Psychology Department
Dr. Jack Croxton

Dr. Jack Croxton
 

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Research

My training is in the field of Social Psychology. The majority of my research has been in the area of attribution processes, or how people infer causality when perceiving the behavior of others. In particular, I have tried to document and explain why people often make mistakes or exhibit biases when asked to explain why people act in a certain way. I am also interested in how schemas can influence our recall of information about others. Another area that I have studied concerns the role of gender stereotypes in sports related settings. Most recently, I have been investigating cultural stereotypes and their impact on impression formation. I always try to involve undergraduates in my research and many of them have co-authored my papers and publications.

Teaching

The courses that I most commonly teach are Social Psychology, Psychology and the Law, and Organizational Psychology. I have also taught courses such as Health Psychology, Sports Psychology, and Applied Psychology. Most recently I have developed a course called Positive Psychology.  In addition to teaching undergraduates, I teach a graduate course that concerns the role of expectancy effects in the classroom environment. I recently received a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach in Russia and I found it to be a very rewarding experience. I have been a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria as well. I love interacting with students in the classroom, in my office, in the hall, or on the streets. I try to be a mentor, facilitator, and active listener. I always try to motivate my students by conveying my own genuine interest in the course material. My advice to students is to study and travel abroad as much as possible in order to expand your horizons.

Department and University Service

I was recently promoted to Distinguished Service Professor and I was the Chair of the Psychology Department for fourteen years. I am currently the Director of the Office of Student Creative Activity and Research. A few years ago I served as the Interim Dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences. For three years I was the Director of the Office of Assessment.  I was also the Co-Chair of the Middle States Steering Committee that focused on student outcomes as part of our ten-year re-accreditation self-study in 2000. Over the years I have chaired many college-wide committees.  I am currently working with colleagues at St. Petersburg State University in Russia to promote student and faculty exchanges between our two universities. 

Selected Student - Faculty Collaboration

Palmer, L., & Croxton, J. (2013, April-May).  Leadership perceptions as a function of gender, attractiveness, experience, and gender role.  Paper and poster presented at the 41st annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and at the Student Research and Creativity Exposition, SUNY Fredonia. 

Mahany, C., Dupont, A., Merisola, O., & Croxton, J. (2013, April-May).  The stigma associated with chronic illness.  Paper and poster presented at the 41st annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, and at the Student Research and Creativitiy Exposition, SUNY Fredonia. 

Menard, S., Mioso, S., & Croxton, J. (2012, April).  Perceptions of a bearded man as a function of occupation, sexual orientation, and mental health.  Paper and poster presented at the 40th annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, and at the Student Research and Creativity Exposition, SUNY Fredonia. 

Greenberg, L., & Croxton, J. (2011, April).  Perceptions of liking as mediated by degree of proxemic choice, gaze, and gender of a target.  Paper and poster presented at the 39th annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, and at the Student Research and Creativity Exposition, SUNY Fredonia. 

Greenberg, L., McMahon, R., & Croxton, J. (2010, April). Effects of mood and transgression on forgiveness. Paper and poster presented at the 38th annual Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, and at the Student Research & Creativity Exposition, SUNY Fredonia. 

Bonadonna, S., Gao, K., & Croxton, J. (2009, April). Perceptions of relationship dissolution as a function of gender and physical attractiveness. Paper and poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, and at the Student Research & Creativity Exposition, SUNY Fredonia. 

Donlon, A., Blakely, K., & Croxton, J. (2008, April). Perceptions of Russian students as a function of gender, physical attractiveness, and vocal cues. Poster presented at the Western Pennsylvania Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Erie, PA, and at the Student Research & Creativity Exposition, SUNY Fredonia.


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