information about me.
These questions were developed by the members of the California University of Pennsylvania
Psychology Club; I just provided the answers.
Where were you
born and raised?
I was born in Bryn Mawr, PA and moved to Harrisburg, PA
when I was seven years old. For the past 24 years I have lived in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Where did you
go to school?
I got my Bachelor's degree in English from the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1963. I got my Masters Degree and
Doctorate from Bowling Green State University in 1978.
|What jobs have you
After graduating from college I went to the Navy
Officer's Candidate school and spent the next ten years as a supply officer. After
my discharge I went to graduate school, and after I got my Ph.D. Since then, I have held
the following jobs.
Development Dimensions International.
DDI is a consulting firm in Pittsburgh, PA that
specializes in developing state-of-the-art personnel selection and training programs.
I specialized in developing assessment centers for a variety of clients.
Psychological Consultants to Industry
PCI is a smaller consulting firm that specialized in
supervisory, management, and executive assessment.
Partners In Change
PIC is a small consulting firm that specializes in
industrial training system design and evaluation.
California University of Pennsylvania
I was hired at California University of Pennsylvania
did you decide to become a psychologist?
Actually there are two reasons. When the U.S.
Navy and I decided to part company, I went to a career counselor in Philadelphia. He
suggested that I had the interests and ability to become a Psychologist, Psychiatrist,
Computer Programmer, or Librarian. I chose industrial psychology even though at the
time I was not sure what an industrial psychologist was.
My second reason was the fact that my Mother returned
to graduate school when she was 58 and got her Ph.D. in Anthropology when she was
62. I decided that if my Mom could do this, I could do it.
is the one thing you like most about psychology?
The thing I like the most is the opportunity to teach,
do research, and consult with industrial clients. Of these three, I like teaching
the best. I especially like the challenge of teaching psychological statistics.
Most students think that this course is going to be some sort of intellectual root
canal. I think I make the course relatively painless.
is your specialty area?
other areas are you interested in?
Right now, I am especially interested in applied personality assessment. I
have been doing research work in this area since 1991.
is your teaching style?
I guess that most students would say that I am pretty laid back. While I
try to adjust my approach to each class, I seem to emphasize lecture the most. I
like to encourage small group discussions whenever I can, and I try to bring my classes
alive by using as many real life examples as I can. I also try to make class fun,
but this is hard to do when I teach Statistics.
you evaluate students' performance?
For most classes I have frequent short quizzes. In a typical semester I may
have 8 to 12 quizzes. Generally, I drop the lowest quiz score if there are
more than six quizzes in a semester. Depending on the class, these quizzes may
account for between 40% and 75% of the overall grade. The rest of the scores come
from homework, and papers. I don't believe in extra credit
reading do you require in your classes?
This depends on the class. For introductory classes, where students are
being exposed to the topic for the first time, I have relatively little reading, perhaps a
text chapter a week. For advanced and graduate-level classes my expectations
are much higher.
papers do you require?
I have at least one paper for each class I teach except for statistics. To
keep statistics students from being disappointed, I give them three take-home tests.
you could eat one food for the rest of your life without ill effects whatsoever, what food
would you choose?
Chocolate, I believe that chocolate is a basic and little understood food
you could live a year in any place in the world with all expenses paid, where would you
This is a hard question to answer. It would be a choice between Paris
and Florence. In either case, I would spend a considerable amount of time traveling.
you could wake up tomorrow to learn that the major newspaper headlines were about
you, what would you want them to say?
There are many things...I guess one of the headlines would be: College
Professor Wins Country's Largest Lottery. In the sports
section I would like to see, Steelers Draft College Professor.
In the science section I would like to see, Industrial Psychologist
Discovers the Gene for Intolerance and How to Control It.
you could have lunch with any psychologist, living or dead, whom would you choose and why?
Given that I could also speak German, I would choose Freud. I don't
understand Freud well and I would like to discuss his ideas, especially in light of what
we know today about human behavior and cognition.