Scott Sinnett


Associate Professor,
Department of Psychology

Dr. Scott Sinnett in the Department of Psychology is described by a colleague who has many opportunities to hear how large numbers of undergraduate students view their Professor Sinnett, and gives testiment that he is “known for his rigor in teaching some of the more difficult courses in cognitive science and memory” simultaneous with being “easy to approach and readily supports student learning and desire to further their studies.” Sinnett is described by a non-traditional student as “bright, enthusiastic and knowledgeable” with the added valued of being “among the funniest and good-humored professors.” Beyond his dedication to delivering exemplary lectures, he expands his pedagogical methods to visual demonstrations that are mindful and diverse, utilizes current social trends, humor and intriguing research, and strongly encourages class participation even in the largest of classes. In every way, Dr. Sinnett elevates energy levels and fosters highly collaborative learning environments. Of his regular meetings with Professor Sinnett, an Honors student speaks of how much valuable insight he gains on becoming a better writer, presenter and researcher. A former graduate teaching assistant elaborated on how “he has not only helped me to refine my skills as an academic researcher and scientist, but as an instructor as well,” by providing an extensive network of support and guidance on how to: develop class projects and activities; effectively run a classroom; dealing with unexpected obstacles, and developing a course of one’s own from the ground up. There is a seamless relationship between his mentoring and his teaching in class, such as when Dr. Sinnett organized an informal for undergraduate students designed to provide them with insights into pursuing graduate studies. One graduate student, when asked when he knew he wanted to be a psychologist, says he always answers, “Sophomore year, cognitive psychology, with Dr. Sinnett.” In the estimation of a non-traditional student, she expresses the sentiment that her professor’s dedication to teaching and his students is such that “I believe that it would be extremely meaningful to Professor Sinnett to be granted this award!” There is a tendency for students to enroll in as many of Dr. Sinnett’s courses as they can. Indeed one undergraduate student writes that: “one great educational experience can change a life forever and Scott has changed my life.”

Department of Psychology