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About Arvin

Arvin Simon

Instructional Consultant for TAs


Current Role

Arvin's position at CTE supports graduate students preparing for college teaching across the disciplines. In addition to facilitating CTE workshops, Arvin welcomes consultations with graduate TAs on topics related to teaching and learning, including preparation, assessment, and classroom management. Additionally, consultation is available for TAs who are preparing to enter the job market and would like to review statements of teaching philosophy, cover letters, and CVs. His other responsibilities include managing various components of the CTE website and social media-linked outlets as well as developing teaching resources. Arvin is excited to be working with, and learning from, TAs from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Education and Experience

Arvin earned his B.A. in Psychology in 2005, followed by his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology in 2008 from the University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada. He worked as a counselor at the YWCA of Edmonton from 2008 to 2012, where he facilitated communication workshops and met with individuals and families who were experiencing psychological and family-related problems. Arvin also spent several years volunteering with Catholic Social Services tutoring and mentoring migrant and refugee youth in junior high and high school. Arvin studied, worked, and lived in and around Edmonton, Alberta, Canada until relocating to Pittsburgh in 2012 to pursue a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duquesne University. As a T.A. at Duquesne, Arvin taught Introduction to Psychology several times and specialized in teaching Psychological Disorders. He has also served as a mentor to other TAs new to teaching in the psychology department.

Arvin has been formally educated and trained in the field of clinical psychology, although his academic interests range from depth psychology, existential-humanistic literature, phenomenology, post-structuralism, social justice, spirituality, eco-psychology, and transformative urban planning. Arvin is currently completing his doctoral dissertation exploring the social and psychological impact of working in urban green spaces and how communities respond to such spaces and their development. Arvin's other interests include soccer, chess, gardening, rafting, biking and backpacking in the great outdoors.