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Dana S. Dunn

Dana DunnProfessor of Psychology (1987)

Education
  • B.A., Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia
Contact

Email: dunn@moravian.edu
Phone: 610-861-1562
Office: PPHAC, Room 231
Personal website: home.moravian.edu/public/psych/dunn/

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Social psychology, especially social cognition,  attribution, and finding meaning; rehabilitation psychology, especially the social psychology and positive psychology of disability; the teaching of psychology, particularly writing, research methods, and the psychology of adjustment; assessment issues, learning outcomes, and quality benchmarks for undergraduate education.

Biography

Dana S. Dunn is currently Professor of Psychology and Director of the Learning in Common (LinC) Curriculum at Moravian. He previously served as Chair of the Departments of Psychology and Philosophy, respectively. Dunn earned his PhD in experimental social psychology from the University of Virginia, having previously graduated with a BA in psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author or editor of 12 books. Dunn has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews. He involves students in his research whenever possible.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of Psychological Science (APS), and Eastern Psychological Association (EPA), Dunn served as President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology in 2010. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, the program committee of the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (NIToP), and the board of directors of the EPA. He is a frequent speaker at national and regional psychology conferences.

Dunn is currently working on several writing projects, including a book (with Jacqueline Cranny of the University of New South Wales, Australia) on psychological literacy. Further information about his career, interests, and research with Moravian students can be found at: http://home.moravian.edu/public/psych/dunn/

His blog on the teaching of psychology—Head of the Class—at Psychology Today magazine can be accessed here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/head-the-class

Dunn resides in Bethlehem, PA with his family.

Selected Publications

* Moravian student

  • Dunn, D. S. (2009). Research Methods for Social Psychology. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Dunn, D. S. (2010). The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research (2nd ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Dunn, D. S., & *Dougherty, S. B. (2005). Prospects for a positive psychology of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 305-311.
  • Dunn, D. S., McCarthy, M., Baker, S., Halonen, J. S., & Hill, G. W., IV. (2007). Quality benchmarks in undergraduate psychology programs. American Psychologist, 62, 650-670.
  • Dunn, D. S., & Elliott, T. R. (2008). The place and promise of theory in rehabilitation psychology research. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 254-267.
  • Dunn, D. S., & *Brody, C. (2008). Defining the good life following acquired physical disability. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 413-425.
  • Dunn, D. S., McCarthy, M. A., Baker, S. C., Halonen, J. S., & *Boyer, S. (in press). Understanding faculty reluctance as reactance and opportunity for persuasion: A social psychology of assessment. To appear in D. Mashek & E. Y. Hammer (Eds.), Empirical research in teaching and learning: Contributions from social psychology. New York: Wiley.
Recent Activities of Note

