Title: Instructor Department: Psychology
Office: L 1744 Phone: 952-358-8897 Email
B.S. in Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Minnesota
Recent Courses Taught
- Introduction to Psychology (face to face and online)
- Psychology of Personality
- Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
- Psychology of the Holocaust
- Social Psychology
I love working with students, and have been teaching at Normandale since 2002. My courses emphasize experiential learning about the "great things" being studied. If there was only one way in which I hoped my courses would influence students, it would be to encourage the engagement of their whole selves to somehow make the world better. I try to nurture close working relationships with students so that together we can enjoy the process of wrestling with difficult and important questions concerning human behavior.
My main specialization concerns the psychology of religion and spirituality. I regularly blog at a personal site as well as a Psychology Today site about a variety of topics, including psychology, religion, education, genocide, awe, love, and peace. I also teach in Normandale's Religious Studies Program.
Most of my time outside of work is spent hanging out with my wife and two daughters.
Beyond this, I love to challenge myself to think and develop in new ways through active participation in my church, reading, good conversations, and travel. I enjoy anything that gets me into nature such as snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, gardening, and photography.
I also enjoy cooking and savoring quality food and drinks, especially those that are locally grown (particularly from my own garden!).