Dr. David Earnest

What are you doing now?

I am an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Towson University, where I teach courses in Industrial Psychology, Behavioral Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, Human Factors and Ergonomics, and Culture and Psychology (a study abroad course). I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Memphis in Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2010. In addition to teaching courses at Towson University, I also run an I/O student research group, consult with local organizations, advise our university’s Psi Chi chapter, serve the department on various service committees, supervise thesis, research, and internships students, and advise our department’s student ergonomics design team.

How did UTM Psychology Program help you achieve what you have become?

My time in the UTM Psychology department was paramount to my successes to date. My professors (Drs. Merwin, Brown, Cooper, Zachry and Professor Johnson) were all wonderful professors who continually challenged and engaged me. If not for their guidance and time spent answering all of my questions, I would not be where I am today. The opportunities I had in the department to be the department’s laboratory assistant, hold the office of President in our Psi Chi chapter, SGA Senator, TA Professor Johnson’s Statistics course, and conduct research with Dr. Merwin prepared me for the demands of graduate school and academic life.

What advice would you give to students who are thinking about becoming UTM psychology majors?

I would advise students to seek out and embrace the opportunities that are present at UTM. Get to know your professors, seek officer positions in Psi Chi and other organizations, get involved with as much faculty lead research as possible, and strive to learn as much as you can about the field. Simply showing up to class and going through the motions is not enough to succeed. Success is earned and requires a proactive mindset. Work hard, do your best, and with time the knowledge and skills you learn while at UTM will become the foundation for your success.

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