I am an Industrial-Organizational psychologist, which means (broadly) that my research focuses on applying psychological principles to the workplace in order to improve worker well-being and performance. Industrial-Organizational psychology is currently one of the fastest growing occupations in the United States, with opportunities in research / academia as well as applied opportunities in organizational consulting. Therefore, it is an exciting time to be involved in this field of psychology!
One of the best features of psychology – and the various disciplines within the field – is that the majority of topics are relevant to everyday life. Regardless of whether or not you are a psychology major, you can benefit a great deal from the concepts you learn in psychology courses. Accordingly, in all of my classes I seek to not only develop students' knowledge about psychological principles, but also encourage students to apply the information they learn in order to enhance their personal and professional experiences.
When I am not educating the great young minds of tomorrow, I enjoy being outside exploring the hiking and biking trails of the Decorah area. I also enjoy maintaining my involvement in farming, as I grew up on a farm and this continues to be a personal interest of mine. Finally, I make it a point to keep up to date on current country music CD and song releases, as I know my students are eager to be informed on present country music happenings.