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Michelle Samuel - MA

Assistant Professor, Traditional Undergraduate Psychology (TUG) Program Director, Psychology

MA in General Experimental Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino
BA in Psychology, University of the Pacific


I’m a current Ph.D. student studying women’s role in higher education leadership. I have a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology, I met my husband at age 17 and have two young daughters. I love sweets, and my favorite is cookie dough!

I’ve liked MSMU since 1998 when I came here as a potential undergraduate applicant (there’s a story there, come by my office hours, and I’ll tell it to you!). I’ve been employed here since 2009; it’s great working with interesting students and dedicated co-workers. I enjoy being able to teach in different formats and programs so that I can interact with a variety of student populations.

Research Topics of Interest

My research topics of interest are Women in Higher Education Leadership and Teaching and Learning of Psychology in Higher Education.


These are some examples of courses I have taught at MSMU:

  • Capstone
  • Statistics (in-person, hybrid, online in 16 weeks, accelerated online)
  • Research Methods (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Developmental Psychology
Published Works

These are my published works if you would like to learn more!

*Faculty members and students can follow me on LinkedIn at or subscribe to my teaching and learning in higher education YouTube Channel at EarlyCareerFacultyForever

Samuel, M. L. (2018, April). Teaching Methodology and Student Evaluations. Poster presented at the Western Psychological Convention, Portland, OR.

Samuel, M. L. (2017). Basic Research Methods. Syllabus, 6(1). Retrievable at

Samuel, M. L. (2017, February). Improving Teaching and Learning while Changing Learning Management Systems: A Model. Poster presented at the Lilly Conference College and University Teaching and Learning, Anaheim, CA.

Samuel, M. L. (2017, February). Open Educational Resources: An Introduction to Sources and Adaption. Talk presented at the Lilly Conference College and University Teaching and Learning, Anaheim, CA.

Travis, G. K. & Samuel, M. L. (2015, July). Is more always better?  How SES impacts financial social comparisons. Poster presented at the Financial Therapy Association Conference, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

Samuel, M. L. (2015, March). PowerPoint, screencasting, and flipping: Lessons learned using three pedagogical techniques. Talk given at Academic Symposium, Los Angeles, CA.

Samuel, M. L. (2014, May). Rubric scoring parties. Talk presented at the WASC Academic Resource Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Samuel, M. L. (Ed.). (2013). Statistics for Psychologists (2nd edition).