Faculty in Action

Lauren Highfill

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lauren Highfill
Quick Facts

B.A. Psychology, Meredith College
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

I am teaching: Introduction to Psychology, Biopsychology, Stats and Research Design II, Animal Learning and Training, Animal Behavior in the U.S. and Europe

Areas of expertise: Comparative Psychology (Animal Behavior and Cognition)

Current research or projects: Assessing individual differences in lemurs and elephants; Canine cognition

Q & A
Why did you decide to become a college professor?

I had an amazing undergraduate mentor who motivated me and always supported my educational endeavors. I wanted to be able to do the same for students - she was my inspiration!

What do you enjoy most about teaching at Eckerd?

The people! The students are wonderful and my colleagues are very supportive.

How would you describe Eckerd students?

Intelligent, motivated, creative, and always looking for a challenge!

What makes Eckerd so special or why does it stand out to you as a great college?

Eckerd is so open to new things and is a very supportive environment for innovation. This openness allows for creative class offerings, such as Service Learning in Africa or The Theology of Star Trek, as well as interesting student organizations, such as the Slip N' Slide club!

What is the best thing a student has ever said in your class?

One of my students told me that her roommates wanted to sign up for my class, because she was constantly telling them about what she learned in class each day. This was the best compliment because she was truly enjoying the material and sharing it with others!

How do you describe your teaching style?

I like to include lots of real world examples and short video clips to help solidify the topic about which I am lecturing.

How do you encourage your students to ThinkOUTside?

When I teach Animal Behavior or Animal Training, we spend time at local zoos and aquaria (e.g. Busch Gardens, Clearwater Marine Aquarium). The keepers and trainers provide the students with great examples of what all it takes to work with animals.

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Check out the Eckerd College Comparative Psychology Lab Webpage.

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