Faculty Profile

David Landers, PhD

Instructor of Psychology and Gender Studies, Emeritus

Ph.D. Educational Counseling, Wayne State University
M.A., Guidance and Counseling, Michigan State
B.A., English and Secondary Education, Alma College
A.A. English, Auburn Community College

Areas of Expertise:

Bullying, LGBTQ and men's issues, Academic Achievement and Gender, Transition from High School to College, Sexual Assault/Date Rape issues, Alcohol/Drug issues

Served on the NCAAD-11 Faculty Leadership Institute

Participated in NE-10 Health and Safety Summit

Served on a panel at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio as a responder to the keynote talk given by Dr. Biran Hainline, the Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA.

Chair of the NE-10 Faculty Athletics Representatives Executive Council

Courses I Teach:

  • Practicum
  • Sports Psychology
  • Theories of Counseling

Other Campus Roles:

  • NCAA - Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR)
  • Chair Athletic Advisory Council
  • Member of the Sports Council

My Saint Michael's:

I have worked here for over 30 years and love the sense of community and working with so many students both in and outside of the classroom.  I have been so lucky to have formed strong relationships with so many people here over the years and enjoy staying in touch with former students from even 30 years ago.

Research Interests:

Academic achievement and athletics research.

NCAA D-II Dr. David Pariser Faculty Mentor of the Year Award in 2014 

SMC Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) Faculty of the Year Award (2016)

Three times in my career, the graduating class and student editors have honored me with Saint Michael's College Yearbook Dedications.

Life Off Campus:

Vermont offers so much and I try to take advantage of all of it. I ski, snowshoe, bike, hike, kayak and recently went ziplining.  I love photography and Vermont offers so many amazing places to take pictures.

David Landers, instructor of psychology and gender studies/NCAA faculty athletic representative, was on a panel this past winter at the NCAA Convention in Nashville, TN. Invited by the NCAA National Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the NCAA's Sport Science Institute, the panel spoke on “Mental Health and Student-Athletes” and Dave talked about the notable work being done at Saint Michael's College by Hope Happens Here, a student-initiated program addressing the stigma attached to depression, anxiety and suicide.
(posted June 2017)

Dave Landers, instructor of psychology and gender studies, has  been elected to serve his second three-year term as the Chair of the NE-10 Faculty Athletics Representatives Executive Council.  He recently (October 2-4) was on a panel and served on the Steering Committee for the NCAA D-II Faculty Athletics Representatives Advanced Leadership Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana at the NCAA Headquarters.  In October he also spoke at Nichols College in Massachusetts about his book I Wish He’d Taught Me How To Shave and issues of Men and Masculinities.
(posted January 2016)

Dave Landers, instructor of psychology, did a workshop on “Mind, Body and Sport” for the Assumption College Athletic Department, and then followed that up with a workshop on Concussed Student-Athletes for the Athletic Department and the Academic Administration. This summer Dave also presented a workshop on Masculinity/Femininity and Leadership for the Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders program out of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val Kill in Hyde Park, NY.
(posted September 2015)

Dave Landers, instructor of psychology and gender studies, was awarded the NCAA  Dr. Dave Pariser Faculty Mentor Award, presented by the Division II Student Athletic Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C., in January. He also was the in-studio guest on a recent VPR Vermont Edition with Jane Lindholm talking about fraternities, and was on the ESPN – Sports Talk Radio recently talking about student-athletes and the Final Four. Further, Dave was part of the South Burlington High School Life After High School transitions program along with two Saint Michael’s seniors in April, and he spoke with all 425 student-athletes at Franklin Pierce University on the topics of Mind, Body and Sport: Understanding and Supporting Student-Athlete Mental Wellness on March 24.
(posted April 2015)

Dave Landers, assistant professor of psychology, and Zaf Bludevich, associate director of athletics, presented a workshop on concussed student athletes to the NE-10 Student Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) members on June 1 at the Inn at Essex, as the group gathered for its annual spring meeting. Dave then presented a workshop on “Diversity with a Capital D,” in which he discussed issues of diversity and inclusion. Dave also was elected to the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill in Hyde Park, NY, in December, joining both Marc and Dana vanderHeyden on the Board of Directors. Dave presented a workshop the last week in May to the Eleanor Roosevelt Community College Emerging Leaders Program, titled, “Leadership – Masculinity and Femininity – What’s the Connection?” A story about Dave’s work at Saint Michael’s appeared in the most recent newsletter of the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill as well.
(posted August 2014)

