A professor of an introductory level course spent the first full class period of the semester explaining her wide array of qualifications and achievements to a group of 18-year-olds who literally couldn’t care less, said a student in the class.
Linda Johnsonberg, a general psychology professor, meticulously listed off every one of her achievements that brought her to teach at the University of Central Florida to a group of students that have hardly secured their high school diploma, according to Marcus Brise, a freshman studying psychology. She even went as far as to list required professor workshops and seminars under her trope of accomplishments.
“I just can’t believe she spent all 55 minutes of class talking about the master’s program she did in Singapore,” said Brise. “This is my first college class ever. I hope the rest of my classes don’t have my professor bragging about themselves.”
Johnsonberg, who has taught at UCF for the past 2 years, spent most of her career working in the field, she said. She worked everywhere from veteran’s clinics to children’s hospitals to global relief clinics set up in sub-Saharan Africa.
Now, she’s teaching 400 young adults psych vocab in a Tuesday/Thursday lecture.
“We all know she’s super overqualified,” said Lindsey Macalistar, another student in the class. “It doesn’t take a doctor of psychology to teach people the different hemispheres of the brain. We’re all just here to get the class done and graduate, it really isn’t that serious.”
Johnsonberg isn’t the only professor to spend meetings times talking about themselves. This behavior has been seen in a wide variety of introductory professors at UCF and at other institutions around the country.
While some professors claim this is a tactic used to assure their students that they’re in good hands, it causes some students to think their professors are absolutely full of themselves, Macalistar said.
“Honestly, I think she’s just asserting her dominance or going through a midlife crisis,” Macalistar said. “She even gave us homework after she was done with her spiel. I can’t catch a break around here.”