Dr. Sandra Gilliland

Dr. Sandra Gilliland

Assistant Professor of Psychology

"Commit yourself to being a student for a season. When it gets hard, remind yourself, this is not going to take forever. This is a season that you have decided to dedicate to this endeavor. Make the sacrifices now so you can enjoy the benefits later. You can do this."

Degrees held:

  • Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2013
  • Th.M. – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2012
  • MAMFC – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 2006
  • B.S. in Psychology – Northern Arizona University, 2003

Career Highlights

  • Vinita Johnson Martin Endowed Professorship, 2016-2018
  • Faculty Excellence in Service Learning, 2015-2016
  • Faculty Excellence in Service Learning, 2014-2015

In which online degree programs do you teach?

BS Psychology and BGS Psychology.

Which classes do you teach online?

PSYC 2000, PSYC 2076, and PSYC 4082.

Why did you start teaching?

While working on my Master's Degree I NEVER considered teaching as an option for me! However, I was broke, and someone offered to let me teach as an adjunct teaching Introduction to Psychology. I was terrified, but I agreed. By the end of the first month I told my husband I was going to have to go back to school so I could teach full-time! I love being with students. I love challenging them to think beyond themselves and to see the world in new ways.

What's the best advice that you have ever received?

Find joy in the small things and be thankful for everything.

What's your best advice for someone who is returning to finish an undergraduate degree?

Commit yourself to being a student for a season. When it gets hard, remind yourself, this is not going to take forever. This is a season that you have decided to dedicate to this endeavor. Make the sacrifices now so you can enjoy the benefits later. You can do this.

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