The 25 full-time and approximately 35 part-time faculty in our department provide a climate of diversity. We have no single dominant orientation to the field of psychology (i.e., behavioristic, humanistic, etc.) but rather have a balanced mix of views and interests. The members of the department have a commitment to excellence in teaching and over a third of our faculty have won college and campus-wide teaching awards. On the teaching evaluation forms, which students complete anonymously, department faculty are typically rated among the best teachers in the college.
Our faculty are also active in research and professional and community service. In sum, members of our faculty have written twenty books and numerous chapters for books in areas of their expertise. They average ten or eleven articles each in professional journals with several faculty publishing from 30 to 45 articles each. The knowledge gained through department research is shared in many forums from professional meetings to the popular media. Over 600 research papers have been presented by our faculty at national and international psychology conferences. Those faculty who have conducted research in areas of direct public interest have also had their work described on radio and television, and in the national press.
Furthermore, psychology faculty often serve as consultants to industry and community agencies such as the police, youth programs, women’s shelters, and educational institutions. They can also be found as editorial consultants, expert witnesses in court, and on government scientific committees. One member of our faculty is on leave serving as a member of the California State Assembly.