After teaching at The College of Wooster in Ohio and Elmira College in upstate New York, Dr. Charles Brewer came to Furman in 1967, was promoted to the rank of Professor in 1970, and was named the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Psychology in 1998. He received the first Meritorious Teaching Award at Furman in 1969 and served as chair of the Psychology Department from 1972 until 1984. He has received numerous awards at local, state, regional, and national levels for exemplary teaching and mentoring. His academic profile was included in The Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors in 2012.

Dr. Brewer has been a consultant on psychology curricula and on the teaching of psychology for many colleges and universities throughout the country. He was editor of the journal Teaching of Psychology for 12 years and has co-edited five books. He has also published many book chapters and journal articles. Knowledgeable about John B. Watson, the early behavioral psychologist who graduated from Furman in 1899, Dr. Brewer has presented many lectures on Watson throughout North America. His chapter, “Perspectives on John B. Watson,” was published in Portraits of Pioneers in Psychology. He has participated in many major conferences on undergraduate education in psychology during the past 40 years, including keynote addresses at the International Conference on Education in Psychology held in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2002 and 2008. Dr. Brewer's beloved wife of 45 years was Marjorie Suhs Brewer, a pianist and master teacher, who died in 2007. His daughter, Stephanie Foley, is curator of a museum in Gormley, Ontario, Canada.

Name Title Description

PSY-111

General Psychology

Comprehensive introduction to psychology as a behavioral science through a survey of historical, empirical, and theoretical perspectives of psychological research. Topics include: biological bases of behavior, development, learning, personality, cognition, perception, motivation, behavior disorders, and social psychology. Students must either participate in research projects or write summaries of published research articles.

PSY-201

Research Mthds & Statistics I

Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and/or humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-202

Research Mthds & Statistics II

Continuation of first research methods and statistics course. Introduction to the principles of science, research design, data collection with animals and humans, statistical analysis, and scientific writing. Designed to acquaint students with the scientific methods used to study behavior; covers the fundamental methodological, statistical, and writing skills necessary for most advanced psychology courses. Lab work, computer analysis of data, and written reports of laboratory projects are integral to the course.

PSY-324

Learning

Introduction to the empirical facts and theories of animal and human learning. Historical perspective provided for the development of experimental approaches to learning. Topics include classical and instrumental conditioning, reinforcement, learning related to emotion and motivation, generalization, and discrimination. More recent cognitive emphases also considered. A research report is an important aspect of the course.

PSY-329

Hstry & Systems of Psychology

Historical perspective on contemporary psychology. Various approaches to defining and studying psychology are analyzed in a seminar format.

My research interests are the teaching and learning of psychology as well as the history of psychology.

Co-Edited Books:

  • Teaching Psychology in America: A History; Handbook for Teaching Statistics and Research Methods (1st and 2nd editions)
  • Handbook for Teaching Introductory Psychology (Vol. 2)
  • Teaching Psychology Around the World (Vol. 2).

In addition, I have published numerous book chapters and journal articles.

Education
Ph.D.
University of Arkansas
M.A.
University of Arkansas
B.A.
Hendrix College

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