Dr. Rob Tigner
Dr. Rob Tigner
Professor of Psychology
B.A., Psychology-Hanover college
M.A. & Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology-Ohio State University
Chapter Counselor-Beta Theta Pi
Honors or recognition:
E.M. Violette Outstanding Advisor of the Year, 2009
Edward B Taylor Advisor of the Year, 2005
Outstanding Midwest Regional Friend of Beta Theta Pi, 2006
I do research on attention and memory. Recent topics include the attentional blink and the effects of multitasking on memory.
What attracted you to teaching at Truman?
I love the liberal arts culture, the enthusiastic faculty, and the very high caliber of students that Truman attracts. Everyone at Truman is focused on helping the undergraduates succeed: this creates a wonderful environment.
What do you like best about teaching at Truman?
I like teaching small classes with bright and enthusiastic students. My students engage in interesting discussions, challenge each other, and discover perspectives they hadn’t seen before.
What has been your greatest accomplishment or success while teaching at Truman?
I am fortunate to advise an exceptional fraternity chapter. Truman’s chapter of Beta Theta Pi has earned a top national award 4 times in the last decade (the John Reily Knox Award for Chapter Excellence). I obviously can’t take credit for all the chapter’s success, but I am very proud to have contributed to it.
How have you involved undergraduate students in your research?
In addition to the students I teach in classes, each semester I also have a team of students that conducts research with me. These students help me to generate hypotheses and design experiments, they collect and analyze data, and then they present the research at local and regional conferences. Last year, for example, four of my students traveled to Chicago to present research at a conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association.
What do students seem to like most about your classes?
I try to bring a lot of personal examples to class to demonstrate the topics we discuss. Students often comment on how these examples tie course material to real world applications. I’ve also been known to tell a joke or two.
What careers have some of your former students entered?
Professor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Human Services, Case Worker, Peace Corps