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Dorothy Pawluch Named Director of Social Psychology Program

Nov 28, 2014

A sociologist with more than 25 years of research and teaching experience in the area of social psychology has been appointed the first director of McMaster University’s honours social psychology program.

Dorothy Pawluch will head the program, which will be graduating its first cohort of students at the upcoming Spring Convocation.

“I couldn’t possibly be more thrilled to be a part of this exciting new initiative in the Faculty of Social Sciences,” says Pawluch.

The honours social psychology program offers students a multidisciplinary perspective on a range of issues concerning the relationship between individuals and society.

Now that the program has been running for three years, Pawluch, who was the Chair of McMaster University’s Department of Sociology from 2010 to 2012, is focusing on raising its profile and working together with a multidisciplinary team of colleagues to grow and develop the program.

Pawluch is also looking forward to getting to know the students currently enrolled in the program.

“They’re an extremely bright and energetic group with a strong sense of their identity as social psychology students,” she says, noting the recent formation of the Social Psychology Student Society. 

“The really innovative aspect of this program is that while these students are provided with a strong grounding in sociology and psychology, the two disciplines that have traditionally shared this area of study, they are also exposed to a range of other courses in the Faculty that have something to say about individuals and their relationships to society,” says Pawluch, noting that besides sociology and psychology, neuroscience and behaviour, courses from anthropology, economics, geography and earth sciences, health, aging and society, labour studies, political science, religious studies and social work are all integrated into the program.

“There’s the possibility here,” she adds, “to broaden the scope of the area and to find common ground and common directions of inquiry among social scientists.”