Faculty & Staff
Jordan D. Troisi
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Co-Director for the Center for Teaching
B.A., Albion College; M.A., Ph.D., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Jordan D. Troisi has taught at Sewanee since 2014. He earned his B.A. from Albion College in Michigan and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He received the Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2014, and the Jane Halonen Teaching Excellence Award for Early Career Faculty from APA Division 2 (the Society for the Teaching of Psychology) in 2016.
He is a dedicated teacher and an active member of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He was the chair of the Society’s Early Career Psychologists Committee; he is currently a Consulting Editor of the Society’s flagship journal Teaching of Psychology, and 2017-2019 he will serve as the Director of the Society’s Annual Conference on Teaching. He also serves as the Co-Director of Sewanee's Center for Teaching, where he designs and implements programs to improve college teaching.
Professor Troisi has two primary areas of research that he and students in his Social Research Lab examine. One area focuses on humans’ fundamental need for belongingness and the ways in which this motivates behavior. This need is so significant that humans sometimes pursue social connection from non-human social targets, known as “social surrogates” (e.g., television shows, narratives, social networking websites). His second line of research examines teaching and learning practices in college education.
A firm believer in the virtues of self-complexity, Professor Troisi has numerous personal and recreational interests. In his spare time, he enjoys running, hiking, playing ultimate Frisbee, cooking, drinking tea, reading, and listening to podcasts.
101 Principles of Psychology
203 Social Psychology
223 Positive Psychology
251 Research Methods and Data Analysis (lab)
356 Research in Social Psychology (lab)
413 The Self-Concept and Self-Esteem (not offered 2015-16)