Amira Buma

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Psychology Instructor
Social and Behavioral Sciences
SC - BGS 318 - Office
Saddleback College

Ph.D. University of California, San Diego, 2003
M.A. University of California, San Diego, 1998

Dr. Wegenek (formerly Rezec) joined Saddleback College in September, 2004. She served as Department Chair upon joining the faculty and for many years since. Her teaching responsibilities have included teaching Research Methods, Biological Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Psychology. Dr. Wegenek organizes the Saddleback College Psychology Speaker Series and Psychology Wellness Week each semester. She also serves as Faculty Advisor for the Saddleback College chapter of the Psi Beta National Honor Society in Psychology. Dr. Wegenek is a former Chair and current member of the Equity and Diversity and Ethnic Studies committees of the Academic Senate.

Prior to joining Saddleback College, Dr. Wegenek worked at the University of California San Diego for over 8 years as both a researcher and lecturer and in student programming and advising. She regularly participates in outreach efforts involving local high schools, UC Irvine, UCSD, and other regional colleges and universities.

Dr. Wegenek authored the well known psychology careers textbook Introduction to Psychology as a Major and Career (APA Publishing, 2010). She has also authored a research methods textbook and is a an author for Psychology Today. Her other teaching related publications include Laboratory Manuals (with Virtual Lab CD) to accompany Goldstein's "Sensation and Perception" textbook (Cengage) and the Teaching Research Methods in Psychology Laboratory Manual, a resource for Instructors.

Dr. Wegenek is a sought after discipline expert who consults in the fields of educational content, technical writing, and online education.

Past and Present Affiliations

- Co-Organizer Southern California Teaching of Psychology Conference (2014, 2015)
- Organizer Southern California Teaching of Psychology Conference (2013)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Psychology Teachers at Community Colleges (PT@CC)
- Society for Cognitive Neuroscience (SCN)
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
- Vision Sciences Society (VSS)
- Western Psychological Association (WPA)
- Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla CA (2002-2004)


Honors and Awards

Presenter, Hawaii International Conference on Teaching (2017)
Co-recipient Society for Teaching Psychology Promoting Partnerships Grant (2014-2015)
University of California Irvine Most Influential Transfer Professor Award (2013)
Invited Guest Speaker, Terman Teaching Conference, Western Psychological Association (2012)
American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Grant (2012)
Psi Beta National Honor Society Ann E. Garrett National College Life Award (2012, 2007)
Psi Beta National Honor Society Virginia Staudt Sexton National Faculty Advisor "Rising Star" Award (2007)
Fletcher Jones Dissertation Year Fellowship 2004
(for leadership and promotion of campus diversity): $30,000

Example Syllabi (including textbook information) will be posted below

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