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Katherine Robinson, B.A. Hons (Bishop’s), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Alberta)

Psychology Professor at Campion College

Katherine Robinson

Katherine is a Psychology Professor on Faculty at Campion College.

Katherine remembers the warm relationship she enjoyed with colleagues, especially one whose influence she feels to this day:

“When I first started working at Campion, one of Campion’s now past presidents, Dr. Joe Schner, S.J., had his office next to mine. Father Schner shared many useful teaching tips that I still use in my developmental psychology classes. I also really enjoyed our conversations about each new Harry Potter book as it arrived and our samplings of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.”

She enjoys all aspects of her job, which include scholarship, teaching, and committee work. As a member of a federated college, she has also been committed to participating in University of Regina activities:

“I am proud of the challenges I have taken on while at Campion. For example, on applying and receiving multiple Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grants and thus being able to fund our students in their graduate work and employ our students as research assistants. Other challenges have been serving as the Chair of the University of Regina Faculty Association and the Chair of the University of Regina Research Ethics Board. I believe that it is important for me, as a Campion faculty member, to also play an active role within the University of Regina to demonstrate that Campion is comprised of dedicated faculty who are both teaching- and research-oriented.”

For both students and professors alike, courses have to remain relevant and engaging. A catchy name doesn’t hurt either in order to lure students in:

“In the fall of 2017 I am teaching a new course called the Psychology of Evil. In the course, the focus is on how systems create injustices and terrible actions and behaviours by individuals and groups using the Holocaust as the lens. I would really love to teach a companion course called the Psychology of Good to focus on how people and groups can also commit wonderful and generous acts and on how you do not have to be a hero to make a positive impact on the world.”

Katherine is excited for the work she is doing for younger students too. She and another colleague wanted to help them get more active and make physical activity a habit:

“I co-founded the 100 KM Club a few years ago with Dr. Christian Riegel. The 100 KM Club is a free running club for school kids. Students have as their goal to run a total of 100 kilometers during the school year and they run around their school playgrounds at lunch or recess. Through generous donations from several individuals and groups, we are able to give kids prizes when they achieve 25, 50, 75, and 100 km distances. Some of the kids in the 100 KM Club have now been participating for more than 3 years and this activity is an important part of their school day.”