David Rowland, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Dickmeyer Hall 211


David Rowland came to Valparaiso University in 1981. In addition to his duties at Valpo, 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. Professor Rowland’s research centers on human sexual response and dysfunction and has resulted in more than 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. Professor Rowland served as a member of the standards committee of the International Society of Sexual Medicine and as co-chair of the WHO/ISSM committee on sexual problems in men in Paris.

As dean of the Graduate School and continuing education until 2014, Professor Rowland oversaw 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 the East Coast; and cultivated graduate school partnerships with universities in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and other countries. He now serves as the executive director for the Office of Institutional Innovation.

During his free time, Professor Rowland enjoys bicycling, rollerblading, camping, international travel, and an occasional tall glass of microbrew.


M.A., Ph.D. – University of Chicago (1977)
B.A. – Southern Illinois University Carbondale

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