Specialty area(s)Learning Outcomes Assessment, Positive Psychology, Test/Survey Construction
Brief biographyI have combined my background as a Psychology professor with my interests in psychometrics and statistics to serve as a faculty developer and coordinator of assessment. I bring my classroom experience to bear in my consultations with faculty, staff, and departments. I serve as a conduit for ideas about effective learning outcomes assessment processes while also providing some timely and usable analysis of recent college-wide assessment projects (NSSE, Collegiate Learning Assessment, etc.) for the benefit of the institution. I continue to maintain my connections with my discipline recently having developed and currently teaching an online course in my scholarly interest of Positive Psychology. I seek to continue to address the needs for assessment for improvement of learning and accountability.
Current courses at UWLUWL 100: First Year Student Seminar
PSY 406: Positive Psychology (online)
PSY 481: Individual Projects in Psychology
Teaching historyViterbo University
--General Psychology with Lab
--Research Methods I
--Positive Psychology (Online)
--Introduction to Psychology
--Introduction to Psychology (Honors)
--Scientific Methods in Psychology
--Positive Psychology Seminar
--Theories of Personality
--Nature or Nurture (Behavioral Genetics)
--Graduate Physiological Psychology
Iowa State University
--Psychology of the Normal Personality
--History of Psychology
--Introduction to Psychology
Professional historyJune 2010- present University Assessment Coordinator, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
June 2007-June 2010 Director of College Assessment, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
August 2005- June 2007 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Viterbo University
August 2002- August 2005 Assistant Professor of Psychology, Gannon University
Summer 2000, 2001, 2002 Temporary Instructor of Psychology, Iowa State University
August 1997-May 2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant in Psychology, Iowa State University
Research and publishingVianden, J., & Barlow, P. J. (in-press). Strength the bond: Relationships between academic advising quality and undergraduate student loyalty, NACADA Journal.
Eager, E.A., Peirce, J., & Barlow, P. (2014). Math Bio or BioMath? Flipping the Mathematical Biology Classroom. Letters in Biomathematics,1(2), 139-155.
Vianden, J., & Barlow, P. J. (2014). Showing the love: Predictors of student loyalty to undergraduate institutions. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 51 (1), 16-29.
Barlow, P. J., Tobin, D. J., & Schmidt, M.M. (2009). Social interest and positive psychology: Positively aligned. Journal of Individual Psychology. 65 (3), 191-202.
EducationAugust 2002 Ph.D., Psychology, Iowa State University
Dissertation Project: “The Measurement of Optimism and Hope in Relation to College Student Retention and Academic Success” Major Professor: Norman A. Scott, Ph.D.
August 1996 M.A., Psychology (Clinical Emphasis), University of Northern Iowa
Thesis: “The Study of Optimism in a Freshman College Student Population: An Analysis of the Optimism About College Life Scale” Major Professor: Beverly A. Kopper, Ph.D.
May 1994 B.A., Psychology, Loras College, Magna Cum Laude