A Message from the Faculty…
The psychology department seeks to teach students to gain a firm grounding in:
- Content-based knowledge including a basic understanding of human development, cognition, neuroscience, counseling, personality, psychological disorders and history.
- Intellectual skills including critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills and scientific skills.
- Personal characteristics including creativity, open-mindedness, interpersonal relationships, cultural sensitivity and ethics.
Professor of Psychology
B.A., North Central College
M.S. Ed., Northern Illinois University
Ed.D., Northern Illinois University
Dr. Skalski has a liberal background in clinical/counseling, development, and the theory and philosophy of psychology. Dr. Skalski has training in counseling psychology and has worked in clinical settings. He has worked as a S.A.S.S. (Screening, Assessment, and Support Services) Counselor/Clinician in the Chicago suburbs. He was also employed conducting psychiatric assessment in the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Emergency Room in Georgia during his graduate studies. Professor Skalski's research draws from overlapping areas in the disciplines of psychology, moral development, philosophy, religion, and education. His preliminary research has focused on life-altering developmental discontinuities or transformations and received news media attention from Forbes
, United Press International, International Business Times, Daily Mail, Medical News Today, and other outlets. Dr. Skalski is interested in self-deception, as a counterfeit way of relating that can result when one does not live in accordance with his/her moral or ethical sense of how to regard others, and he has written about how computer-mediation affects the lived experience of interpersonal relationships. Dr. Skalski's most recent empirical research examines discontinuities from negatively tolerating another person to positive experiences of that same person, and has resulted in considerations about the significance of compassion as part of the human experience.