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Mr. Derek Schorsch

Professor of Psychological Science

Derek Schorsch, M.S. - Psychology

• MS – Psychology - University of Idaho – ‘05
• BA – Spanish – University of Idaho – ‘03
• BS – Psychology - University of Idaho – ‘02

Professional Background
• Fall 2014 – present
o Tenured Professor, Valencia College East Campus
• Fall 2011 – Spring 2014
o Professor, tenure track, Valencia College East Campus
• Fall 2008 – Summer 2011
o Instructor, Valencia College West Campus
• Spring 2006 – Summer 2008
o Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist, Opportunities Unlimited, Moscow, Idaho

Teaching Responsibilities
• I teach General Psychology and Developmental Psychology. I teach these classes face-to-face, in Online and in Hybrid formats
• I am also the coordinator of the Psychology Speakers Forum for the East Campus.

I moved to Florida from Idaho with my wife in '08. We have a house and two dogs and are thinking about children soon – it’s hard to talk about kids for a living in my Dev. Psych classes and not have the urge grow!

Personally, I engage in a number of pursuits that would make my 22 year old self shake my head in shame, including being a left-handed shortstop and gardening a variety of Italian herbs and vegetables. I’ve also taken up running – mostly off-road, trail, and mud runs – I’ve done about 30 races in 2014. The hardest of these was an off-road marathon, and the easiest was a 5k while wearing a fake beard.

Professionally, I intend to earn my Ph.D. after I earn tenure here – class of 2014. My students note that I say “This is my favorite chapter” essentially every week in class, but I promise that I really mean it every time. Truly, my interests lie in the social and cognitive psychology areas. I think it is important to teach Psychology as a science, and to help students to develop scientific understanding and critical thinking skills. Accordingly, I belong to several different critical thinking and skeptical groups.

Phone: 407-582-2786

Email: dschorsch@valenciacollege.edu

Office: East Campus

Location: 1-357