2010

  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, was one of 400 psychology educators who took part in the reading and grading of the Advanced Placement (AP) Psychology Exam in Kansas City, Missouri, June 9-17. This year, 173,000 exams (30,000 more than last year) taken by high school students around the world were graded during the week-long AP Psychology Reading. Dunn has served as an AP Reader since 2006. This year Dunn served as a Table Leader, a reader who assesses other graders' adherence to the answer rubric for one of the two AP Psychology essay exam questions.
  • Following the AP Reading, Dr. Dunn delivered a keynote address at the annual Eastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (EToP), which is sponsored by James Madison University. Dunn spoke on "Speaking Across the Psychology Curriculum" during the conference, which was held June 18-19 in Staunton, Virginia.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, recently led a workshop on "Leading and Teaching through Active Reading" at the Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Xavier University of Louisiana, in New Orleans. Dunn spoke to faculty members on student and faculty attitudes regarding reading assignments, determining whether and how to properly pitch course readings to course levels, and developing rubrics and assessment materials for examining students' critical reading skills. Xavier is one of America's Historic Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases, and Recommendations, a textbook edited by Dana S. Dunn, Bernard C. Beins, Maureen A. McCarthy, and G. William Hill IV, was reviewed by David S. Kreiner in PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books ("Down the Rabbit Hole: Psychology Programs From Start to Finish," May 5, 2010, Vol. 55).
  • An article written by Dana Dunn with his former SOAR student, Cliff Brody, was the fourth most downloaded article in 2009 from the journal Rehabilitation Psychology. An article Dunn wrote with an earlier SOAR student, Sarah Dougherty, was the 49th most downloaded in 2009. Dunn, D. S., & Brody, C. (2008). Defining the good life following acquired physical disability; and Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 413-425. (SOAR co-author) Dunn, D. S., & Dougherty, S. B. (2005). Prospects for a positive psychology of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 305-311. (SOAR co-author)
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, recently served on an external review team evaluating the academic program at the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of San Diego. The other member of the team was Maureen A. McCarthy of Kennesaw State University. Together, Dunn and McCarthy have published several articles and chapters on quality benchmarking and assessment in higher education.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, recently served as a member of a team of external reviewers of the Department of Psychology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The other team members were Julio Ramierz (Davidson College) and Debra Hull (Wheeling Jesuit University). Dunn was invited to specifically comment on best practices for undergraduate research with faculty members, curriculum matters, the teaching of statistics in psychology, and the role of lab-based courses in the social sciences.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, gave a keynote address at the 24th Annual Annual Conference on the Teaching of Psychology hosted by Farmingdale State College of the SUNY system. The conference was held in Tarrytown, N.Y. The title of Dunn's talk was "The Blueprint Book, Assessment, and Future Directions for the Psychology Major." While inTarrytown, Dunn toured the famed Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and visted the graves of Washington Irving (one of his favorite authors) and Andrew Carnegie.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently served as external reviewer of the Department of Psychology at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va. Founded in 1836, Emory & Henry is a liberal arts college that currently enrolls around 900 students.
  • "Teaching by doing: Making research methods active and engaging," a chapter written by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, appeared in the electronic book Essays from e-xcellence in teaching (Vol. 9, pp. 11-16), edited by S. A. Meyers & J. R. Stowell. Published by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the e-book can be accessed at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website. Dr. Dunn is president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, recently attended the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) in Brooklyn, New York. Dunn gave a presentation on "The Social Psychology of Disability: Then and Now" in a session on the History of Psychology (Bringing the Past to the Present: Using Historical Sources to Teaching Contemporary Topics). He also gave a talk with Maureen McCarthy (Kennesaw State University) on "Assessing Speaking and Presentation Skills" during the conference. Dunn was elected to the Board of Directors of EPA for a three-year term in 2009.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, recently convened the Midwinter meeting of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) on the campus of Providence College in Providence, R.I. Dunn and seven members of STP's Executive Committee spent two days reviewing reports and doing long range planning for the largest organization dealing with teaching issues in psychology. Dunn is serving as President of STP in 2010.
  • The third edition of Dana Dunn's A Short Guide to Writing about Psychology (Pearson-Longman, 2011) is now in print. (Copies are available in the college bookstore.) Dunn is a professor of psychology, director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2).
  • Psychology professor Dana S. Dunn gave the keynote talk at the 2010 Society for Personality and Social Psychology Teaching Pre-Conference, which was held in Las Vegas, Nev., on Thursday, January 28, 2010. He spoke on "Reviving Unobtrusive Measures for Engaging Students in Social Psychological Research."
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The APS Board of Directors awarded the honor in recognition of Professor Dunn's "sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology." An announcement of the recognition appears in the January issue of the Observer. Professor Dunn also received a separate letter and certificate from APS President Linda Bartoshuk. He has been a charter member of APS since 1988.
  • Best Practices for Teaching Beginnings and Endings in the Psychology Major: Research, Cases, and Recommendations, edited by Dana S. Dunn, Bernard C. Beins, Maureen A. McCarthy, and G. William Hill IV, has been published by Oxford University Press. Written for undergraduate psychology educators, the book presents innovative and effective strategies for "introducing the major to first-year students and, at graduation, for ... helping students apply their disciplinary knowledge in capstone experiences and post-graduate life."
  • Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, led a workshop at the 32nd Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete's Beach, Florida. The workshop was titled "Macro Performance: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Psychology Programs."The workshop discussed department-level assessments aimed at linking a program's self-study to quality benchmarking criteria. Participants received an overview of the Benchmarks for Quality Undergraduate Programs in Psychology and learned to use them for evaluating undergraduate psychology programs. Dunn is also a member of the NIToP program committee.

