Renae Franiuk, Ph.D.

Renae FraniukProfessor of Psychology
Office Location: Institute for Collaboration 310
Telephone Number: 630-844-3692
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Teaching Philosophy
My philosophy of teaching is based on three main principles—enthusiasm, critical thinking and open-mindedness—with the central goals of getting my students excited about psychology and learning in general; getting them to think carefully about that which they learn, to be open to new ideas, and to be open to changing old ideas when evidence warrants; and getting them to apply what they learn to situations outside of the classroom.

PhD – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
MA – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
BS – University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Specialization
Social Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Violence Against Women
Romantic Relationships

Courses Taught
General Psychology
Personality Psychology
Careers in Psychology
Social and Applied Psychology
Violence Against Women
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
Wellness and Social Responsbility

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Research Grant for “Inconsistencies in Print Journalism and Attribution of Blame in Sexual Assault” (2012)

Marcus and Mark H. Trumbo Award for Excellence in Teaching (2010)

Franiuk, R., & Scherr, S. (2013).  “The lion fell in love with the lamb:” Gender, violence, and vampires. Feminist Media Studies, 13(1), 14-28.

Franiuk, R., Shain, E.A., Bieritz, L., & Murray, C. (2012). Relationship theories and relationship violence: Is it beneficial to believe in soulmates? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29(6), 820-838.

Franiuk, R. & Shain, E.A. (2011) Beyond Christianity: The status of women and rape myths. Sex Roles, 64, 311-323.
Coleman, J.M., & Franiuk, R. (2011) Perceptions of mothers and fathers who take temporary work leave. Sex Roles, 65, 783-791.

Burnette, J.L., & Franiuk, R. (2010) Individual differences in implicit theories of relationships and partner fit: Predicting forgiveness in developing relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 144-148.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Faculty Personnel Committee