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GSC Professor Teaches at Sea Again

For Immediate Release: August 26, 2014

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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn spent six weeks of his summer as an instructor at sea aboard the U.S. naval ship USS Bataan, a Wasp-class amphibious assault ship. He taught two introductory psychology classes to enlisted Navy and Marine Corps personnel.

The summer of 2014 marked the fourth that Walborn has spent teaching onboard U.S. Navy boats. He has been on the USS Eisenhower aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf and the USS Barry destroyer in the Mediterranean Sea in prior years.

Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn (standing) holds an impromptu class session on the flight deck of the USS Bataan

Glenville State College Professor of Psychology Dr. Fred Walborn (standing) holds an impromptu class session on the flight deck of the USS Bataan (Courtesy of USN Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Nicholas Frank Cottone)

“I really enjoy teaching the students onboard. Even after working a 12-hour shift they were enthusiastic and still studied hard,” said Walborn. “For me, the experience is something totally different than regular classroom teaching. Plus I get to see different parts of the world every time.”

When he wasn’t in the classroom, Walborn spent his spare time aboard the Bataan playing chess with the sailors and marines, exercising, and working on a novel.

Walborn earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from the University of Illinois. He received his Master’s in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and his Master’s and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Alliant International University. In 1986, Walborn wrote a graduate-level textbook for psychotherapists titled ‘Process Variables.’ Most recently he published another book titled ‘Religion in Personality Theory.’ He also received the GSC Faculty Award of Excellence in 2011.

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