As an award-winning educator, Dr. Metzger has developed and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses at The University of Georgia. Additionally, she has guest lectured in undergraduate and graduate courses at various U.S. universities, including the Medical University of South Carolina, the University of South Carolina, and Georgia State University. Dr. Metzger views her teaching role as a facilitator of knowledge as opposed to the source of knowledge. Often, the best knowledge acquired about psychology is not from textbooks or lectures, and not from memorizing names and facts, but from interactions with others with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Dr. Metzger's aim as an instructor is to create a classroom environment that enhances students’ critical thinking and build their capacity to engage in topics of diversity, power, privilege, inclusion, social identity, and justice. Through dynamic lectures, her goal is to facilitate the discussion of empirical articles while integrating the life experiences and diverse perspectives of students in the class itself to learn about psychology. Dr. Metzger's ultimate goal is also to provide students with constructive and fair feedback to help them refine both their critical thinking and writing skills, and build on their personal strengths and assets in order to be of service to academia and society at large.
What students are saying about their instruction from Dr. Metzger:
Psychology of Disadvantaged/Minority Groups
"This is one my favorite course I have taken at UGA. Classes that touch on diversity and social justice issues can always be challenging when there are different perspectives and opinion. Dr. Metzger managed to create a respectful classroom environment for everyone to express their own thoughts, even when it was different from the majority. Dr. Metzger also did a great job of challenging us on different topics without preoccupy us with her personal believes, which I found very rare in other similar courses. I felt so challenged but learned so much from this class!"
Undergraduate Seminar in Psychology
"Dr. Metzger is one of the best professors I have ever had. I learned something new every day in this class and I have never had a more enriching learning experience at UGA. The classroom environment invited discussion about topics that are uncomfortable but necessary to talk about. I looked forward to this class every Monday, and I am sad to see it end. I brought information from this class to my peers on a daily basis and truly feel this class has bettered me as an individual and future professional. There is not an end to the praise that I could give this class and Dr. Metzger."