Sara J. Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology Department
Office:  Meyer 219
Telephone: 262-245-8527    
Email Address: sjohnson@gwc.aurora.edu

My outlook on teaching college students entails three main principles. First, I believe that teaching psychology should be more process- than product-oriented. In other words, learning the critical thinking skills and scientific information processing are more crucial to understanding psychology than the memorization of names, dates and theories (especially since those names, dates and theories are always changing!) Second, I believe the best learning comes from making personal connections to the material. I strive to personalize learning objectives and assignments to individuals as much as possible, based on their majors, interests and vocational aspirations. Third, I believe a professor should be available and approachable as a resource and a mentor. The instructor-student relationship does not need to end when the course, semester or degree is completed. Maintaining connections with professors can allow for a network of resources for a plethora of future endeavors, including letters of recommendation, graduate school entry, vocational advice and much more.

Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2011)
M.A., Northern Illinois University, Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology (2008)
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Psychology (2003) and Music (2001)

Areas of Specialization
Social Psychology
Psychology of Gender
Psychology and Religiosity

Courses Taught
General Psychology
Personality Psychology
Lifespan Development
Child and Adolescent Development
Principles of Sociology
General Statistics

Representation Publications and Presentations

Johnson, S.J., Santuzzi, A.M., & Finkelstein, L.M. (under review). Gender, shifting standards, and perceptions of managers’ decision-making processes. Social Cognition.

Durik, A.M., Lovejoy, C., & Johnson, S.J. (2009).  A longitudinal study of achievement goals for college in general:  Predicting cumulative GPA and diversity in course selection. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 34, 113-119.

Murphy, W.M. & Johnson, S.J. (2010, April). E-Mentoring in the classroom: Enhancing career planning and developmental initiation. Poster presented at the 2010 meeting of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Johnson, S.J., & Sagarin, B.J. (2010, January).  The interactions between intrinsic, extrinsic, and quest religious orientations in predicting implicit and explicit sexism.  Poster presented at the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Preconference of the Eleventh Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Las Vegas, NV.

Johnson, S.J., & Sagarin, B.J. (2009, May).  Sexism and religious orientation.  Poster presented at the Eighty-first Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Edlund, J.E., Sagarin, B.J., Skowronski, J.J., Johnson, S.J., & Kutter, J. (2009).  Whatever happens in the laboratory stays in the laboratory: The prevalence and prevention of participant crosstalk.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 635-642.

Johnson, S. J., Matarazzo, K. L., Irwin, L. M., & Cerrentano, C. A. (2008, February).  Gender differences in self-presentation of body type, age, and status in MySpace.com profiles.  Poster presented at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, NM.

Professional Memberships

Society for Personality and Social Psychology Midwestern Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Division 35 – Society for the Psychology of Women  (SPW)
Division 14 – Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
Division 2 – Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
Association for Psychological Science
Open House and Visit Days
Saturday, February 2, 2019