• Teaching Philosophy

  • 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.

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  • Instructional Portfolio

  • 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.

  • Graduate Courses

    • Clinical Staffing Procedures
    • Psychology of Marginalized & Minority Groups
    • Fundamentals of Patient Care
    • Child & Family Psychology Practicum
    • Seminar on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

    Undergraduate Courses

    • Psychology of Disadvantaged & Minority Groups
    • Health Psychology
    • Psychology of Women
    • Research Perspectives: African American Children & Families
    • Survey of Abnormal Psychology
    • African American Psychology
    • Didactic Seminar
    • Lifespan Psychopathology
  • Student Reviews

  • Psychology of Disadvantaged/Minority Groups

    "This is one of my favorite courses that 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."

    Undergraduate Mentorship

    "I so appreciated your candor, humor, and sincerity. You gave such great advice and even in our short time together you pushed me individually as a student and challenged me to the best, most professional version of myself, while more importantly being the most authentic version of myself. It is mentors and professors that inspire me to go forth and earn my Ph.D. so that I may mentor and help my students as much as you have helped me today."