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Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Research

Master of Science in Educational Psychology

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

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Jeral Kirwan
Jeral Kirwan, PhD
College of Health, Human Services & Science

Biography

"I have also seen how students will go out of their way to help other students, which is amazing."

Dr. Jeral Kirwan is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. He holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research; an MS in Educational Psychology, specializing in Adult Education; a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics and Research in Education; and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His varied professional experience includes working as a research consultant, psychometrician, child and family counselor/case manager, psychological technician, and teacher at the university level. His professional experiences have helped him better demonstrate to students how knowledge from the classroom is applied in practice. “I have had the privilege of working with many fine students from a wide range of backgrounds here at Ashford University. I have also seen how students will go out of their way to help other students, which is amazing.” He believes teaching should be dynamic, and he incorporates changes every time he teaches a course. “My educational experiences, both as a student and teacher, have enlightened me to the fact that we each bring different knowledge, skills, and abilities that provide a wide range of perspectives. I learn as much from students as they do from me.” Dr. Kirwan lives in Knoxville, TN and has a daughter and a son.

Accomplishments

Drs. Stephen Brewer and Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professors, and Dr. Eric Klein, Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, College of Health, Human Services, and Science have had a presentation proposal entitled “Learning Better Together: Outcomes Related to Motivation to Join an Online Learning Community” accepted as an Information Session to be presented at the 20th Annual Conference on Online Learning, held from October 29-31, 2014. The conference will be take place at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Dr. Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professor, co-chaired the Research and Theory Special Interest Group of the Commission of Professors of Adult and Continuing Education from 2012-2013.

Dr. Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professor, College of Health, Human Services, and Science, and associates presented Changing lives: How Leaders of Philanthropic Organizations Understand their Mission—An Empirical Study. This work was also published in the Proceedings of the 54th Annual Adult Education Research Conference in St Louis, MO, in spring 2013.

Dr. Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professor, College of Health, Human Services, and Science, and associates made two presentations at the 62nd Annual American Association of Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) International Conference in Lexington, KY in spring 2013. The first was entitled Role Play Learning Styles and the second Virtual Instructor Dispositions and Personalities.

Dr. Jeral Kirwan, Assistant Professor, co-chaired the Research and Theory Special Interest Group of the Commission of Professors of Adult and Continuing Education from 2012-2013.

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