Alumni spotlight

Dr. Daryl R. Van Tongeren

vantongerenDaryl R. Van Tongeren started the VCU Social Psychology Program in 2006 and graduated in 2011. During that time, he was awarded the Outstanding Social Psychology Graduate Student (2010) and Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award (2011). Daryl collaborated with several faculty members and fellow graduate students in the social program as well as other programs. After remaining at VCU as a post-doctoral fellow for one year, he joined the faculty at Hope College as an Assistant Professor of Psychology in 2012. His research focuses on the social motivation for meaning and its relation to virtues and morality. Specifically, he and his students adopt a social-cognitive approach to study meaning in life, religion, and virtues, such as forgiveness and humility (and their effects on close relationships). Since 2012 (the year he started as an assistant professor at Hope College), Daryl has published 35 papers (of which 9 are first-author; he has a total of 52 academic publications), and earned three external grants (one as Principal Investigator; one as Co-PI; one as consultant) and two internal grants (both as PI). His research has been published in social psychological journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, British Journal of Social Psychology, and Self and Identity. His research has been funded by generous grants from the John Templeton Foundation. His teaching responsibilities have included Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, and Advanced Research Lab. You can find out more about Daryl at his website.

According to Dr. Van Tongeren, "The VCU Social Psychology Program provides a premier graduate school experience through engaging and challenging courses, extensive research opportunities, premier teacher preparation, in-depth training in advanced methodology and statistics, and outstanding professional development—all provided in a supportive environment by faculty who genuinely care about your success and you as a person. The statistical training, research experience, and teaching opportunities prepared me very well for my tenure-track position, and have positioned me to have a successful academic career. In addition, the faculty continue to be supportive, even after graduation. It is a rigorous yet supportive program designed to successfully land its graduates high quality positions. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in pursuing an academic career in social psychology."

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