Social Psychology Ph.D. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology is founded on a vision of social psychology as the core discipline of human affairs. It represents an integration of psychological and sociological scholarships in the investigation of personal and social life. The mission of our doctoral program is to advance scientific knowledge of social psychological structures and processes, and to do so through scholarly study, the training of Ph.D. students, the dissemination of our knowledge in both scientific and applied communities. We are deeply committed to the guidance and instruction of graduate students as both junior colleagues and advanced students.

Program Outcomes

1. To prepare students adequately for a career in academia or an applied field, dependent on the students' preference and specialization.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Placement of students following graduation
  • Feedback from alumni of the program

Assessment Method

  • Annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual alumni survey conducted by UNR

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to deal competently and critically with literature and research in the field of social psychology; to be able to summarize books and/or articles on a specific topic, identify their strengths and weaknesses; to identify gaps that suggest directions for future research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Professional publications, presentations, and reports
  • Performance in required courses and topical seminars
  • Acceptance of dissertation prospectus; successful completion of dissertation
  • Successful completion of student's second year research paper
Assessment Method
  • Annual student progress report
  • Annual student progress report
  • Graduation; Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation

2. Students will be able to generate hypotheses, design, execute, and analyze empirical social science research, using method appropriate to the research question, research topic or type of data.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Successful completion of methodology requirements
  • Successful completion of student's second year research paper
  • Acceptance of dissertation prospectus; successful completion of dissertation
  • Development of grant proposals, grant submissions and acquisition of external funding
Assessment Method
  • Annual student progress report
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation

3. Students will be able to communicate effectively social psychological theory and research findings both orally and in written form.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Acceptance of dissertation prospectus; successful completion of dissertation
  • Successful completion of student's second year research paper
  • Oral presentation in social psychology brown bag series
Assessment Method
  • Graduation; annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual faculty evaluation

4. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of general and important concepts, theories and research findings in various arenas of social psychology; the ability to integrate and analyze ideas and findings, especially as they pertain to the student's stated research interest.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Successful completion of the comprehensive exam (end of 3rd year)
  • Successful completion of the qualifying exam (end of 1st year)
Assessment Method
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation

5. Students will be able to demonstrate skills as a teacher and instructor.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Give lectures in courses for which students serves as TA
  • Teach own undergraduate course
Assessment Method
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation
  • Annual student progress report; annual faculty evaluation