Facts and Figures About the Department
The effectiveness of the University of Scranton psychology program is demonstrated in part by the following achievements:
- Periodic surveys of our graduating seniors show widespread satisfaction with the program. For instance, in Spring 2012, 93% of our graduating psychology seniors gave the overall program an A or B, and 93% rated the quality of teaching as an A or B. Also, 68% of the class gave the department a grade of A or B for opportunity to do research, and 73% gave the department a grade of A or B for the opportunity for practical experience.
- A notable proportion of our graduates go on to Ph.D. programs in psychology with financial assistance. Achievement is also demonstrated in a study from the Office of Institutional Research at Franklin and Marshall College, which shows that over the last decade for which data were analyzed (1986-1995), the University of Scranton ranked 24th out of 254 comparable 4-year private institutions as the baccalaureate source of Ph.D.s in Psychology. Twenty University graduates received doctorates in psychology during the 1990's. In 2011-2012, 19 of our 45 graduating seniors reported obtaining acceptance to graduate school.
- Our students' knowledge of psychology, as measured by standardized tests, is well above the national average. This is reflected in their performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Psychology Subject Test and the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Achievement Test in Psychology. Compared to other institutions, the University of Scranton scored at 75th percentile on the psychology achievement test in Spring 2010.
- Psychology majors continue to conduct and present research at a rate far exceeding national norms. In the 2011-2012 academic year, for example, 27 current and past psychology undergraduates co-presented a paper or co-authored an article/book chapter with psychology faculty members.
- An indirect measure of instructional and faculty quality are awards bestowed by independent bodies. Drs. John Norcross and J. Timothy Cannon were honored as the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Dr. Thomas Hogan was named the 2000 CASE Professor of the Year at the University of Scranton. Dr. Hogan also received the 32nd Annual Gannon Memorial Award for Teaching (2000), was honored with the Teacher of the Year Award by the Class of 2000, and was recognized as Distinguished University Fellow (2003). The University of Scranton chapter of the American Psychological Society Student Caucus was chosen as the outstanding chapter in the country in 1992 and 1995. Dr. John Norcross received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award from the American Psychological Association and was recently recognized as a Distinguished University Fellow (2004). Most recently, Dr. John O’Malley received the University’s Teacher of the Year Award in 2009.
- In terms of individual honors, in 2012, seven of our graduating seniors were listed in Who’s Who. In 2011, five of our graduating seniors were listed in Who's Who. In addition, 16 of our graduating seniors in 2012 - and 14 in academic year 2011 - were members of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.