Saint Michael's Magazine story: Landers writes book on father relationships

Father relationships fascinate us - men and women both. They're powerful determinants of our adult selves and emotions. To Dave Landers, a longtime Saint Michael's psychology instructor and personal counselor, college always seemed like a sensible time to get a grip on the matter, so for years in his popular course on Men and Masculinities, he assigned his students a personal essay titled "How My Father Influenced My View of What a Man Is."

"They were amazing" Landers says of students' work, noting how the class is always equally divided between men and women. "There was joy, there was sorrow, there was pain and sadness, there was excitement and there was fear." He knew he "had something" with these essays, and so with student permission, he hung on to them for years, until finally, that "something" came to him: these honest and heartfelt student reflections were a book waiting to be compiled and written.

Two summers ago, Landers had a chance to spend a week in Maine by the sea and do nothing but write. The result is the 69-year-old's first book, I Wish He'd Taught Me How to Shave, released in August by Wind Ridge Books of Vermont. The title is pulled from one student's essay about his loving but complex relationship with his dad and the big and little things, either experienced or missed, that mattered in hindsight.

The August 15 book signing on campus was a classic Saint Michael's community event. Landers is a fixture on campus after 31 years of active enthusiasm for the institution, and on an otherwise quiet weekday summer afternoon he was gratified to see friends and supporters lining up nearly out the door waiting to have books signed. They then gathered to hear Landers share the story of his life and how it led to this project, from teaching in rough and racially charged Pontiac, Michigan in the 1960s, to coming to St. Mike's because his brother-in-law, former trustee Jim Wall '74, "had always spoken so lovingly of it and the impact it had on him and everybody he knew." Landers soon became head of the college's counseling center and led it for 23 years. There, as in Michigan, he said, "Again I found out, students just wanted someone to listen to them." During this period he also developed the Men and Masculinities class.

"I wanted to give my students a voice," he said of the class and book that grew out of it. Lin Stone, publisher of Wind Ridge Books, said, "Sometimes it's important to challenge dominant paradigms and to invert them when they're no longer healthy for society." In the book, Landers shares how some of his father's traditional male behaviors affected his early and later life, as did his dad's drinking and premature death when Landers was 15. The author, at times a little choked up, finished by reading thank you credits at the event. He closed by saying, "Mom, I know you would be proud, and Dad, I know you would have never understood, but I also know you both did the best job you knew how to do."

Dr. Dave Landers Interview about his new book

Dave Landers, instructor of psychology and gender studies, began a three-year elected term as chair of the NE-10 Faculty Athletics Representatives Executive Council on Jan. 1, 2013. Dave has served for the past year and a half as a member of the Executive Council and when the chair position opened up he was nominated and elected by other Faculty Athletics Representatives. Dave also continues to serve as chair of the college's Athletic Advisory Council, faculty adviser for the Student Association, faculty adviser for the Psychology Club and now the faculty adviser for the newly recognized/formed Beta Chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.

Dave Landers, instructor of psychology, has adapted technology from the campus "Tegrity" system in clever and innovative ways for their classrooms. He uses Tegrity regularly for both his Sports Psychology and Theories of Counseling courses. In the Saint Edmund's Hall "Psych Lab" a one-way glass pane is installed between the interview room and a small classroom on the other side. Each room is equipped with a Tegrity setup. Two students role-play an interview in the interview room, much as a psychologist would do.

The session is recorded and viewed live by the instructor and students on a closed circuit TV screen in the classroom, allowing them to analyze and discuss in real time. The dialogue and instructor's notes on an Ideapaint wall are recorded by Tegrity, including instructor use of a whiteboard (actually Idea Paint). The information that the two Tegrity recordings give the students helps them to see their strengths and weaknesses in their interviewing skills and creates a non-threatening environment for the role-players at the same time, Dave says.

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