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 case manager/therapist/outreach worker in several different settings and capacities in human services. I integrate those applied experiences with theoretical frameworks in courses such as History and Foundations of Human Service Systems, Contemporary Issues in Human Services Administration, and Field Practicums.
I am currently The University of Baltimore's representative on the Maryland Higher Education Commission's (MHEC) Faculty Advisory Council. In addition, I am the former chairman of the Civilian Review Board of Baltimore City and previously served as a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee's (GBC) Education and Workforce Development Committee. 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 and provide opportunities for students to learn outside the classroom as conduits for applying knowledge. I believe that different styles of teaching address different styles of learning. Leaders in the field of human services administration often 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.