William S. Altman, Ph.D.

Bill AltmanA Bit About Bill Altman

I'm a professor in the Psychology and Human Services Department at Broome Community College. My background is in Educational Psychology and Measurement, and my research interests, based in the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (SoTL), are effective teaching and learning, creativity, and intelligence.

I also serve as the Vice President for Resources for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP), which is Division 2 of the American Psychological Association. I have also served STP as a consulting editor and reviewer for the academic journal Teaching of Psychology, the Coordinator of programming for the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (NITOP), the co-editor for the online blog/newsletter E-xcellence in Teaching, a contributor to the Teaching of Psychology Idea Exchange, and the associate editor and author of several other publications (available on the STP books web page).

I have earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Educational Psychology and Measurement, and an M.P.S. in Communication Arts from Cornell University. I also earned a B.A. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

I'm driven by a wide and unpredictable curiosity, an almost pathological and sometimes annoying need to solve problems of nearly any sort, and a sense that it all ought to be fun. My research cuts across many aspects of evidence-based teaching methods, learning, and testing.

In addition to scholarly publications and presentations, I've written for several non-scholarly publications, spent over a decade sharing information about education and psychological science on local radio, been a professional photographer, and performed in theater and as a standup comic (ostensibly to work on classroom presentation skills, but mostly because it's fun). I assisted the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in developing their training manual for nuisance wildlife control operators and in creating and validating their statewide licensing test.

I consult on the development of effective teaching materials and techniques with several publishers and organizations.

I also provide training in teaching and learing, and I'm happy to speak to all sorts of groups about teaching, learning, and how psychological science can help make people's lives better.

Contact Information

Office Hours: Wednesdays 3:30 - 5:00 PM, Thursdays 8:30 - 11:00 AM, and by appointment.

Telephone: 607-778-5216
Fax: 607-778-5394 (It's a shared fax, so please use a cover sheet.)
E-Mail: altmanws@sunybroome.edu
Office: Titchener Hall 011-A
Mailbox: Titchener Hall 210

If you want to leave papers, notes, or anything else for me, please leave them in my mailbox.  DO NOT slide them under my office door, as they may be lost.

U.S. Mail

William S. Altman
Psychology & Human Services Dept.
Broome Community College
P.O. Box 1017
Binghamton, NY 13902

UPS, FedEx, etc.

William S. Altman
Psychology & Human Services Dept.
Broome Community College
907 Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13905