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Matthew Sorley (Sabbatical)

Instructor III

Degrees:M.A. (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8686
Office:A521 Loeb Building


As an Instructor with the Department of Psychology, most of my professional activities revolve around teaching. Courses taught include introduction to psychology, first-year seminars, social psychology, a 4th-year capstone course, and many more. I also developed a course on sport and performance psychology (PSYC 3301), which can be taken face-to-face or completely online. I’m drawn to this field because it enhances our understanding of performance excellence and how psychological skills can be used to create conditions that help athletes and performers to thrive and realize their potential. When talking sport psych with athletes, it’s probably best if I’m not on skates. I occasionally work with individuals and groups in the community, including two years teaching non-credit courses for Discovery University. Led by the Ottawa Mission, this initiative provides educational experiences for low income and homeless adults and speaks to the power of human resilience.

Overall, a considerable portion of my time is focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. More recently I’ve begun to explore online and blended learning and how we can design environments that promote engagement and success. I’m also committed to supporting our instructors and TAs, learning from them, and participating in a community of practice.

Experiential Learning and Other Service

It is important to provide opportunities for students to acquire and refine the skills that are associated with success at university and beyond. One avenue involves supplementing traditional courses with community service learning and work experiences. With this in mind, I work with our Practicum in Community Psychology (PSYC 3901/3902) students, who are combining their academic studies with experience in applied environments. Join us at the twice annual Practicum in Community Psychology Conference (PRACTICON) and meet those presenting posters on what they’ve learned in the field. For more information on the Practicum, access Experience Psychology. Consistent with this theme, I recently served as the inaugural Experiential Learning Chair of the Department of Psychology. My current efforts in the experiential space are devoted to projects that incorporate experiential learning across various disciplines and course formats, with a focus on the first-year of study.

I’ve served a variety of administrative roles in the department and adopted a heavy focus on student engagement and program development. As Undergraduate Chair, my focus involved collaborating with our talented faculty and award-winning staff to develop a) a conference at which honours thesis and project students present posters of their research (the Psychology Undergraduate Event or PURE); b) a co-op option for our B.A. (Honours) students; and c) six Psychology concentrations, which afford students an opportunity to explore an area of Psychology in-depth, while receiving a formal designation on their degree.

During the 2019-2020 academic year, my administrative service will focus on recruitment and engaging potential students with what Carleton Psychology has to offer. If you’re thinking about joining Carleton and majoring in Psychology, you can learn more via the PSYC department website or Psychology’s program page.

Additional Background

Prior to my work at Carleton, I served as an Instructor with the Crisis Management and Human Psychology Program at Algonquin College, teaching courses on human relations, group dynamics, and abnormal psychology. I was also the Training Coordinator and a Crisis Intervention Team Leader for a 24-hour crisis hotline and was a member of the Ottawa Post-Suicide Interagency Debriefing Team. Prior to entering the field of psychology, I completed a law degree. Early considered career options included shortstop for the Toronto Blue Jays, drummer for the rock band Journey, and Spiderman.

If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to send a note. I enjoy hearing from students.