"Paula has the exceedingly rare gift of making people around her feel like their contributions — and moreover their very selves — matter. She listened to me with as much appreciation and spoke to me with as much respect as she did with her own superiors. Furthermore, our work was always fun because of how genuinely excited she was about the projects. I fondly remember meetings around the Science Action Center table as she fluidly quoted relevant white papers before checking in with everyone’s thoughts. Perhaps most importantly, the summer we worked together was personally very difficult and her confidence and kindness kept me going in ways other people and projects could not quite manage. I appreciated the opportunity to work with her more than she knows."
It has been a pleasure working with Dr Tallman over the past 14 months. She always responds within agreed time frames and immediately when asked. Paula is a deep thinker and makes important and out of the box connections between our work and others. She takes copious notes and has proved invaluable in the behind the scenes management of our project. I look forward to continuing to work with her- we have so much shared ground to dig.
“When Paula was at Northwestern University, I worked with her on her research study that investigated the biopsychosocial impact of deforestation on the daily lives of rural Peruvians living in the Amazon basin. Part of my role as a health psychology researcher was to advise her on optimal ways to measure psychosocial stress via self-report. Once I began working with Paula I quickly realized how unnecessary I was to the project given her deep knowledge and command of different psychosocial constructs and measurement tools. Paula’s passion and dedication to this important field of global health inequities were only rivaled by her deep and nuanced thoughtfulness on these matters, and her ability to apply creative, culturally-attuned methods and approaches to addressing them.”
Dr. Tallman is an inimitable woman. She is real and down to earth. Her main goal is to help us progress as students, future leaders, and people. She often said, "Critique is empowerment." Her critiques pushed us to think more creatively. I have the utmost respect for her which made me work harder; I cared about what she thought. I had to push my writing past where I thought it could go. Throughout the semester we had one major project: the research proposal. It was difficult, but pushed my work ethic. We had deadlines throughout the course for different parts of the paper. We did peer review as well. I loved working on a project for a long period of time. It is so fulfilling to look back and see our journey. It was a lot of work and dedication, but well worth it. Dr. T always asked for feedback on her course. She wanted to make it the best class she could. Our opinions were treated just as important as hers. Our voices always heard and encouraged.
"In summer 2015, I had the honor of joining Dr. Tallman and a small cohort for an invitation-only National Science Foundation Short Course in Research Methods entitled "Statistics in Ethnographic Research." I found her to be not only an astute and creative scholar but also a supportive one, too. Her collegiality proved essential by helping me push past the existing limits of my statistical understanding."
"I first met Paula during as an Urban Ecology Field Lab intern for the Field Museum. She excelled in her role as a mentor and her knowledge of research was only rivaled by her positive attitude, which helped us get through the many challenges of conducting independent research. Even though the position ended years ago, Paula and I have maintained a strong relationship. She has served as a reference, helped me refine cover letters and resumes, and guided me through the tumultuous process of searching for graduate school programs. Paula has an approachable personality and the amazing ability to treat you as an equal regardless of your background or experience. She holds you to a high standard without feeling pressured and that encourages you to reach that next level of self-improvement. Her input and feedback have been instrumental, resulting in a clearer understanding of my research interests and career goals."
In every way. Dr. Tallman is empathetic and kind. She works tirelessly to help us in every way she can. The material was challenging, we had to work hard to understand it, and our place in it. Nearly every class someone would ask, "How can I help [this issue]?" She wanted to make us better professional writers, public speakers, and people. The class material is so important, but she also focused on making us better for any class or job. I will greatly miss her at Salve Regina University. A global health department should open up for her to lead.
"Prof. Tallman is passionate, knowledgeable, and caring. She embodies a true advocate for global health and the potential our generation has to make a difference. It was a joy to take the class, and I don't say that often."
"Dr. Tallman has, without fail, gone the extra mile to make sure the quality of our education is only affected positively with the shift to online learning; she excels at using different media to accommodate different styles of learning in every class. Her mentoring skills, though virtual, are beyond what I could ask for from a professor; she is attentive to the varying levels of knowledge students brought into the course, and is always reachable for help, whether for class content, or general advice on how to best take on university life. Her passion for social justice instilled a sense of responsibility in me to learn as much as I can about human biology to understand the little ways I can help alleviate suffering in my community. Overall, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have crossed paths with Dr. Tallman and I trust that she will continue to make the world a better place one student at a time."
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