As an Industrial-Organizational psychologist, my research focuses on applying psychological principles to the workplace in order to improve worker well-being and performance. Industrial-Organizational psychology is a rapidly growing field and was recently ranked #2 in the U.S. News and World Report's list of the 10 best science jobs. This area of psychology offers a wealth of opportunity in both research/academia and applied organizational consulting.
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 greatly benefit from psychology courses. In all of the classes I teach, I encourage students to apply the information they learn to enhance their personal and professional experiences.
When I am not educating the great young minds of tomorrow, you can find me 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 country music happenings.