On the Rhodes faculty since 1979, Dr. Walton has taught a wide variety of topics, including interdisciplinary courses team-taught with faculty members in Biology, Economics, English, History, Mathematics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theatre. She enjoys encouraging students to think broadly about the intersections between psychology and other disciplines, and she welcomes students from other majors in most of her classes.
An early adopter of community-based learning pedagogies, Dr. Walton has had students in her Developmental Psychology class involved in work with children in a variety of off-campus settings since 1982. This course seeks an even balance between the discussion of theory, the learning of research findings, and engagement with current issues pertaining to the well-being of children.
Most of Dr. Walton’s courses focus on the development of oral communication skills, with special attention to good listening, and to good conversation. Students take oral exams and make formal and informal presentations.
B.A., M.A. and Ph.D University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Phi Beta Kappa)
Adolescent and Early Adult Development
Psychology of Language and Communication
Gender and Language
Qualitative and Observational Research Methods