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Careers in Social Media Panel

October 20th, 2014 by Ron Rogers

Date: November 4, 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm (doors open 1:30pm)

Locations: Student Union Ballroom

Careers in Social Media FlyerTop social media influencers who are building careers as social media managers, strategists and digital professionals will share their tips on how to land a job in this growing field. #sjsusocialmediapanel

Open to ALL majors, current SJSU students & Alumni.

Flyer (pdf)


May be subject to slight changes.

2:00 – 3:00  Welcome Remarks/Panel
3:00 – 3:30  Student Q&A
3:30 – 4:00  Networking


Company Panelists:

Icon of Apple logoApple

Icon of DropBox logoDropbox

Icon of LinkedIn logoLinkedIn

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Annual Second Harvest Food Drive

October 10th, 2014 by Ron Rogers


Education for the Joy of It – Dr. Robert J. Pellegrini

October 2nd, 2014 by Ron Rogers


By Dr. Robert J. Pellegrini

This book is targeted to all current or prospective high school students, college students, or anyone 

Image: Book Coverelse who aspires to strengthen the educational foundation upon which to build the rest of her/his life — with the hope that it is especially helpful to people who might otherwise become, or have already been formal educational program dropouts or lockouts. I cannot guarantee that applying what is offered here will ensure an “A” grade, or achievement of one’s life goals.  But I do guarantee that I have tried to summarize critical elements of thought, feeling, and action oriented to such objectives.

Part I of this book is all about how to work both hard and “smart” to experience the joy of academic success.  Hard work is necessary to achieve anything worthy of pride in our own creative effort.  But it’s not just how much or how hard we work at things.  It is also “how smart” we work that determines our life outcomes.  And what I mean by “working smart” is working efficiently and effectively.  The goal here is to help all students reap as much as possible from their educational investment, whatever that investment may be in terms of time, money, energy, and self-disciplined personal sacrifices.

Part II is about what it takes to achieve great success at anything in life.  The format for this second part is, essentially, a psychological profile of outstanding achievers.

From both my professional and personal experience, I’ve learned how vitally important education can be as an avenue to a pro-socially valued and personally satisfying life.  And once again in 2014, I find myself championing an approach designed to facilitate human development through educational opportunity in a program I call “Life Construction 101” — designed not just to augment efforts to help at-risk students, but to help every student enjoy academic success experiences.

Education For The Joy Of It is the “user’s manual” for that Life Construction 101 program.  Accordingly, the Appendix to this book presents a brief, structured exercise designed to provide a very preliminary template for initiating the construction or reconstruction of one’s life.

And that’s it.  A little book that I hope will be one of the biggest books its readers ever read.

About the Author

A Past-President of The Western Psychological Association (WPA), San Jose State University Professor Emeritus of Psychology Bob Pellegrini received his B.A. degree from Clark University Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors in Psychology.  Supported by National Institute for Mental Health fellowships, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Denver, with clinical and research pre-doctoral internships at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children’s Asthmatic Research Institute and National Jewish Hospitals in Denver, and National Science Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral study at Stanford University.

At SJSU he taught and mentored thousands of students, many of whom in underserved minority population educational programs including a B. A. degree program he co-founded at the California Department of Corrections’ Soledad prison.  To help students maximize their learning gains per unit of time invested, he created several study guides produced by major academic publishers.  His commitment to giving SJSU students “the best introductory psychology course available anywhere at any price” has been acknowledged in teaching awards as SJSU and Western Psychological Association outstanding professor of the year, and invited contributions to prestigious educational events such as the Lewis M. Terman Master Lecture Series.

Bob’s award-winning work as a social scientist/educator has focused on illuminating and promoting actualization of human potential.  This book is the owner’s manual for his Life Construction101 project, designed to provide students, especially those most at risk for educational failure, with skills and perspectives to help them experience success in high school, college and throughout life.

At age 69 and 70, Dr. Pellegrini again qualified for the USA Bodybuilding Championships by placing 2nd and 1st, respectively, in his master’s division finals of the nationally-sanctioned 2010 San Francisco and 2011 San Jose contests.

