Amanda Rose teaches child psychology in a cavernous hall filled with more than 300 students, but her passion for her subject and creative use of class time help keep students focused and interested. “One of the student comments I have heard repeatedly is that she is very enthusiastic about the material she is teaching, and her enthusiasm makes students want to learn,” says one colleague. “I have talked with many students who had such a great experience in her course that they changed their major to psychology.”
As director of the department’s Peer Relationships Lab, Rose regularly involves graduate students and an unusually large number of undergraduates in research on child development. She has earned a reputation as a dedicated mentor. “She excels at the delicate balance of providing assistance while also fostering independent scholarship”, says a graduate student whom Rose advises. One student describes Rose as “quite possibly the most open, supportive teacher I’ve ever had.” Another says, “I am grateful to Dr. Rose for teaching me not just the mechanics of research but also for giving me the confidence to do it as well.”
Rose earned her bachelor’s establish the new developmental psychology training area. She has received several awards for teaching, including the Provost’s Junior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award and her department’s Robert S. Daniel Junior Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.