John Weaver Professor of Psychology Psychology

Cal's Stats Class Webpage

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 Teaching 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:://
Selected Teaching Presentations
  • 2021 More Reps for Better Learning.

  • 2021 Creating More Items More Quickly in Canvas (with Sydney Brown of CTT).

  • 2020 Garbin, C. P. The “Backward Design” of You as a Teacher. Presented at the 2020 NITOP conference, January 2020.
  • 2020 Teaching Strategies the Increase Instructor-Student Connection (with Manda Williamson). Presented at July 9, 2020 at CTT July Workshop Series, Written up in CTT webpage.
  • 2020 Classroom- Based Learning (& Caring) and Doing. Presented at CAS Teaching Academy Symposium - Work-based Learning at UNL, February 6, 2020
  • 2019 Teaching/Learning Strategy Sessions: Going “Beyond Cognition” to Prepare Teachers and Students. Invited by College of Business Teaching and Learning Center.
  • 2019 Looking Beyond Classes to Careers: Preparing Students for Their Careers in Your Class. Presented at 2019 Spring UNL Teaching and Learning Symposium, February 22, 2019.
  • 2018 Your Teaching Success Begins with “Who You Wanna Be”. Presented at re-Inaugural meeting of UNL Century Club, Jan 16, 2018.
  • 2015 Creating a Culture of Success: by Teaching Better. Presented at UNL 2015 Fall Symposium: Creating a Culture of Success, Nov 13, 2015
  • 2009 A Potpourri of Pedagogical Possibilities: Presentation to Special Education & Speech Disorders Instructional Workshop.

  • 2008 Data Cleaning: Doing It and Teaching It. Workshop presented to research faculty at Boys Town, Nebraska.

  • 2008 Teaching “the New Approach to Validation” to Clients, Academics & Lawyers. Presented to Talent+ Research, Customer Integration & Legal Divisions.

  • 2007 Podcasting and Other Instructional uses of Audio Files. Workshop for the University of Nebraska – Kearney Instructional Excellence Center.

    2006 Alternative Models for Instructional Action Research. Presentation to Nebraska Psychological Society

  • 2005 Integrating Instructional Design into Client Certification Procedures. Talent+

    2004 Engaging Students in Research: Now and Forever. Presentation at the Interim Workshop for Faculty Development

  • 2003 Course Portfolios and Programmatic Explorations of Student Learning. Presented at the annual UNL Graduate Teaching Assistant Workshop.

  • 2003 Features of On-Line Assignments that Promote Student Learning – When Theory and Experience Collide Trust the Data! Presentation to the Summer EDUworkshop.

  • 2003 “Teaching for Success” in a Diverse Classroom. Presentation and panel discussion sponsored by the Equity, Access & Diversity Program.

Selected Teaching Awards
  • Named John Weaver Professor of Psychology, 2010-2024.
  • Awarded Instructor of the Year 2010 by the UNL Undergraduate Psychology Organization.
  • Awarded the NU System-wide Outstanding Teaching & Instructional Creativity Award (OTICA), 2008-2009.
  • Awarded a Hazel R. McClymont Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, 2006-2007.
  • Received award for 25 years of contributing to Graduate College Fall Teaching Workshops. (1990-2015)

  • 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), 2012, 2013, 2014, 2019, 2020 (and 20 year award), 2021 from the UNL Parents Association and Teaching Council of UNL.

  • Awarded Faculty Member of the Year 2006, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2022 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.