I am pleased to have the opportunity to work with students and colleagues at Nizhny Novgorod University during the fall 2007 semester. I was able to visit the University briefly in November of 2005 when I delivered a series of lectures to students in the psychology program. I also participated in an international conference that was held at Moscow State University and I was the featured speaker at a Russian-American University Forum that was held there.
I am the Chairperson of the Psychology Department and the Founding Director of the Office of Student Creative Activity and Research at the State University of New York at Fredonia. I have previously served as the Interim Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences and the Director of Campus Assessment. In addition to my administrative duties, I was the co-chair of the steering committee that conducted a campus wide self-assessment that was part of the reaccreditation for the University. Our study focused on student outcomes assessment.
I was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Burgas Free University in Bulgaria in the spring of 2001. While in Bulgaria, I gave talks at Sofia University, Varna Free University, and Veliko Turnovo University as well.
I have considerable experience in the classroom, having taught nineteen different courses. The courses that I teach most frequently are Social Psychology, Psychology and the Law, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and Health Psychology. My goal is to help Russian students to better understand the role that psychology plays in various facets of their lives and to use this information in a positive way whatever the career of their choice.
My primary research interests are in the areas of attribution theory, social cognition, and gender and cultural stereotypes. I have particularly enjoyed mentoring students on undergraduate research projects. I have thus far supervised over 50 different independent study projects and the vast majority of my students have made presentations at undergraduate research conferences. Many of them have been co-authors of my own publications and papers.
I am presently supervising a joint student research project that involves undergraduates at SUNY Fredonia and at Nizhny Novgorod State University. We are looking at how vocal cues and physical attractiveness affect the impressions that people form of one another. I want to promote additional cross-cultural research endeavors that will allow students and faculty from Russia and the United States to interact with one another.
I plan to initiate various collaborative endeavors. This will involve student and faculty exchanges as well as joint research projects. I anticipate that my experience in Russia will be just the beginning of an ongoing working relationship between our two institutions.