I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Virginia in May 2008 and I am currently a Professor of Psychology and the Director of Faculty Development at Butler University in Indianapolis.
One line of my research program focuses on memory errors and the factors that contribute to them. I am especially interested in what memory errors and memory confidence can tell us about how the memory system works. The other line of my research program explores issues related to teaching and learning. I am particularly intrigued by questions of how digital technologies disrupt attention in the classroom and what study strategies are most effective.
My teaching interests include courses on memory and amnesia, cognitive psychology, advanced labs in cognitive psychology, research methods and data analysis, introductory psychology, seminars on memory in media, career counseling in psychology, and mentoring undergraduate researchers. I am also dedicated to faculty development in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service.
I live in Brown County with my husband, Andrew, and my four-legged children [Chester (Beagle mix), Annie (Beagle mix), Tilly (Treeing Walker Coonhound), and Audrey (cat)].
Dr. Bungard hails from the Buckeye State, having earned a BA from Denison University in Granville, Ohio before moving westwards down I-70 to Ohio State University where he earned both an MA and a PhD. He has continued his travel westwards down I-70, landing here at Butler University, where he has taught since 2008.
Areas of Research
Dr. Bungard’s research looks broadly at humor and theatre from the ancient world. He has published on laughter in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes as well as several articles in English and Italian on the role of clever slaves in the comedies of the 2nd century BCE playwright Plautus. He is also interested in the ways that ancient theatre continues to speak to the modern world whether in the classroom or the enduring themes of Medea’s story, connecting her experience with music in the modern world.
Dr. Bungard has also turned his hand to translating various plays of Plautus. His translation of Truculentus has been performed by an all-female cast at Butler as well as an international cast in Toronto.
Dr. Bungard’s interest in humor stems from humor’s ability to encourage us to think about gaps in a world that we may think is perfectly whole. Humor exposes our values and prejudices, and it allows us to find alternatives when discussions founder along the lines of beliefs that may seem ‘natural’ and ‘normal’.
Dr. Bungard teaches intermediate and advanced Latin courses on authors as broad ranging as Caesar, Vergil, Seneca, and Plautus. He also teaches upper level courses in translation on Ancient Drama, Ancient Law, and Epic Poetry. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, led him to teach a First Year Seminar entitled "Why Is It Funny?".
In addition, Dr. Bungard regularly takes students to Rome and the Bay of Naples for summer study courses on Roman literature, exploring the intersections of texts and physical sites. As part of this course, students develop short digital stories imagining what it would have been like to live near Mt. Vesuvius on the fateful day of the eruption in 79 CE.
Carol manages projects for Faculty Development, Sponsored Programs, and Institutional Research and Assessment, and provides support to the Associate Provost. Over the summer, Carol is transitioning into a new role, Academic Systems Administrator, responsible for platforms associated with student success management, faculty activity reporting and evaluations, student course evaluations, among others.
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