When asked why she came to Knox, Gail Ferguson, the new assistant professor of psychology, said, “I liked the philosophy of education here, in that the students create the learning.”
Ferguson earned her Bachelor’s degree at Williams College and her Master’s and Ph.D. at Bowling Green State University. She was attracted to Knox in part because of its similarity to Williams College, both in philosophy and in the fact that Knox encourages active research. In addition, one of the professors she knew at Williams College, Noah Sandstrom, graduated from Knox in 1994. When she came for her job interview, she found that she liked the students and professors. She also appreciated the fact that the members of the psychology department seemed to get along well.
Ferguson is currently teaching Clinical and Abnormal Psychology (Psych 277) and working with psychology students on their senior research projects (Psych 360). In later terms, she may also teach Intro to Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and possibly a 300 level Clinical or Development class. She also hopes to continue the research on Jamaican families she began before coming to Knox with a cross-cultural research project.