Faculty Profile

Dan Arkkelin, Ph.D.

Professor, Department Chair

Dickmeyer Hall, 219




Dr. Arkkelin has been at Valparaiso University since 1982, and is currently Full Professor and Chair of Psychology. He is a social psychologist with both theoretical and applied interests. His interests include social influences on behavior, social cognition, and the relationship between humans and their physical environment. His major courses include Social Psychology, Environmental Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods. He conducts research on partner choice, occupational gender-role stereotyping and leadership, perceptual and affective responses to environmental features, and determinants of recycling behavior. These studies have resulted in several publications and numerous conference presentations, most co-authored by students. He has published two textbooks, Environmental Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (with R. Veitch, at B.G.S.U.) and Computer-Based Data Analyses: Using SPSS in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (with D. Rowland, also at V.U.). Dr. Arkkelin has served many years as Chair of Psychology, Computer Lab Coordinator and Web Page Manager. He is also active outside the Psychology Department, serving on numerous university committees, and establishing a layperson's counseling program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoys time with his three sons and he loves camping, hiking in the mountains, classic rock, drive-in movies, and all things tekkie - especially playing computer pinball simulations.
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