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Jeffrey GoodmanJeffrey Goodman

Degree: Ph.D. University of Maine
Area: Social Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Office: HHH 264
Phone: (715) 836-2215

I received my PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Maine in 2008 under the supervision of Dr. Scott Eidelman. That same year, I joined the Psychology department at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, where I am currently an Associate Professor. I am the Undergraduate Director of Psychology and for the 2015-2016 academic year, have the honor of being the Chancellor's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) Fellow (Along with Dr. Melissa Bonstead-Bruns of Sociology).

Teaching interest and classes taught

One of my favorite things about this university is the priority given to high-quality teaching and student learning. I endeavor to foster a classroom environment that is respectful of all students and is genuine and interactive. I hope that my passion for Psychological Science is apparent and that students are inspired to make connections between course content and their own lives.

In most semesters, I teach one of more sections of Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology. I typically teach Stigma, Prejudice, and Intergroup Relations once a year, and have recently taught several sections of the Big Issues capstone.

Research interest

My primary area of research focuses on the social psychology of stigma (and the related topics of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination) which cuts across ethnic/racial, sexual orientation, social status, ability, and religious stigmas. One particular question I am interested in is, "Should, and if so when, should a person mention a potentially stigmatizing aspect of one's identity?" I am also interested in the study of small group processes, especially those pertaining to minority and majority influence ("Under which situational constraints might the typical top-down pattern of social influence break down?"). Additionally, I am involved in several areas of research into attitudinal and behavioral implications of holding religious and political beliefs ("What are the relationships between religious beliefs and attitudes toward others?"). Most recently, I have taken an interest in regional personality differences and implications such differences may have for social interactions.

In addition to basic research in social psychology, I frequently conduct program analysis and evaluation research on the effectiveness of educational programs (such as those intended to improve K-12 Math and Science Teachers knowledge and pedagogical expertise). Furthermore, I am a Methodological and Statistical Consultant for fellow faculty and staff.

Student engagement

Most of the research conducted in my lab is done in collaboration with undergraduate students. Students interested in conducting research in my lab are invited to arrange a meeting to discuss potential opportunities. My undergraduate research assistants have opportunities to conduct background research, develop hypothesis, create measures and stimuli, apply their statistical knowledge to analyze data, and contribute to the dissemination of knowledge by writing and presenting a poster or assisting in the preparation of a manuscript. I expect my research students to present their findings at CERCA and many also present at national conferences.

Students who do well in a course that I teach (even if taken with another instructor), are invited to contact me about the possibility of being a student academic assistant. In this role, you can contribute to the learning of your fellow students by taking excellent notes, meeting with students, helping me develop educational materials (e.g., in-class activities), and perhaps guest lecturing on a topic that interests you.

Additionally, I enjoy advising students and assisting them in exploring their educational objectives and possible careers, career planning, mapping 4-year degree plans, and developing topical minors. If you would like to discuss your career or graduate school plans, do not hesitate to contact me.

Representative publications

Goodman, J. A., Alexander, M. G., Chizhik, A. W., & Chizhik, E. W. & Eidelman, S. (2010). Indirect influence and divergent thinking as a function of member status and task structure. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40(7), 1184-1199.

Goodman, J. A., Schell, J., Alexander, M. G., & Eidelman, S. (2008). The impact of a derogatory remark on prejudice toward a gay male leader.  Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 542-555.

Eidelman, S., Crandall, C. S., Goodman, J. A., & Blanchar, J. (2012). Low-effort thought promotes political conservatism. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(6), 808-820.

von Károlyi, C. & Goodman, J. A. (2014). The online advisor: Purpose, process, and potential. In Rick Miller & Jessica Irons's [eds] Academic advising: A handbook for advisors and students. (working title) [online ebook]. : Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Representative presentations

Goodman, J., Butcher, C., Selvanathan, H., Jeevanba, B., Timdal, A., & Miner, E. (2015). Implicit effects of religious priming on prejudice and prosocial behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Long Beach, CA and at CERCA.

Goodman, J. A., Manning, C., Benson, A., & Watson, S., & (2014). Are writers whistling Vivaldi? Empirical research on the role of stereotype threat in first-year composition. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Indianapolis, IN.

Goodman, J. A., Butcher, C., Selvanathan, H., & Delapena, A. (2014). Religious orientations predict unique patterns of prejudice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX and at CERCA.

Turner, P., Goodman, J., Watson, S., & Brandt, S. (2013). Integrative learning: A catalyst for reshaping liberal education. Poster presented at AAC&U Conference: Student success and the quality agenda, Miami, FL.

Selected awards

Excellent in Advising Award (2015). University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Friends of TRIO Award (2015). University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.