2009

  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum, and his summer 2009 SOAR student, Stacy Boyer '11, wrote a review of the book Climate, Affluence, and Culture for the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Titled "Location, Location . . . and Money: How Climate and Affluence Shapes Culture," the review, which appeared in the November 2009 issue of the journal, noted that the work asked intriguing questions that take social psychological and evolutionary variables into new theoretical and empirical areas.
  • Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was recently informed that he will be the liaison from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) to the 2010 American Psychological Association Task Force on Caregivers. The charge of the task force is to develop a "user-friendly, online 'Family Caregiver Briefcase for Psychologists' designed to assist psychologists in assessing and addressing the needs of a broad group of family caregivers." Dunn will serve as the president of STP during 2010.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, recently gave the keynote address at the annual New England Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (NECToP), which was held on the campus of Worcester State College in Worcester, Mass. The title of Dunn's talk was "Neglected No More: Teaching Speaking and Presentation Skills in Psychology Classes." Each year, the NECToP conference is held the day before the annual New England Psychological Association conference.
  • A chapter by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, appeared in the recently published second edition of the Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology. "The Social Psychology of Disability" chapter builds on ideas presented by Professor Dunn in the first edition of the Handbook, first published in 2000. Robert Frank, Mitchell Rosenthal, and Bruce Caplan are the editors of the second edition.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, recently attended the annual Best Practices for the Teaching of Psychology conference in Atlanta. The topic of the conference was how to teach controversial issues, such as evolutionary psychology, the case for gay marriage, and religious fundamentalism. Dunn is a member of the conference's steering committee.
  • Dana Dunn was also the keynote speaker at the Northwest Teaching of Psychology Conference, held in Seattle. His talk was "Experiential Approaches to Teaching Research Methods in Introductory Psychology."
  • A book review by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, appeared in the September 30, 2009 issue of PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54 (no. 39), article 4. "Knowing Our Own and Others' Minds: Representative Topics in Social Cognition" reviews Social Cognition: The Basis of Human Interaction by Fritz Strack and Jens Forster (eds.).
  • A book review by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, appeared in the September 16, 2009 issue of PsycCRITIQUES, Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54 (no. 37), article 2. “Defining the Discipline for the Student Audience: A Concise and Direct College Dictionary” reviews the APA College Dictionary of Psychology by the American Psychological Association.
  • "Grief Is Many Things: Current Perspectives on Bereavement," a book review co-authored by Dana S. Dunn and his former student Thomas Civitello '09 appeared in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.  Handbook of Bereavement Research and Practice: Advances in Theory and Integration edited by Margaret S. Stroebe, Robert O. Hansson, Henk Schut, & Wolfgang Stroebe is the subject of the review.
  • A chapter written by Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, and eight colleagues appears in the new book Undergraduate Education in Psychology: A Blueprint for the Future of the Discipline, edited by Diane Halpern of Claremont McKenna College. Dunn was the lead writer and organizer of the chapter, "The Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Call for a Core." The team of nine writers, led by Dunn, completed a first draft of the chapter at the National Conference on Undergraduate Education in Psychology held at the University of Puget Sound in June 2008.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology and director of Learning in Common curriculum, has been elected a Fellow of Division 22 Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association. The election is based on Dunn's "outstanding contributions to the field of rehabilitation psychology on a national level," according to Charles H. Bombardier, APA Fellows Committee Chair. Dunn is also a Fellow and president-elect of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA Division 2.
  • During the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Toronto, Dana Dunn, professor of psychology and director of the Learning in Common curriculum, and four colleagues gave a continuing education workshop on "Developing a Departmental Self-Study Using Quality Benchmarks." The four-hour workshop was held August 6.
  • As president-elect of Division 2 of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) of the APA, Dana Dunn participated in the society's business meetings at the conference and led a session honoring the outgoing president, Janet Carlson of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
  • Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was invited to blog regularly (biweekly) for Psychology Today magazine. His first post for "Head of the Class" appeared in August.
  • Dana Dunn, professor of psychology, was selected to participate in the annual Reading and Scoring of the College Board's AP Examination on Advanced Placement Psychology. The AP Reading is a unique forum that fosters academic dialogue between college and secondary school educators.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, recently gave a presentation at the annual Eastern Teaching of Psychology Conference, which is sponsored by James Madison University and held in Staunton, Virginia. Based on some of his spring 2009 sabbatical work, Dunn's talk was on "Teaching as Positive Uncertainty." He argues that teachers will serve themselves and their students well if they avoid over-relying on the familiar or over-preparing to teach their courses by allowing for spontaneity and more frequent exchange with students in the classroom.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, was one of 400 psychology educators from colleges, universities, two-year institutions, and high schools who took part in the reading and grading of the Advanced Placement Psychology Exam in Kansas City, MO. This year, 150,000 exams were graded during the week-long AP Psychology Reading. Dunn has served as an AP Reader since 2006.
  • A second edition of psychology professor Dana S. Dunn's first book, The Practical Researcher: A Student Guide to Conducting Psychological Research, has been published by Wiley-Blackwell. The ten-chapter book "addresses the gap between knowing and using the discipline's research methodology." The new and updated content in this edition includes: decision trees related to the stages of doing research; additional exercises; updated information on doing online research; additional information in the appendices; and a glossary. Professor Dunn is president-elect of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) and director of the Learning in Common Curriculum.
  • Dana S. Dunn, professor of psychology, was invited to share his views on adjuncts and writing for an Adjunct Advocate blog. The blog post can be found at adjunctnation.com/blogs/reading-writing/.