Brooke Spangler-Cropenbaker

Senior Lecturer
Contact Information:
Phone: (513) 529-2421
122 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

Education:

Ph.D., 2008, University of Montana- Missoula
M.A.,2006, University of Montana- Missoula

Research Interests:

My research interests center around pedagogical practices and the student outcomes related to differences within the classroom. Currently examining: pedagogical differences in teaching developmental psychology and introduction to psychology. Past research projects include a residential treatment outcome assessment for Reactive Attachment Disorder; social competence and attachment during middle childhood.

Teaching Interests:

Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Child Psychopathology, Evolutionary Developmental Psychology

Professional Recognition:

2017 Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist, Miami University

2016 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University
2016 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University
2016 Phillip E. Knox Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist, Miami University

2015 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University
2015 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University
2015 “Professor of the Year” Psi Chi, Psychology Department, Miami University
2015 Distinguished Teaching Award Finalist, Miami University

2014 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University
2014 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University

2013 “Unsung Heroes- Emerging Leader Award,” Oxford United Way
2013 Faculty Appreciation Award, Panhellenic Association, Miami University
2013 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University
2013 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University

2012 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University
2012 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University

2011 “Professor of the Year” Psi Chi, Psychology Department, Miami University
2011 “Positive Impact Professor” Office of Second Year Programs, Miami University
2011 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University
2011 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University

2010 “Positive Impact Professor” Office of Second Year Programs, Miami University
2010 “Top 100 Faculty” Miami University 
2010 Letter of Commendation, Center for Teaching Excellence, Miami University

Representative Publications:

Walker, R.*, Spangler, B.R., Lloyd, E.P. *, Walker, B. L.*, Wessels, P. M. & Summerville, A. (in press). Comparing active learning techniques: The effect of clickers and discussion groups on student perceptions and performance. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology.

Luebbe, A. M., Mancini, K. J.*, Kiel, E. J., Spangler, B. R., Semlak, J. L., & Fussner, L. M.* (in press). Dimensionality of helicopter parenting and relations to emotional, decision-making, and academic functioning in emerging adults. Assessment.

Spangler, B. R. & Kiel, E.J. (2015). Topical versus chronological organization of lifespan development: Does it make a difference in student retention and understanding? Teaching of Psychology, 42(1), 73-78.

Grace, L., & Spangler, B. R. (2014). The psychology of play: Understanding digital game evolution through developmental psychology. Proceedings from the 9th International Conference of the Foundations of Digital Games, April 2014.

Spangler, B. R. & Kiel, E. J. (2012). Chronological or topical orientations to teaching developmental psychology: Is one approach better for student comprehension? Invited article for Society for Research in Child Development Newsletter, Developments, (55)1, 7.

Recent Conference Presentations: 

Walker, R. J.*, Spangler, B. R., & McCord, B. L.* (2016, May). Engaging students in the classroom: Evaluating the efficacy of clickers and discussion sections. Symposium presented at the affiliated meeting of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, at the Midwestern Psychology Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

Spangler, B. R. (2016, March). Differences in student outcomes based on a topical versus chronological approach to instruction. Invited talk presented at Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Spangler, B. R., Green, J. H., Kiel, E. J., Luebbe, A. M., Raval, V. V., Flaspohler, P. D., & Harris, Y. R. (2015, March) Improving undergraduate student writing competencies in developmental psychology courses. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development, Teaching Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Spangler, B. R. & Kiel, E. J. (2014, July). The relation between maternal positive affect expression and infant social competence. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies, Berlin, Germany.

Spangler, B.R
. (2014, June). Light hearts, full minds: The benefits of playfulness in adulthood. Invited talk presented at Alumni College, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Green, J. H., Spangler, B. R., Kiel, E. J., Luebbe, A. M., Raval, V. V., Flaspohler, P. D., & Harris, Y. R., (2013, November). Improving undergraduate student writing competencies in psychology courses. Poster presented at the International Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Annual Conference, Oxford, Ohio.

Spangler, B. R. & Kiel, E. J., Allbaugh, L.*, Richard, J.**, Heine, S.**, Smith, M.**, & Gray, M.** (2013, April). Small group discussions and undergraduate student associates: Do they make a difference in student outcomes in a large lecture class? Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society of Research in Child Development, Teaching Institute, Seattle, Washington.

Rulon, K. J.*, Luebbe, A. M., Kiel, E. J., Spangler, B. R., & Semlak, J. (2013, April). Emotion regulation mediates the relation between parenting and depressive symptomatology in emerging adults. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Seattle, Washington.

Spangler, B. R., (2013, March). Small group discussions and undergraduate student discussion leaders: How they impact student outcomes in a large lecture class. Invited paper presentation, Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching, West, Pomona, California.

Grace, L.D., Spangler, B. R., Chess, S., & Jamieson, P. (2012, October). Play strategies in liberal education, Panel presented at Meaningful Play Annual Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Spangler, B. R., & Grace, L. D. (2011, September). The psychology of play and its digital equivalents. Paper presented at Digital Expo ’11, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Spangler, B. R., DeFranco, C.**, Smith, B. A.**, & Santo, J. D.** (2011, May). At-risk youth: Impact of mentoring program vs. school-based intervention program on academic outcomes. Poster presented at Midwestern Psychological Association, Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Grants:

2015, Early Career Travel Grant, Society for the Teaching of Psychology, Awarded $200

2012-2013, “Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Developing Students’ Writing Abilities in the Psychology Department’s Topic and Thematic Sequences.” Grants for Improving Students’ Writing Abilities, Miami University. Awarded $5000 Role: Co-PI (with P. Flaspohler, J. Green, Y. Harris, E. Kiel, A. Luebbe, & V. Raval)

Course Taught:

PSY 231: Lifespan Development
PSY 242: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 332: Child Development
PSY 345: Child Psychopathology
PSY 410: Capstone: Play
PSY 410: Capstone: Evolutionary Developmental Psychology
PSY 430: Seminar: Children's Literature
PSY 430: Seminar: Attachment