My teaching strategies are always geared toward the individual and their cognitive learning style. Every student is different; some are more visually-oriented, so I adjust my teaching approach accordingly. No matter how our lesson unfolds, it is always geared toward making learning fun!
I am a highly experienced and award-winning university educator, with extensive teaching and public speaking experience. While most of my career was spent teaching non-human primates (chimps and capuchin monkeys), my teaching skills are readily applicable to students who can actually speak. If I can teach a chimpanzee to count (which I did), I can certainly help you or your child with whatever subject(s)
Sarah Till Boysen
Sunbury, Ohio 43074 | (concealed information)
Senior-Level Corporate Trainer or Research Associate
Public Speaker | Published Author | Distinguished Educator
Organized, emotionally intelligent leader with extensive experience in all facets of management and research in educational institutions. Skilled presenter and collaborator with the ability to interface with audiences of all levels and sizes and drive excellence while keeping the needs of all stakeholders in mind. Published author with book, journal, radio, and other media credits.
• Research Grants
• Budget Management
• Strategic Leadership
• Cognition and Behavior
• Scholarly Publishing
• Journal Articles
Greater Columbus Area Schools, Columbus, OH 2007 – Present
Substitute Teacher, K-12, 2007 – Present
Taught in lieu of the regular scheduled teacher as needed in several schools, including Village Academy and Marbury Academy.
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, OH 1997 – 2014
Professor, Department of Psychology, 1997-2008
Associate Professor, 1993-1997
Assistant Professor, 1990-1993
Provided direction and oversight for department, managing budgetary considerations while mentoring students and colleagues.
• Garnered numerous research grants totaling more than $4M, ranging from $1K to $2.7M.
• Invited speaker at Bowling Green University, Ohio; Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Psychology, Germany; and the Universities of Portsmouth, Sussex, and Newcastle, UK (2011)
• Associate Editor, Animal Cognition, 2010 – present.
• Radio includes All Sides Considered with Ann Fisher, WOSU Public Radio (October 2013); Earth, Wind & Sky, National Public Radio (November 2003, March 2002); Open Forum, WOSU (September 2002); All Things Considered, National Public Radio (December 2001, April and June 1999), and Do Elephants Weep?, Natural History Unit, British Broadcasting Company (September 1999).
• Media credits include local news coverage, several Discovery Channel documentaries (2005, 2004, 2002) as well as shows on PBS (2001), Nature (2000), and BBC (1999) among others.
• Extensive journal article publication in Science, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, American Scientist, Behavioral Neurosciences, Psychobiology, Psychophysiology, and many more. (Full list available upon request.)
• Recognized as a Discover Magazine “Fifty Most Important Women Scientists” (2002), American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientist Lecturer (2000), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2003).
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, OH 1984 – 2006
Director, Comparative Cognition Project, 1984 – 2006
• Established project to study chimpanzees’ cognitive abilities in areas of intelligence, linguistics, and neuroscience.
• Recipient of the Columbus YWCA Woman of Achievement Award (1998)
• Department of Psychology Distinguished Teaching Award (1996)
• The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (1996)
Education & Credentials
Ph.D. in Comparative & Physiological Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
M.S. in Developmental & Comparative Psychology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
B.S. in Biological Sciences & Primate Behavior, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK and
Lake Erie College for Women, Painesville, OH
• Boysen, S.T. & Custance, D. (2013). The Smartest Animals on the Planet, 2nd Ed (Firefly, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada)
• Boysen, S.T. & Custance, D. (2009). The Smartest Animals on the Planet (Firefly, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada)
• Boysen, S.T. & Capaldi, E.J. (1993). The development of numerical competence: Animal and human models. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Comparative Cognition Society
American Society of Primatologists
International Primatological Society
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