Daniel Arkkelin, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology



Daniel Arkkelin began teaching at Valparaiso University in 1982. He is a social psychologist with both theoretical and applied interests. He has conducted research on partner choice, occupational gender-role stereotyping and leadership, perceptual and affective responses to environmental features, and determinants of recycling behavior. These studies resulted in several publications and numerous conference presentations, most co-authored by students. In addition to his leadership as department chair during his time in the department, he served as computer lab coordinator and webpage manager. He was also active outside the psychology department, serving on numerous University committees and establishing a layperson’s counseling program at Immanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoys spending time with his three sons and he loves camping, hiking in the mountains, classic rock, drive-in movies, and all things techie – especially playing computer pinball simulations.


B.S., M.A., Ph.D. – Bowling Green State University

Research Interests

Internet-based research; computer attitudes; recycling attitudes; gender roles and occupational stereotyping; gender and partner choice; cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to environmental attributes; attribution processes; judgment and decision-making


  • Veitch, R. and Arkkelin, D. (1995). Environmental Psychology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Rowland, D., Arkkelin, D. & Crisler, L. (1991). Computer-Based Data Analysis: Using SPSSx In the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Chicago: Nelson-Hall, Inc.
  • Arkkelin, D. (2003). Putting Prometheus’ feet to the fire: Student evaluations of Prometheus in relation to their attitudes towards and experience with computers, computer self-efficacy and preferred learning style. Syllabus 2003 Proceedings.
  • Cooper, S. E., Arkkelin, D. & Tiebert, M. (1994). Work/relationship values and gender role differences in relation to career-marriage aspirations, Journal of Counseling and Development, 73, 63-78.
  • Arkkelin, D. & O’Connor, R. (1992). The “good” professional: Effects of trait-profile gender type, androgyny, and likableness on impressions of incumbents of sex-typed occupations. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 27(9/10), 517-532.
  • Arkkelin, D. & Jesse, S. (1987). Sex-role expectations in college professors’ evaluations of students: Effects of student sex-role orientation and likableness. Higher Education Abstracts, 22(2), 180.
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