Ken Hill

Ken Hill
Academic Dean
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ken hillKen Hill received his undergraduate training from the University of Michigan where he double majored in Psychology and Communication. He then went on to earn an Ed.M. from Harvard University in Counseling Processes and both his MS. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Cornell University. Prior to entering a career in the academic realm, Ken was the program director of an out-patient psychiatric drop-in center that serviced 60-80 clients per day. From there, he went on to join the faculty at Northwest Missouri State University in the Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling. While at Northwest Ken won ten different teaching awards including the universities most prestigious "Tower Service Award" for teaching excellence. While at Northwest, Ken served as a core psychology faculty member, directed the graduate program in school guidance, supervised the Therapeutic Community programs for regional prison systems, and eventually became Chairman of the department. In 1999 Ken came to the College of the Atlantic as the Director of the Educational Studies Program. In 2005 he was named Academic Dean, a position he remains at today.

In his free time Ken enjoys weight lifting, canoe tripping, cooking, and serving on the board of the SPCA.

B.A. University of Michigan, 1987
Ed.M. Counseling Processes, Harvard University 1990
M.S. Educational Psychology and Measurement, Cornell University 1993
PhD. Educational Psychology and Measurement, Cornell University 1995

Courses Taught

ED4010Adolescent Psychology

This course focuses on the segment of the human life span from puberty to early adulthood.  In this class we will examine the physical, cognitive, social, and moral aspects of adolescent growth and development.  Issues to be considered include adolescent relationships (peers, family, romantic), adolescent issues (identity formation, at risk behavior, schooling, and stereotypes), and critical reflection on one's own adolescent experience. The main objectives of this course are to: 1) provide students with a working knowledge of the theories of psychology which pertain to early adolescent development; 2) help students develop the ability to critically analyze information and common assumptions about the development of adolescents; 3) consider contemporary issues and concerns of the field; and 4) to afford students the opportunity to explore their own adolescent development.  Course work entails lecture, discussion, extensive case analysis, and a field component.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Prerequisite: Educational Psychology, Personality, or other introductory level psychology. Class limit: 16. Meets the following degree requirements: HS ED

ED1012Child Education and Development

How does a child think?  What causes him/her to learn? What teaching approaches work best with young children? These questions and more will be explored through readings, lectures, field observations, and planned class activities.  This course will provide an introduction to early childhood education (preschool to middle school).  Theorists such as Piaget, Vygosky, Montessori, Gardener, Freud, Erikson, Gilligan and Kohlberg will be used to examine the physical, mental, emotional, moral, and social aspects of childhood growth and development.  The intent is to examine how questioning, peer influences, parenting approaches, the media and society play into childhood learning.  The primary modes of instruction for this class will be lectures, classroom discussions, field observations/reflections, and cooperative learning activities.  Sort reflective papers, an observational journal, and a class project will be used to assess learning.

Level: Introductory.  Class limit: 15.   Lab fee: $30.   Meets the following degree requirements: HS ED

HE1010Human Ecology Core Course

Human Ecology is the interdisciplinary study of the relationships between humans and their natural and cultural environments.  The purpose of this course is to build a community of learners that explores the question of human ecology from the perspectives of the arts, humanities and sciences, both in and outside the classroom.  By the end of the course students should be familiar with how differently these three broad areas ask questions, pose solutions, and become inextricably intertwined when theoretical ideas are put into practice.  In the end, we want students to be better prepared to create your own human ecology degree through a more in depth exploration of the courses offered at College of the Atlantic.  We will approach this central goal through a series of directed readings and activities.

Level:  Introductory.  Lab fee: $25.  Meets the following degree requirements: HE

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