Since arriving at NYU in 2010, Jay has taught over 20 psychology courses (on 9 different topics) in New York and Abu Dhabi. His classes have ranged from intimate seminars with a handful of students to a massive introduction to psychology course with over 300 students. His classes are designed to be challenging and immersive, but also inclusive to encourage the best in our students and bring education outside the classroom. For instance, last year he co-taught a course on social identity at NYU-AD with Professor Tessa West. The class was incredibly diverse, with students who spoke at least 20 different languages! These are sensitive and complex issues to discuss in any setting, but the students were deeply engaged with the class and generative innovative ideas to address pressing social issues around the globe. Jay also did something highly innovative and shared his teaching materials (syllabus, articles, news stories, videos, activities, etc) on Twitter after class each day allowing over 100,000 people from around the globe to review and discuss course. This allowed the course to have an impact both inside the classroom as well as with the broader global community.
Jay has organized workshops and mentorship opportunities at NYU and other professional conferences for young scholars. For instance, he recently served on a panel at NYU on improving diversity and inclusion across campus. He has co-hosted a job market workshop for underrepresented minorities and done a mentoring panel at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference. Finally, Jay has hosted underrepresented minority students in his lab for summer training at part of a summer institute for undergraduate research. This gives unique opportunities for students who would otherwise not have access to the world-class research and training facilities at NYU and promotes the university to students around the country.
Jay recently co-founded Letters for Young Scientists at Science Magazine. This is a monthly column where he and a handful of his colleagues provide professional advice to early career scientists. Jay has already coauthored numerous columns on topics ranging from how to apply to graduate school to navigating social media for young scientists. These columns are widely distributed by the AAAS and are read by tens of thousands of early career scholars every month. The goal is to help undergraduates and graduate students successfully navigate the many challenges of a scientific career in a way that furnishes their passions. These activities help scale the lessons from his teaching and mentorship well beyond the walls of the psychology department and provide a pathway for success to countless students across our international university.