Bridal E. Pearson
School of Health and Human Services
director, M.S. in Human Services Administration program
Ph.D., Morgan State University
B.A., M.S., University of Baltimore
A.A., Baltimore City Community College
For approximately 15 years, I worked as a counselor/therapist/outreach worker in several different settings and capacities in human services. Now I bring my practical and applied experiences into the classroom and balance them with theoretical frameworks in courses such as History and Foundations of Human Services Systems, Contemporary Issues in Human Services Administration, Field Practica and Multicultural Counseling, in addition to a host of other courses. I am currently a member of the University's Faculty Senate, the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Senate Executive Committee, the Leadership Advisory Council and the Education and Workforce Development Committee of the Greater Baltimore Committee. I also engage in occasional work as a consultant for a firm. I view myself as a facilitator of knowledge and see the students as the nexus of the classroom.
This philosophy drives my teaching style into what some may view as unconventional. I use role-playing scenarios and other active learning assignments, in addition to assignments that take students outside the classroom, as conduits for transferring knowledge content to the students. I am antithetical to lecturers and believe that different styles of teaching address different styles of learning. Every semester, leaders in the field of human services administration share their experiences in my classes, further reinforcing the connections between the applied and theoretical.
My research interest involves a concept termed "stereotype threat." It was the theoretical focus of my dissertation. It is an alternative explanation of why many groups of non-Asian minorities under-perform on standardized tests and other educational endeavors. I plan to continue this area of inquiry in the hope that interventions can be developed to circumvent the phenomenon. I am the lead writer of a paper co-authored by myself and a colleague published in the National Collegiate Honors Monograph 2009. It covers issues relevant to why there exists a paucity of African American males in honors programs.