Psychology

Sewanee: The University of the South

Jordan D. Troisi

Assistant Professor of Psychology

B.A., Albion College; M.A., Ph.D., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Jordan D. Troisi

Jordan D. Troisi earned his B.A. from Albion College in Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Broadly, his research focuses on humans’ fundamental need for belongingness and the ways in which this motivates behavior. This need is so significant that humans sometimes pursue social connection from non-human social targets, known as “social surrogates” (e.g., television shows, narratives, social networking websites). His primary line of research has examined the causes and consequences of humans’ connection with one of these social surrogates: comfort food.

Given that Professor Troisi’s research is frequently shaped by the students with whom he collaborates, he plans to pursue a wide range of research interests within the broad field of social psychology that may intrigue Sewanee students. Topics may include, for example, his burgeoning interest in the study of social networking websites (e.g., Facebook) and the ways in which such websites may exemplify social psychological phenomena.

He is also a dedicated teacher. He is an active member of APA Division 2 (the Society for the Teaching of Psychology);  in 2014 he is the Co-Chair of the Division’s nation-wide Early Career Psychologist Council, and in 2015 he will be the Chair of the Council.  He will be a Consulting Editor of the Society’s flagship journal Teaching of Psychology for a 3-year term beginning in January 2015.  He also conducts research on the scholarship of teaching and learning, examining the effects of innovative teaching techniques, attitude change based on psychology courses, and student engagement and autonomy in the classroom. He plans to teach Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methods, Interpersonal Attraction and Relationships, and The Self Concept and Self-Esteem.

A firm believer in the virtues of self-complexity, Professor Troisi has numerous personal and recreational interests. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, cooking, drinking tea, reading, and listening to podcasts.

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