Conor McLennan joined Cleveland State University as an assistant professor in the Psychology department just three years after receiving his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo. He spent that time at the University at Buffalo in a postdoctoral position to gain further research experience. His background in research allows him to teach such classes as Behavioral Science Statistics and Memory and Cognition.
While planning for his CSU teaching career, McLennan considered that some students in his Behavioral Science Statistics course would be hesitant to participate due to the intimidating nature of statistics. Instead of lecturing to a silent classroom, he wanted to engage his class and confirm their comprehension of the course material. Based on the recommendation of a fellow professor, McLennan thought that the TurningPoint student response system would be a welcome addition to his classes to increase participation and gauge understanding.