My name is Jillene Grover Seiver, but I go by Jill. Please feel free to call me Jill, or Dr. Jill if you're uncomfortable with such familiarity.
I've been teaching for Oregon Tech for so long, I can't really remember when I began! I only teach independent studies via email. At first, I thought it would be hard to feel connected to my students, since I never get to see them. But what I've found is that I feel closer to my online students than I do to my students who I see in my regular classrooms.
Well, on to my qualifications! :-) I received my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of New Mexico in December, 1995. I earned my Masters in psych from Cal State Sacramento in 1990, and finished my BA in psych at UC Davis in 1988.
I moved to the Seattle area in 1994, when my husband was transferred up here with Southwest Airlines. We have two kids: 14-year-old Sierra (a girl) and 11-year-old Aspen (a boy). My husband, Pat, quit working for Southwest when Aspen was born, and stays home with the kids full-time; he graduated from Green River CC with his AA in the spring of 1998. He is currently remodeling our home -- he has added more square footage than the house began with! He's working on the finishing work now.
I am a part-time psychology instructor at Bellevue Community College. I usually teach at least two sections of intro each quarter, and then one or more of the other classes in my repertoire: Human Sexuality, Abnormal, Personality, Cognitive, Research Methods and Developmental.
On top of the courses that I'm teaching, I'm writing a Human Sexuality text. It's a lot of work, but it's fun, too. I don't know when it will finally be published. If you come across any interesting information in the news (TV, radio, newspaper or magazine) about sex, relationships, parenting, pregnancy, sexual dysfunctions, weird sexual proclivities, anything sexual, please forward it on to me! I'm always looking for the hippest, newest info. :-) Of course, I'm not looking for personal experiences, but am instead looking for help in monitoring the newscasts and the newspapers for breakthroughs and hot topics.
My major areas of interest in psychology have been the cognitive topics. All of my research has pertained to memory, thinking, decision making, and social judgments. Because I teach such a variety of courses, however, I consider myself a true generalist in that I find just about every area of psychology interesting. That's with the exception of motivation, emotion, and stress & health. :-)
My hobbies include needlework such as cross-stitching, quilting, and sewing. OK, that sounds a little sedentary. I love to do those things, but my husband would go insane and my kids would be bouncing off the walls if we didn't pursue more active hobbies, such as canoeing, hiking, camping, and bicycling. I'm the leader of my daughter and two other Girl Scouts, which keeps me very active. We do at least one outdoor activity per month. In addition, I'm the Service Unit manager for the Covington Girl Scouts, so I do a lot of planning, organizing, and free psychological therapy (ha ha) for the leaders of 23 Girl Scout troops.