Philip Langer, PhD
I began my teaching career as a high school chemistry teacher in New York
City. After completing my doctorate at the University of Connecticut,
I taught psychology at the State University of New York at Potsdam, Trenton
State College (now the College of New Jersey), and Utah State University.
I left Utah State University to become a development team director in
the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development (Berkeley, CA). Upon
leaving the laboratory I joined the School of Education at the University
of Colorado in Boulder in 1971 and have been here ever since.
Prior to my tenure at the University of Colorado, I taught undergraduate
and graduate courses in social and developmental psychology, along with
a course in general psychology. Since coming to the University of Colorado,
I have taught in the Psychology and History Departments. As a faculty
member in the School of Education, my major teaching load has been in
educational and adolescent psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate
levels. In addition I have taught courses in experimental design and special
education at the graduate level. The latter is an outgrowth of my parenting
a handicapped child. Besides my university work, I have served on a number
of boards for the developmentally disabled, including a sheltered workshop,
and the Boulder County Developmental Disabilities Center (now IMAGINE!).
Courses frequently taught:
EDUC 4112: Educational Psychology and Adolescent Development
This course covers a number of areas of psychology relevant to instruction,
including learning, motivation, development, intelligence, individual
differences, diversity, personality disorders, and measurement. Specific
topics relevant to adolescents include theoretical mores, physical distinction,
sexuality, family problems, alienation, drugs, and ethnicity.