination of commonsense notions, cognitions, and judgments. Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Selected Teaching Presentations
  • Academic Success: Getting Through It and Getting Beyond It Depends upon Getting To It Presented at the Mid-Semester Check (2004-2010)
  • An Empirical Approach to Teaching Improvement and Documentation. Presented at the Fall Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop (2002-2010).
  • Garbin, C. P. (2008). Blending Our Hopes & Dreams with Theirs (or Is It Perhaps Bending Their Wills to Ours): Telling Students Your Instructional Goals & Strategies to Promote Their Investment & Performance. A symposium presented at the Joint Teaching Conference held by Nebraska Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas: Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Garbin, C. P. & DeWester, D. (2006). What happened to learning, student evaluations, and attendance when I started Podcasting. A symposium presented at the 26th Annual meeting of Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas: Hays, Kansas
  • Ware, M. E., Cathey, C., Miller, R. and Garbin, C. P. (2005). Engaging Psychology Undergraduates in Scholarly Inquiry. A symposium presented at the 25th Annual meeting of Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas: Emporia, Kansas
  • Garbin, C. P. Promoting Undergraduate Research at UNL (2004). Invited presentation at the 24th Annual Meeting of Psychology and Educational Research at Kansas: Kearney, Nebraska
  • Garbin, C. P. & Whitwer, L. M. (2004). Adding Flash Animation to Lectures and On-line Exercises: Examples and Student Learning Outcomes from Teaching Statistics. Paper presented at 34rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology: Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Whitwer, L. M. & Garbin, C. P. (2004). Suppressor Situations: A 3-Ring Circus. Paper presented at 34rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology: Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Garbin, C. P. & Whitwer, L. M. (2003). Improving the Educational Value of Under-graduate Research Participation. Paper presented at 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology: Vancouver, Canada.
  • Garbin, C. P. & Whitwer, L. M. (2003). Multiple Regression Models Involving Interactions: A Plotting and Simulation Program. Paper presented at 33th Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology: Vancouver,.
  • Garbin, C. P. & DeWester, D. (2002). Statistical Assignments & Examinations On-Line: Software & Learning Outcomes. Paper presented at 32th Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology: Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Garbin, C. P. (2002) Effective Web-Based Learning. Poster presented a national conference hosted by the National Center for Instructional Technology in Education: Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Garbin, C. P., DeWester, D. & Shapley, K. (2001). Software for Web-based Delivery and Grading of Statistical Analysis Assignments. Paper presented at 31th Annual Meeting of the Society for Computers in Psychology: Orlando, Florida.
Selected Teaching Awards
  • Named John Weaver Professor of Psychology, 2010-2014.
  • Awarded Instructor of the Year 2010 by the UNL Undergraduate Psychology Organization.
  • Awarded the NU System-wide Outstanding Teaching & Instructional Creativity Award, 2008-2009.
  • Awarded a Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • Received Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students in 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996 (and 5 year award), 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 (and 10 year award), and 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010 & 2011 (and 15 year award) from the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council of UNL.
  • Awarded Faculty Member of the Year 2006 by the UNL Undergraduate Psychology Organization.
  • Admitted to the UNL Academy of Distinguished Teachers 2003.
  • Received Award for Distinguished Teaching from College of Arts and Sciences, 1993-1994, 2002-2003.
  • Awarded Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the Association of Students at the University of Nebraska (ASUN) -- 2001-2002.
  • Nomination for Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the Association of Students at the University of Nebraska (ASUN) -- 1996-1997 & 2006-2007.