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Program Faculty

Kevin Askew, assistant professor, received a PhD from the University of South Florida. His research interests include “cyberloafing” and personal computer use at work; and the intersection of psychology and technology. He teaches courses including Quantitative and Statistical Methods, Interventions for Successful Organizations, and Personnel Psychology.

Michael Bixter, Assistant Professor, received a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stony Brook University with a graduate certificate in Quantitative Methods. He then completed two postdoctoral research positions, the first at Georgia Tech and the second at Arizona State University. His research interests include decisions about delayed and risky rewards, how decisions are made in small-group situations, and how decision making and other cognitive processes develop across adulthood. He teaches courses in statistics at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Jennifer Bragger, professor, has a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Temple University. Her research interests include leadership development, the job interview, faith at work, work-family conflict, and stereotypes at work. She teaches courses including Leadership Theory and Development, Performance Management, Personnel Psychology, Organizational Psychology, and the cooperative learning course in Leadership Development.

John Kulas, Professor, received his PhD from Northern Illinois University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Prior to, and continuing within his academic work, he has consulted with organizations on issues of culture as well as selection and measurement. His research interests include the application of interdisciplinary methodologies to organizational contexts, cognitive mechanisms involved with testing and assessment, and the descriptive modeling (and projection) of career trajectories. Dr. Kulas especially loves getting motivated undergraduate students involved in his research projects, so contact him via e-mail or simply pop by his office if you’re interested in joining his team.

Valerie Sessa, professor, received a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University. Her research interests include leadership development in college students and continuous learning at the individual, group, and organizational levels. She teaches courses including Leadership Theory and Development, Groups in Organizations and Work Attitudes and Motivation. She is the author of three books: Executive selection: Strategies for success, Jossey Bass (with Jodi Taylor, 2000), Continuous learning in Organizations: Individual, group, and organizational perspectives, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (with Manny London, 2005), Work group learning: Understanding, improving, and assessing how groups learn in organizations, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (edited with Manny London, 2008), and has one book in progress: College Student Leadership Development: Learning from Experience, Taylor and Francis.

Daniel Simonet, assistant professor, received a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa. His research interests include dysfunctional leadership, negotiation, emotional intelligence, team dynamics, and advanced psychometrics. He teaches courses including Personnel Selection and Organizational Psychology. He is also the director of the Leadership, Emotion, and Personality (LEAP) lab.

John Paul Wilson, Assistant Professor, received a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Toronto. His research is broadly focused on the interplay of perceiver and target identities in social perception. It also focuses on first impressions, face memory, and social judgments. He teaches courses in social psychology.‌ You can learn more about his research at the Perceiving People lab.