Donations Making a Difference

September 18th, 2014 by Ron Rogers

Through generous gifts, endowments and grants, the Department of Psychology is proud to award 10 Scholarships (read below) to our students each year. These awards recognize our students’ academic excellence, research creativity, service, and educational resilience.

We are dedicated to growing these financial awards in both size and number.  Your support toward that goal is greatly appreciated by our faculty, staff, and, especially, our remarkable students. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about our giving opportunities or if you would like to discuss establishing a new scholarship fund.


Dr. Ron Rogers 
Chair of Psychology

How can you contribute to our students’ success?

  • Navigate to the “Give to SJSU” page
  • Enter your donation amount
  • Skip the “areas of giving” section
  • Type one of the fund names below in “Other Purpose”
  • Complete the remainder of the form
  • Click the “Make a Gift” button!


Current Gift Opportunities

Research and Scholarship

  • James and Becky McGaugh Research Award. An annual award to a student whose research involves advancing society’s understanding of learning, memory, and/or biopsychology.
  • Robert and Marlee Hicks Scholarship. An annual award to a student whose research involves advancing society’s understanding of motivation.
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Psychology. Annual scholarship award to one or more Psychology Students in recognition of his/her exceptional research.
  • Outstanding Graduate Research in Psychology. Annual scholarship award to one or more graduate Psychology Students in recognition of his/her exceptional graduate student thesis/research. 

 Academic Excellence and Career Advancement

  • Frank D. Payne Memorial Scholarship. Two $500 annual scholarships to academically exceptional students with plans to pursue careers in psychological research.
  • Ronald G. Rabedeau Memorial Scholarship. This annual $1,000 award is to encourage and support students studying in the areas of NeurosciencePsychobiologyExperimental PsychologyStatisticsLearningMotivation, or combinations thereof.
  • Charles W. Telford Memorial Scholarship. In memory of the first Chairman of our Department. An annual $250 scholarship to academically exceptional students in Psychology.

 Educational Resilience

  • John and Vivian MaCrae Scholarship for Exceptional Educational Resilience. An annual scholarship recognizing educational success in spite of great personal challenges.
  • Exceptional Educational Resilience in Psychology.  Annual scholarship award for one or more Psychology Students who have demonstrated exceptional educational resilience.  

Service to Department, University, and/or Community

  • Exceptional Service in Psychology. An annual scholarship award to one or more Psychology Students who have demonstrated exceptional service to the University or the community.  

Other Opportunities

  • Psychology Discretionary Fund. This general giving fund provides us the financial resources required to respond to needs in a time of diminishing State support.

M.S. Clinical Informational Meeting/Open House!

September 16th, 2014 by Ron Rogers

Image: Flyer

Career Center Fall Events and Resources

August 26th, 2014 by Ron Rogers

By Denise Hamilton (,
Liberal Arts Employment Specialist, Career Center

The following is a snap-shot of events and services that the Career Center has to offer this upcoming fall semester.


Don’t miss, the Nonprofit & Public Service Job, Internship, and Volunteer Forum October 8th from 12:30pm-4:30pm in the Student Union Ball Room!  We are hosting this educational and recruitment event for the first time with NOVA.  The forum will kick-off with a panel from 12:30pm-1:30pm.  The panel will consist of representatives from nonprofit, city, state, and federal government.  Then at 2pm students, alumni, and community members can meet with 40+ organizations and agencies from around the bay area.  This event is appropriate for any class level!  Several faculty have added this event to their syllabus as an assignment or just for extra credit.  Please feel free to do the same if it fits within the goals of your course.

  • Business, Government, & Nonprofit Job & Internship Fair:  Another event not to be missed, especially for those students seeking a job or internship.  This event will take place in the Student Union Ball Room on September 18th from 12pm-4pm.  We are expecting 85 employers representing these various sectors.  Another great event to add to your syllabus!
  •  Social Media Panel:  Social media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram have taken over the way we communicate with each other and the world.  Because of this, companies and organizations are hiring for positions to manage their online or social media presence.  This panel will explore this emerging career field!  Join us on, Wednesday November 4th in Student Union Ballroom C from 2pm-4pm to learn more.


