Dr. Vicki Sheafer

Professor of Psychology

VickiSheafer@letu.edu

Personal Statement:

When I left Cincinnati to come to LeTourneau many years ago, a friend of mine gave me a verse:

Mark 10:29-30 says that “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life.” This promise has been fulfilled in my life, time and time again, as God has poured out abundant mercy.

At LeTourneau University, we work together to prepare workers for the harvest. In a dark and dying world, Christian psychologists can be salt and light to the lost. We are in the business of training “missionaries.”

Background

Dr. Sheafer was born on a military base in Great Falls, Montana, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is an active member of Pine Forest Baptist Church in Hallsville, Texas, where she sings in the choir and serves as a substitute teacher whenever needed.

Dr. Sheafer’s hobbies all revolve around sports and music. She plays basketball, softball, tennis, racquetball, soccer, volleyball, and runs in local races. She also stays up way too late watching Sports Center on ESPN.

Research Interests

Dr. Sheafer’s research interests involve the scholarship of teaching and learning in psychology, with particular focus on quality teaching methodologies and student engagement.

Education

  • Ph.D., 1994, Miami University, Social Psychology
  • M.A., 1992, Miami University, Social Psychology
  • B.S., 1990, Union College, Psychology and Sociology

Publications and Presentations

  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology-Revised. Presented at the Best Practices: Research-Based Approaches for Teaching Psychology conference. Atlanta, GA. October 11, 2013.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology-Revised. Presented at the Excellence in Teaching conference. Longview, TX. August 16, 2013.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology-Revised. Presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association conference. Fort Worth, TX. April 5, 2013.
  • Sheafer, V. Enriching Multiple Courses with the Use of an Extra-Credit Assignment. Presented at the Excellence in Teaching Conference. Longview, TX. August 17, 2012.
  • Sheafer, V. Using Drama to Enhance Learning of Classic Experiments in Social Psychology. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 3, 2012.
  • Sheafer, V. (2011). Enriching multiple psychology courses with the use of an extra credit assignment. Psychology Journal, 8 (3), 118-122.
  • Sheafer, V. The Psychology Club as an Integral Part of the Undergraduate Experience. Presentation at the SWTOP/SWPA conference. San Antonio, TX. April 9, 2011.
  • Sheafer, V. Enriching Multiple Psychology Courses with the Use of an Extra Credit Assignment. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 3, 2011.
  • Sheafer, V. The Psychology Club as an Integral Part of the Undergraduate Experience. Presented at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference. St. Pete Beach, FL. January 4, 2011.
  • Lee, K., Leiffer, P., Graff, W.R., & Sheafer, V. Understanding Cognitive Style and Learning Style and Their Application to Teaching and Learning in Engineering. Presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Austin, TX. June 2009.
  • Roudkovski, M. & Sheafer, V. What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree? Presented at Southwest Teachers of Psychology Conference. Ft. Worth, TX. November 2008.
  • Lee, K., Leiffer, P., Graff, W.R., & Sheafer, V. (June 17, 2009). Understanding Cognitive Style and Learning Style and Their Application to Teaching and Learning in Engineering. Presented at the American Society for Engineering Education Conference. Austin, TX.
  • Roudkovski, M., & Sheafer, V. (November 7, 2008). What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree? Presented at Southwest Teachers of Psychology Conference. Ft. Worth, TX.
  • Steps to Recovery: An Overview of the Substance Abuse Components of the Piney Woods Program. (June 16, 2008). Sheafer, V., & Morris, J. Presented at SAMHSA Treatment for Homeless Program Technical Assistance Workshop, Arlington, VA.
  • Roudkovski, M. & Sheafer, V. (October 12, 2007). Professions in Psychology: What Can I Do with a Psychology Degree? Presented at Beginnings & Endings: Best Practices for Introducing and Bringing Closure to the Undergraduate Psychology Major. Atlanta, GA.
  • Halfway Home: Lessons Learned, Sabine Valley Center. (February 6, 2007). Kinney, H, & Sheafer, V. Presented at SAMHSA Treatment for Homeless Program Technical Assistance Workshop, Baltimore, MD.
  • Life Skills: A Curriculum on Self-Esteem. Sheafer, V. (September-November 2004). Presentation at Hope Haven Home for Women & Children, Longview, TX.
  • Sheafer, V. (2001). The Power of Feelings: A Book Review. Women’s Studies, 30, 699-701.
  • Paper presentation at God and the Academy Conference.
  • Sheafer, V. (June 21-25, 2000). Can We Build a Bridge? The Integration of Christianity and Gender Studies in Psychology.

Awards, Grants, and Certifications 

  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (6th edition, 7th edition, 8th edition, 9th edition, 10th edition)
  • Robert H. Selby Teaching Scholar, 2009-2010
  • Induction into Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, 2011
  • Awarded a Faculty Development Grant through the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in the amount of $1250.00, 2011-2012.
  • Awarded LeTourneau University Student Body Certificate of Appreciation for the Academic Year 2011-2012 by the Student Body Senate.
  • The Frank Costin Memorial Award for Excellence 2012 (including a certificate, a check for $250, and a complimentary registration at a future National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology conference) for the poster judged by Institute faculty as best promoting quality teaching methods.
  • StateStats.org named Dr. Sheafer one of the Top 23 Psychology Professors in the state of Texas

Professional Activities

  • American Psychology Association (current member)
  • APA Division 2—Society for the Teaching of Psychology (current member)
  • Southwestern Psychological Association (current member)
  • Psi Chi (current member, faculty advisor for LETU Chapter)

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Worship Leader at Clairmont Nursing Home Chapel Service (monthly). Participating in and Leading Psychology service projects such as the Hiway 80 Rescue Mission, Sutton’s Children’s Hospital, and the Boys/Girls Club.

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