Faculty Profile

David Rowland, Ph.D.


Dickmeyer Hall, 211


Dr. Rowland came to Valparaiso University in 1981 and is currently Professor of Psychology and Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at V.U. He is also Visiting Lecturer at the University of Jos in Nigeria.  Professor Rowland's teaching interests lie in the areas of Physiological Psychology, Human Sexuality, and Sensation and Perception. Rowland's research centers on human sexual response and dysfunction and has resulted in over 120 research publications and book chapters, many of which have been co-authored by students. He has held research fellowships at SUNY- Stony Brook, Stanford University, Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he serves as editor of the Annual Review of Sex Research, is on the editorial board of four major journals, has co-edited The Handbook for Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders (Wiley Press, 2008), and serves on the advisory boards of several international pharmaceutical companies. In 2009 he will complete his 4th year of service as a member of the standards committee of the International Society of Sexual Medicine and will co-chair the WHO/ISSM committee on sexual problems in men in Paris.

            As Dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, Rowland has overseen phenomenal growth in graduate enrollment, nurtured the development of many new programs, increased selectivity in admissions, broadened the graduate student base to include much of the Midwest, the Great Lakes region, and East Coast, and cultivated graduate school partnerships with universities in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and other countries.       

            During his freer moments, Dr. Rowland enjoys bicycling, rollerblading, camping, international travel, and an occasional tall glass of microbrew.


Ph.D. - University of Chicago 1977
M.A. - University of Chicago 
B.A. - Southern Illinois University