  •  Faculty Toolkit:  Everything you need to integrate SJSU Career services into your classroom is right here!
  •  Graduate/Professional School Resources:  We just revamped our grad school page with helpful videos and resources.
  •  Big Interview:  This is the go to tool to help students prep for interviews.
  •  GoinGlobal:  This new tool, accessed through SpartaJobs, is key to any abroad job or internship search.
  •  SpartaTrack:  Just like an academic plan, students need a career development plan to follow and guide them.  This link will take you to just that!  Note that students will fall in different sections regardless of class year.


  • One-on-one:  I LOVE meeting with students!  Students can make an appointment with me via SpartaJobs.  My appointments this fall will take place on Mondays from 1:30pm-3:30pm at the Career Center.  I can be flexible and schedule outside this time frame if necessary.  The center also offers drop-in advising hours for quick resume review and/or questions.

  • Career Advice Drop-In:  NEW this semester, I will be hosting a drop-in career advice session at the ACCESS Center in Clark 240 on Wednesday’s from 1:30pm-3:30pm, starting September 3rd.  Students can come by with any career related question or concern to discuss!


Cyber Safety

August 20th, 2014 by Ron Rogers

Cyber Safety: Exploring the Human Element in Online Security

College of Social Sciences Newsletter, Spring 2014

Photo: Drs. David Schuster and Jeremiah Still

Drs. David Schuster and Jeremiah Still


David Schuster and Jeremiah Still, assistant professors in the Psychology Department of the College of Social Sciences, are using their expertise in human factors—the study of how our capabilities (and limitations) affect our ability to interact with technology—to find new ways of addressing the problem.The data loss and resulting avalanche of bad publicity were a stark reminder that no one—not even one of the nation’s largest department store chains—can count on fool-proof computer security. Everyone, from major corporations to the National Security Agency, is vulnerable.

They are part of a “cluster hire” of new faculty in library and information science, computer engineering, computer science and management information systems who have been brought aboard to create a cyber security research group at San José State University.

“It’s inherently an interdisciplinary problem,” Schuster says. “It’s going to require new solutions that we don’t just have in one of our fields.”

The pair brings to the project extensive experience in product design, human-computer interaction and robotics, as well as the determination to find fresh solutions to old problems. It’s a tall order, Still acknowledges. “The Internet is out of control,” he says. “We’ve never really been in control of it. If we think we’re in control, it’s an illusion.”

Schuster, a Green Bay, Wisc., native who studied psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Tampa, received his Ph.D. in human factors studies last summer from the University of Central Florida.

His graduate research was part of an ambitious U.S. Army project to build robots capable of assisting soldiers in tactical situations. “What the Army wants is to move from a paradigm of robots being driven around to a mode of interaction where a soldier will give a robot a high-level task, like, ‘Monitor this floor of the building,’” Schuster says.

At the moment, that goal is more akin to a pipe dream, he acknowledges. His own focus was on situation awareness in the humans-robot interaction —providing a soldier with goal-relevant knowledge to perform a particular task. That entailed asking information might be most relevant to a soldier at any particular point.

“It sounds intuitive,” Schuster says. “It sounds like we need to increase people’s understanding of what they need to know.” What isn’t particularly clear is how to measure or ensure that, he says.

Since arriving at San José State, Schuster has gotten up to speed on cyber security. The Target data debacle “underscores the fact that cyber security is far from a solved problem and really needs to be worked on,” he says. “It really shows the complexity of it as a problem.”

The heart of that complexity lies in the fact that information “is flowing in all different directions at one time,” he says. “You have to look at interactions between individuals and technology systems, and also interactions among individuals.”

Jeremiah Still has also been on a steep learning curve around cyber security since joining the faculty. One thing he’s learned is that computer users should create their strongest password for their email account, because if your email is attacked, hackers can reset the passwords to all of your other online accounts. “Passwords just aren’t working,” he says.

Still, who grew up in a small town on southern Missouri’s Ozark plateau, has been exploring the human-computer interface since he was a teenager, when his parents bought an HP desktop. By the time he was in high school, he was charging $150 an hour to help local businesses setup and maintain networks.

