Dr. Stephen Pijanowski was inspired to become a teacher and social psycholgist when a college sociology professor commented during a lecture, “People who study social science recognize there’s something wrong with the world and they want to change it.” His words, in addition to his personal experiences as a male have cultivated my passion to study the social structures, which have resulted in various types of social inequality. While his professor’s words had a profound impact on his academic trajectory, his ability to effectively teach psychological concepts and connect with college students also motivated him to pursue a teaching career. As an instructor, Dr. Stephen Pijanowski aims to share a theoretical and real world applicable knowledge of psychology that will: allow students to develop a comprehensive understanding of theories and the social world; become aware of existing social structures and inequalities, and hopefully encourage them to be agents of positive social change in our global society.
Additionally, some students may be more comfortable vocally participating in class discussions while others prefer more written forms of self-expression to share their thoughts, which is why journals, class participation, and discussions will also be forms of assessment. In order to create an inclusive and effective learning environment for all students, Dr. Stephen Pijanowski feels it is important to meet students at their level wherever that may be. Only then can a true process of learning occur.
He worked with and in the LGBT studies field for over 15 years. This was while he was doing his B.A., M.A. and now his PhD degree. He wants students to develop and understand the world around them and know diversity is a benefit to learning.
Social psychology; Existing social structures and inequalities.