I am a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL.  I received my Ph.D. in Social/Organizational Psychology from Temple University

Drawing upon Simon Sinek's Start with Why, my professional "why" is to provide students with meaningful educational experiences.  This "why" informs how I construct my courses, the types of scholarly activities I pursue, and my approach to departmental leadership.  


My research focuses on the "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning."  My current interests focus on how instructors can help students develop the types of skills valued in the workplace as students engage in the course content.  To help students assess their confidence they possess the types of skills valued by employers, Dr. Natalie Ciarocco and I have developed the Employable Scales Self-Efficacy Scale.

I am particularly passionate about supporting undergraduate research.  I am a coauthor of Discovering the Scientist Within, an undergraduate psychological research methods textbook and a codeveloper of the website TeachPsychScience.org, a repository of teaching resources to support the teaching of research methods


I am also a Councilor for the Psychology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

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