“Somebody would call me up and I knew how to fix the problem,” Still said. “I liked learning it, but once I figure it all out, it was boring.”

He earned a B.S. in psychology from Missouri Southern State University and moved on to Iowa State University for his Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction. Then, Still started a new human factors program at Missouri Western State University, where he designed the curriculum and taught all the classes.

Several factors contributed to Still’s decision to relocate to San José. “I had the opportunity to have collaborators,” he said. “I wanted to be somewhere where I was more immersed in technology. This is one of the hotbeds.”

Human factors research can be applied to virtually every form of technology, Still says. “I find stuff in the cognitive science literature that’s been around for 20 or 30 years,” he says. “How do we apply that to the design context?” For example, research that predicts where people’s eyes will land first when they visit a web page could be of great benefit in pricing online advertising.

Still, whose wife Mary is an SJSU lecturer in cognitive psychology and a collaborator in the cyber security effort, has been working with his students to create more intuitive Cyber Security interfaces. “We’re taking this basic technology that’s been around for a few years and understanding what the human needs are,” Still says.

Still and Schuster meanwhile are working with an industry partner to study how people approach computer security ratings. The question, Schuster says, is “How people make use of ratings related to security when they’re provided by other humans, or by some kind of automated method.”

That entails, among other things, an assessment of the accuracy of crowd-sourced ratings, he said. “Fundamentally, people and computers are good at different things,” Schuster says.

“People have different strengths than computers do. One of the strengths of people is that they are resilient, in the sense that they can deal with unique situations—things that are off the map, the unknown unknowns.”

New Assistant Professor Position

July 2nd, 2014 by Ron Rogers

Subject to Budgetary Approval
Department of Psychology
Biological Psychologist/Neuroscientist/Behavioral Medicine 

Job Opening ID (JOID): 22940 

Rank: Assistant Professor (tenure track)


  • A Ph.D. in Psychology or related field from an accredited university by August 2015.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience are required.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence.
  • Commitment to involve and mentor students in systematic investigation and research.
  • Demonstrated potential in research through peer-reviewed publications and presentations
  • A human research program requiring minimal research space or one that is supported through established partnerships with external research facilities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a collegial atmosphere of shared governance.



San Jose State University is a teaching institution that values mentored research. Teaching responsibilities for this position include undergraduate and graduate courses in biological psychology, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, writing, research methods, and introductory psychology as needed by the department. The successful applicant should be prepared to take an active role in the Department’s Masters of Arts in Research and Experimental Psychology program as an advisor serving on thesis committees. The candidate will participate in service through membership on department, college, and university committees, and through academic advising of students. The candidate must maintain a productive research program, which may consist of collaborative research across the University or with external medical or research facilities. The successful candidate must be prepared to address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement.


Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Starting Date: August 18, 2015 

Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedures: 

For full consideration send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/philosophy and research plans, available evidence of teaching effectiveness or evaluations, and at least three signed, original letters of reference with contact information by Friday, October 10, 2014 to*:

Dr. Ron Rogers
Department of Psychology
San José State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0120

*Please included the Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence

About the Department: 

The Department of Psychology at San José State serves over 1200 majors with a dedicated full- and part-time faculty from all areas of psychology. The Department maintains a variety of facilities and support staff to enhance instruction and human research.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 
The latest San José State University Safety 101 Uniform Campus Crime and Security Report is available. You may request a copy of San José State University’s annual safety report by contacting the University Police Department at (408) 924-2222 or by visiting the University Police Department website at ( 

NASA Needs You!

May 29th, 2014 by Ron Rogers


Participants Needed

  for  NASA Research Study

 Researchers in the Human Performance Research Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, California) are investigating how visual noise conditions impact binocular perception during visual detection and discrimination of varying contrast stimuli using a head-worn display device.

Sessions will run 9am-noon and 1pm-4pm daily.  Participants will be paid $40.50 for their time.

Participant Requirements:

  • Normal vision or corrected-to-normal vision with contact lenses (the head-worn device used cannot accommodate glasses.)
  • Participants must be ages 18-50
  • U.S. citizen/green card

How to sign up:

To schedule your participation, or ask questions about the study, please contact Kari Jordan at 650-604-5118 or at