James Madison University

Mission

“The mission of the Department of Psychology is to educate students in, and contribute to, the science of psychology.”

This mission statement was approved by Dean Benson on March 11, 2007.

Vision


The vision of the Department of Psychology is to sustain and advance a nationally recognized department focused on promoting scientific proficiency within the interdisciplinary field of Psychology. To that end, the curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in psychological science that reflects multiple perspectives within the discipline. The hallmarks of our program are learning opportunities that promote the skills necessary to conduct and evaluate research and to interpret findings. We train our students to be responsive to emerging trends and apply their knowledge of psychological science as responsible global citizens.

The Department of Psychology is a dynamic contributor to the general education program and the university community through the delivery of high quality courses and other educational experiences emphasizing psychological science. Our faculty strive to create and implement creative and effective pedagogy, embracing the dual role of teacher/scholar. The department will foster a collegial and collaborative environment within which divergent opinions as well as cultural diversity are respected, valued, and promoted.  

This vision statement was approved by Dean Lovell on March 19, 2009.