All CSB/SJU faculty have unique and varying research interests. As a featured example of this, the following is Dr. Richard Wiekiewicz's response to a question regarding his research interest (with details of other faculty research interests coming soon):
- Quantitative methods: I teach Applied Behavioral Statistics and Tests and Measures. I'm interested in many aspects of psychometrics. I have developed a measure of attitudes toward leadership and published several related articles. I developed a multiple choice test we have used to assess student learning of the content of the psychology curriculum. I am doing research on an unpublished measure of leadership processes in organizations. I am interested in almost any student project that involves surveys and/or survey development. Most recently, I was the faculty moderator for a study of perfectionism.
- Principles of Learning and Behavior: My graduate dissertation was on the topic of the differential outcomes effect and I have several publications in this area. However, I later migrated to the area of school psychology and even wrote and published a book on applying behavior management principles in a school setting. Often, I assist students who are interested in a career in school psychology. My approach to teaching Principles of Learning tends to emphasize applications such as how the media influence us and how to use behavior management principles appropriately.
- The environment: I am a strong believer in the need for society to move in a more sustainable direction. I drive a gas-electric hybrid called the Prius. I regularly teach a seminar on Psychology and the Environment and I bring up environmental issues frequently in my other classes. I have a couple of specific research and teaching ideas I would like to pursue that are directly related to the environment and environmental issues.
- Leadership: With my colleague, Stephen Stelzner, I have been interested in how ecological principles can be applied to better understanding leadership processes. Some of my psychometric research relates to this area of interest and I have several related on-going writing projects. A book may eventually be another outcome of this interest.