Teaching & Mentorship
Teaching and mentoring are strong passions of mine. I am dedicated to the inclusion of underrepresented, minority students in higher education. As a first-generation woman of color who encountered many struggles throughout formal education, I feel that it is my responsibility to guide other students who may currently be struggling, and to bring them into the higher education pipeline. I mentored over 25 undergraduate students at the University of Texas in Austin, many of whom are now in Master's, Ph.D, or M.D. programs. I continue to advise and mentor students at Mount Saint Mary's University (MSMU) in Los Angeles, where the student body consists predominantly of first-generation, Latina women, in my role as primary investigator in the Little Athenians lab, and as academic advisor to 35 undergraduate students at MSMU.
In all of my courses I enable students to develop critical thinking and self-awareness skills by discussing both empirical and mainstream literature and by incorporating hands-on, self-reflection activities. A particular goal of mine is also to improve student's writing skills; I incorporate writing workshops and writing assignments of various forms into all of my courses.
Please see my Teaching Vitae for a list of the courses I've taught.
Advising and Mentoring
At MSMU, I advise 25 psychology-major, and 10 psychology-minor students per semester. I guide these students not only in their course planning, but also in life and career planning. My focus is in helping students to make long-term career plans that they feel passionate about, and to connect them with other professionals to gather the most comprehensive information so that they may make their career-planning decisions.
In my role as the principal investigator of the Little Athenians Lab at MSMU, I also supervise undergraduate students as they design, analyze, and present their findings at national and international conferences. I truly believe that my research students are collaborators and equals (often including them as co-authors in publication, as well)--their ideas are often what lead the research in our lab, in addition to my own curiosities in the field of psychology. I strive to expose these, and other students to the ways that research can impact their own careers, the field of psychology, and the world at large.
Finally, I am also the faculty supervisor for the Student Psychology Club at MSMU. In this effort, twice per year I host a club event in which we talk about life after graduation, for students interested in pursuing a career in psychology. Topics of these conversations have included prepping for the GRE, career paths, asking for letters of recommendation, the differences between Ph.D., Psy.D., and Master's degree programs, and more.
"Dolly assisted every student and appropriately attended to specific needs of each ... she conveyed lessons in ways applicable to all students. She was clear, concise, and eager to teach"
-Student in Introduction to Child Psychology
at UT Austin
"Dr. Rojo was very clear about her expectations and was always willing to give great feedback. She truly cares about her students and provided support ... This meant a lot to me, considering I had a very tough time being back home due to COVID-19 and keeping up with assignments."
-Student in Research Methods course at MSMU
"This course is highly interesting and Dr. Rojo's teaching style is effectively engaging during lecture as she adds in varieties of activities for class participation and applies each subject matter to real-life situations."
- Student in Intro. to Psychology at MSMU
" I enjoyed the fact that you give the students many opportunities to ask questions during your lecture. You take the time to make sure that the students understand the topics in your lectures. "
- Student in Child Development course at MSMU
Photos of Research Methods (PSY 106L) Student Presentations at MSMU:
(from left: Christina Curiel, Christine Alag, Bianca Carillo, Vivan Boyer, me, me, Stephanie Quiroga, Deanna Torres, Melissa Contreras, Diana Calderon)