Balancing Her Busy 2012 Travel Itinerary

Balancing Her Busy 2012 Travel Itinerary

One book completed and another in progress… scholarly research and publication…academic travel to Ireland, India, Russia, China, Greece, Turkey and this year to Rwanda, England, Romania, and North Korea…grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation…primary investigator for a national organization that wants to end violence in personal relationships.

These professional development experiences reflect some of the passion that Dr. Wind Goodfriend, BVU Class of 1998, associate professor of experimental psychology, has for her academic discipline, for teaching and the impact she wants to have on her students.

No wonder that she was honored in 2011 with the George Wythe Award, BVU’s highest recognition for excellence in teaching.

The Wythe Award already made it possible for her to travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland, last summer to present a research paper at the Interpersonal Communication & Social Interaction International Conference.

This summer, she plans to use more of the Wythe stipend for a psychology education cruise which will offer classes in the mornings and daily stops at different ports in Italy, Greece and Turkey. “The courses will focus on mental health and addiction,” she notes. “Currently there is no course on addiction in BVU’s psychology program, so hopefully this will be a way for me to develop one and offer a more diverse curriculum to our students.”

International travel, both with students during interim and with BVU colleagues, has been at the top of her professional development experiences.

In January, she and Dr. Laura Bernhardt, associate professor of philosophy, took students to London and Romania for an interim course entitled “Searching for Dracula”.

In April, Goodfriend and Tim McDaniel, assistant professor of mathematics, will travel to North Korea to explore the possibility of offering a travel course to that country in 2013. “If this trip works out, it will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for BVU students,” she says.

In June, Goodfriend and four other professors will be in Rwanda for two weeks as part of the McCorkle Fellows program. This will be her second McCorkle Fellows trip; the first was to India in 2007.

“Travel experiences have enriched my teaching in spectacular ways,” she comments. “For instance, when I teach courses such as ‘Psychology of Gender” or “Stereotypes and Prejudice,” the examples I use are truly global and offer a diversity of perspective that I never could have really given students without these opportunities.”

During the fall 2012 semester, Goodfriend will be on sabbatical to complete her second book on relationship violence, Before the Boil: The Warning Signs of a Potentially Violent Relationship, and to work on editing her doctoral dissertation for publication in a professional journal. Her first book, Voices of Hope: Breaking the Silence of Relationship Violence, will be published this summer. In addition to her books, during her career she has authored or coauthored 16 publications on romantic relationships and stereotypes based on gender or sexual orientation. She has also published 12 articles as co-author with BVU students based on their work in her “Research Thesis” class.

In recent years, Goodfriend’s research has focused on understanding relationship violence and working with the Institute for the Prevention of Relationship Violence (IPRV) which now has its national headquarters at BVU. “I have learned so much from my work with the Institute and have tried to translate that work into my research, student mentoring and teaching.” She first became involved with the IPRV when she was on the faculty at Boise State University and worked as its principal investigator.