Please join us in congratulating Dr. Popoli for his 10 years of service at Stevenson! Dr. Popoli is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology. Outside of Stevenson, Dr. Popoli serves on the Board of Editors for the International Journal of Psychological Studies. He is also a dissertation editor and assists students in master’s and doctoral programs with their statistical analyses. Dr. Popoli also enjoys writing, as he recently submitted an article about suicide and whether or not daylight savings time has any benefit or detriment of suicide. He is also a frequent guest speaker on the Cotolo Chronicles podcast, which discusses the latest research in psychology. We recently interviewed Dr. Popoli on his experiences working in the Psychology Department.
What made you choose Stevenson?
I initially taught at a community college, but it did not offer any research opportunities. Therefore, I came to Stevenson, as it was more a challenge and the Psychology Department also offered more research and statistics courses! I found that the students are more focused here, as I taught PSY 136, PSY 270 (now PSY 355), and PSY 343, all courses that are heavily based on research.
What qualities about the Psychology Department did you like that drew you to work within it?
I like the fact that a large percentage of our students go on to graduate school, as graduation is an amazing achievement for them. I have also taught a variety of students who take psychology courses, from nursing and sociology majors, to criminal justice and computer technology majors. Being able to teach different students about an important aspect of psychology is something that I love!
That is such an important point! What have been your favorite memories of the department?
My favorite memories of the department first begin with my supervisor and the faculty. Dr. Elliott has been the best supervisor during my years of teaching, being the most supportive, empathetic, and generous person I have ever met! The other faculty members of the Psychology Department are an absolute delight to be around, and truly interesting and great people. In terms of the students, I have written letters of recommendation, and when students write me back saying that they have been accepted into their graduate program, it is extremely rewarding and invaluable to me. I also love the Psychology showcase, as it is a time that students get to show off their research and all the hard work that they have put into it!
I could not agree more! What are some of your memorable contributions?
I have really enjoyed helping students increase their interest in graduate school, letting them know that it is a viable and rewarding option for them. I have also helped students with other courses in the statistical field, and in general, I have helped many great students, so it is just a pleasure to work here.
What have you learned working in the department?
Truthfully, I have learned what it is like to work with a wonderful group of people and have a supervisor that supports you. At my previous jobs, I have worked within a contentious environment and the supervisors were not supportive at all. Therefore, it has truly been an amazing experience thus far.
What are you looking forward to for the future of the department?
I am looking forward to the Department’s new doctoral program, as it is a phenomenal plan and such an accomplishment! As we all have echoed, I am also looking forward to the day we get back to normal in terms of teaching in-person courses.
Thank you, Dr. Popoli, for all that you have done for the Psychology Department and the students here at Stevenson University! Here to another 10 years!
Written by: Semira Nock