Posted on February 26, 2010 by Tia Lalani

Nhial Tiitmamer introduces Dr. Jason Goertzen: professor of psychology, singer and hockey star.

By Nhial Tiitmamer –

Dr. Jason R. Goertzen joined the Augustana faculty last year as an assistant professor of psychology. Goertzen has taught courses in Individual and Social Behavior (AUPSY 102), Advanced Experimental Design (AUPSY 313), History and Systems of Psychology (AUPSY 408/9), and a selected topics course (AUPSY 406) on theoretical psychology and the unity-disunity debate. He has also taught courses in research methodology, history and systems, and theoretical psychology.

However, since he arrived, Goertzen has not limited himself to teaching. He sings in the Augustana Men’s Choir and has joined the Faculty hockey team. In December, he helped give the Augustana student hockey team a run for their money in the annual tournament organized by the Augustana Students’ Association.
So far, what does our new Augustanian think about his new work place?

“I have immensely enjoyed my time thus far at Augustana,” he said. “I love the small-campus feel, complete with small, interactive class sizes, as well as the collegiality and general positive energy on campus. I have also been enjoying my time in the Men’s Choir.”

Goertzen obtained his BA (Hon.) in Psychology from the University of Regina and an MA and a PhD in Psychology from York University in Toronto. He specializes in History and Theory of Psychology, as well as research methodology.

Goertzen started teaching while doing his graduate studies. Young and fresh from graduate school, his position at Augustana is his first post-graduate school job.

Goertzen’s research interest is in the history and theory of the crisis of fragmentation in psychology, intercontextualism, theory evaluation and integration and research methodologies in psychology. He has published on the topic of the possibility of integrating knowledge and theoretical perspective in psychology. According to him, this theoretical perspective in psychology is known as the unity-disunity debate or the crisis of fragmentation in psychology.

One of the publications he is most proud of was published in “Theory & Psychology” in 2008, entitled "On the possibility of unification: The reality and nature of the crisis of fragmentation in psychology.” His other notable article: "Dialectical pluralism: A theoretical conceptualization of pluralism in psychology" appeared online in December 2009 in “New Ideas in Psychology.”

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