About Aims

B.S., Psychology, CSU
M.S., Psychology, CSU
Ph.D., Psychology, CSU
Phi Theta Kappa Faculty Advisor
Honors Committee Member

Sky is the limit with gtPathways

When you take a gtPathways course at Aims, you can be assured that those credits will transfer to all of the state colleges and universities, so why not start here? Get a great, personalized education and save money.

Dr. ShawnaLee Washam knows there is no typical community college student. She’s been teaching at Aims since 1993, and while she’s taught at Colorado State University, as well as the University of Colorado, when it comes to teaching, she’s right where she wants to be.

“The thing about the community college student is that the sky is the limit,” Dr. Washam said. “The makeup of the classroom is so diverse. It really makes for an interesting psychology class. We can learn so much from each other.”

One of Dr. Washam’s research interests is self-efficacy in community college students. Self-efficacy, simply stated, is the belief in one’s ability to reach goals. (If you’re intrigued by the concept, why not take a class!)

While she has taught those 100-level courses with 400 students packed in a lecture hall, it is definitely not her favorite mode of teaching, and probably not the way most students learn best.

“The transfer classes at Aims are the standard curriculum you would get anywhere,” Dr. Washam said. “I think that in some ways you actually get a better education at a community college, especially in those first two years. Think about it. Who gets more interaction with the instructor? Which student gets to drive the curriculum more to their interests?” she asked. “It is the community college student.”

Dr. Washam teaches General Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Honors Abnormal Psychology, Abnormal Psychology (no honors component)