David J. Rudek, PhD

David RudekAssociate Professor of Psychology, Chair of Department of Psychology

Office Location: Institute for Collaboration 303
Phone Number: 630-844-7857
Email Address: drudek@aurora.edu

Teaching Philosophy
My role as an educator is to provide students a forum for autonomous learning. A major objective of mine is to provide a classroom environment that conveys the most important elements of an area of study, while providing students the opportunity to challenge these ideas and integrate their understanding with their current knowledge. Whether it is interjecting many open-ended questions during lecture, having discussions about readings of scholarly and popular press articles, or having students reflect in writing how topics are linked to their own experiences, I hope to engage all students in the active acquisition of learning.

PhD, Developmental Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
BA, Psychology, Saint Louis University

Areas of Specialization
Children’s Memory and Language Skills
Parenting Behavior and Attitudes

Courses Taught
Brain and Behavior
Child and Adolescent Development
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Experimental Psychology
General Psychology
Psychology and Film
Special Topics: Of Voodoo, Ghosts, and E.S.P.

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Award: Phi Eta Sigma National Honorary Society Honorary Member (2013)
Author: “The Role of Education and Experience on Free Will Beliefs" [Conference Presentation, 2012.]
Co-author: "Reminiscing in the early years: Patterns of maternal elaborativeness and children's remembering" [Journal Article, 2008].
Co-author: "Mental state talk in mother-child conversations about past events". [Journal Article, 2005]. Award: Research, Scholarship and Creativity Grant [Gustavus Adolphus College, 2005]

Highlights of Campus Involvement
NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
Chair of Faculty Dispute Resolution Committee
Faculty Senate
Psi Chi National Honor Society Advisor