Stacy Bjorkman

Stacy Bjorkman

Psychology Faculty


Walden University

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Worked in an infant cognition lab as an undergrad and confirmed I wanted to work with kids.
Substitute taught a variety of grades and confirmed I wanted to work in the school system.
Went to graduate school for school psychology and I worked in the public schools for several years.
Started teaching college students as a side job, loved it, and made the transition to higher ed.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
Psychology, General
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Graduate
Psychology, General
Northern Illinois University
Doctorate
School Psychology
Northern Illinois University

Career

Psychology Faculty

I teach undergraduate students psychology and statistics.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Numbers
Education
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

My schedule is very flexible and varies by the day. I communicate with students and other faculty throughout the day via email, phone, and Skype. I grade papers, interact in student discussion threads, develop new courses and revise existing ones, meet with committee members to help students and the university achieve goals, and sometimes conduct research of my own.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Good time management skills are needed because my workday is almost completely self-directed. Communication skills are critical, particularly because most of my interactions with others are by phone or email, so communicating without face-to-face cues is key to both understanding others and being understood. Creativity is needed when developing engaging and interesting coursework to help students meet learning objectives.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Explore all the possible degrees and programs that could help you achieve your goals. Most goals/careers can be achieved with a variety of paths, and choosing the one that fits your lifestyle and needs will make it more likely for you to succeed. Interview and shadow people with jobs you are interested in. Differentiate between similar careers to determine which is best for you. For example, learn the nuances between school counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Psychology, General
graduate
Graduate
Psychology, General
doctorate
Doctorate
School Psychology

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

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