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John Jung Legacy Lecture at Calif State Univ, Long Beach, fall 2001


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"Exploring the Academic Maze," by John Jung, Professor of Psychology, was the Fall 2001
Legacy Lecture at California State University, Long Beach, one of a series of invited lectures by senior faculty designed to share some of the insights they have learned during their academic careers. (NOTE: best viewed as a download since animations are disabled online)

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John Jung Legacy Lecture at Calif State Univ, Long Beach, fall 2001

  1. 1. John Jung Exploring The Academic Maze Legacy Lecture, Fall 2001
  2. 2. Veni, Vidi, Vici Well, That’s It, Thanks for Coming
  3. 3. If You Blinked And Missed Some Part, Here’s A Replay Instant Replay
  4. 4. John Jung Exploring The Academic Maze Legacy Lecture, Fall 2001
  5. 5. I came, I saw, I conquered I Also Have A Longer Version…
  6. 6. I Know So Much I Don’t Know Where to Begin
  7. 7. One View Sees A Career As A Series of Decisions…
  8. 8. As Each Choice Limits The Next We Must Choose Wisely…or Else Suffer
  9. 9. A Different View: A Career Is A Series of ‘Same Place, Same Time’ Events <ul><li>Our ‘Choices’ Are Affected By ‘Choices’ of Others At The Same Place At The Same Time </li></ul><ul><li>They Are ‘Turning’, More Than ‘Choice’, Points </li></ul><ul><li>Outcomes Can Be Unforeseen & Uncontrollable </li></ul><ul><li>But, If We Are Alert, We Have Some Control </li></ul>
  10. 10. Choices of Others Converge At Point A A
  11. 11. My First Turning Point Go to Northwestern U? Underwood’s ‘Invitation’ Family Ties Get A Job? Broken Romance
  12. 12. My Second Turning Point Go to LB State? New Place With Room to Grow Family Ties Go Elsewhere? Chicago Winters
  13. 13. My Third Turning Point Stay at LB State? Family Ties Accept Canadian Offer at York? Sam Brown’s referral Upset with LB Admin.
  14. 14. My Fourth Turning Point Return to LB State? A Better Fit At L. B. For My Goals Aging Father & Family Ties Stay In Canada? Toronto Winters
  15. 15. My Fifth Turning Point Accept NIAAA Offer? Challenge vs. Fear of Failure Mort Appley’s Endorsement Decline NIAAA Offer? Too Busy With Routine
  16. 16. My Sixth Turning Point Apply for NIMH Grant? Contact from Marlene DeRios Heavy Teaching Load Not Apply? Fear of Failure
  17. 17. A Review of My Turning Points NU Canada NIAAA CSU revisited NIMH LBSC
  18. 18. The ‘What If’ Game <ul><li>If DeRios Not At NIMH, No COR Program </li></ul><ul><li>If No NIAAA Role, No Contact With DeRios </li></ul><ul><li>If Appley Not At York, No NIAAA Role </li></ul><ul><li>If No Contact With Brown, Not Go to York U </li></ul><ul><li>If No Ph.D., Not Get Job at Long Beach </li></ul><ul><li>If Underwood Not At Cal, Not Go to Northwestern </li></ul>
  19. 19. An Eriksonian View of My Career <ul><li>Focus, So Far, Has Been Chronology & Structure: </li></ul><ul><li>( When, And Where, Have I Done What I’ve Done) </li></ul><ul><li>Now, Using Erikson’s 8 Developmental Stages: </li></ul><ul><li>( What Function Did My Activities Serve?) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Identity vs. Role Confusion <ul><li>What To Teach And How To Do It? </li></ul><ul><li>What To Research & How To Get It Done? </li></ul><ul><li>How To Fulfill Administrative Duties? </li></ul><ul><li>How To Balance These Tasks? </li></ul>
  21. 21. ‘ Experimental ’ Teaching <ul><li>Student Autobiographies As Research Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Playing It Again </li></ul><ul><li>Random Acts of Classroom Learning </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Intuitive’ Grading </li></ul>
  22. 22. Allow For Individual Differences
  23. 23. … What A Shame, Teaching Evaluations Were Great
  24. 24. Publishing That Weds Teaching To Research <ul><li>To Identify And Integrate The Valid Data </li></ul><ul><li>To Point Out Contradictions Among Data </li></ul><ul><li>To Guess Why Contradictions Exist </li></ul><ul><li>To Identify Gaps in The Empirical Base </li></ul>The ‘Empirical Integrator’ … Is Very Much In Great Demand (Underwood, 1957, p. 191)
  25. 25. Early Attempts As An ‘Empirical Integrator’ 1968 1978
  26. 26. Expressing Doubts About Psychology 1971 1982 <ul><li>Experimenter Expectancy Bias </li></ul><ul><li>Demand Characteristics Bias </li></ul><ul><li>Artificiality </li></ul><ul><li>Generalizability </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology As History </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Issues </li></ul>
  27. 27. Administrative Efforts: Dept. Chair in the Stormy Early 70’s <ul><li>My Non-Negotiable Demand Platform </li></ul><ul><li>Despite My Ploys…I Was Elected! </li></ul><ul><li>My ‘System’ Still Survives To This Day </li></ul>
  28. 28. Intimacy vs. Isolation <ul><li>Promote Student Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Build Collegial Bonds </li></ul><ul><li>Develop University Community </li></ul>
  29. 29. All Work, and No Play, Makes For A Dull Faculty R
  30. 30. Joy of A Faculty Meeting, c. 1962
  31. 31. Going Around in Academic Circles Richard Armour (1965) <ul><li>... Scholars dispassionate and logical in articles for learned journals, </li></ul><ul><li>Become passionate and illogical on departmental budgets, </li></ul><ul><li>On promotion and tenure, </li></ul><ul><li>And on a change in the wording of section 5, parag. 3, subparag. 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Of regulations regarding class attendance … </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Faculty Meeting That Never Was We May As Well Adjourn…It’s Obvious This Meeting Isn’t Going to Settle Anything
  33. 33. Generativity vs. Stagnation <ul><li>Giving Back By Mentoring New Faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Giving Back By Mentoring Students </li></ul><ul><li>Reinventing Oneself </li></ul>
  34. 34. <ul><li>College Level Grant, National Institute of Mental Health (1981- ) </li></ul><ul><li>High School Level Grant, National Institute of Mental Health(1996- ) </li></ul>Mentoring Minority Scholars: NIMH-COR Program
  35. 35. McNair Scholars Program <ul><ul><li>Grant from U. S. Dept. of Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to Educational Equity Services (1996- ) </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. Integrity vs. Despair <ul><li>See The Glass As Half Full, Not Half Empty </li></ul><ul><li>Bask In Reflected Glory </li></ul><ul><li>Look for New Challenges </li></ul>
  37. 37. Yes, Old Dogs Can Learn New ‘Tricks’ 1994 2001
  38. 38. A Few Lessons I Have Learned… <ul><li>Opportunities Can Be Turned Into Crises </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing Stays The Same So Why Should You? </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t Get On A Bus If It’s Going the Wrong Way </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation And Evaluation Belong Together </li></ul><ul><li>When The Phone Rings, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It May Be Opportunity Calling You… </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. So, In Closing…Let Me Say… END
  40. 40. “ In the end, the only sure criterion is to have fun, and I have had fun” Tolman (1959, p. 152)