Teaching of Psychology Practicum (PY 695)
Introduction to Psychology-Lecture/recitation (PY 101)
Honors Introduction to Psychology-Online (PY 105)
Research Methods in Psychology (PY 607)
Advanced Social Psychology (PY 672)
Senior Seminar in Psychology (PY 491)
Social Psychology (PY 372)
Introductory Statistics (PY 211)
Teaching and Research Interests
- Teaching of psychology
- Preventive health
Steven Prentice-Dunn is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology who taught at the University of Alabama from 1981-2015. He served as the Director of Graduate Studies as well as the Coordinator of the Introductory Psychology Program. Although he is now retired, Steve maintains an active interest in the Department of Psychology and frequently consults with individual faculty members on teaching and research issues.
Steve taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including social psychology, research methods, statistics, and introductory psychology. For 25 years, Steve offered Teaching of Psychology, a seminar in which advanced doctoral students receive close supervision as they learn teaching techniques and then implement them in their own small PY 101 course. An accreditation evaluator called Teaching of Psychology, “a wonderfully developed program that provides a unique learning experience for graduate students while also providing more personalized instruction in introductory psychology.”
In the second half of his career, Steve’s undergraduate teaching emphasis was Introduction to Psychology in traditional, honors, and online formats. In 2010, he developed the first online PY 101 course offered at the University, with content being delivered through an e-book and online articles, interactive exercises, video clips, student discussion boards, recorded brief lectures from imminent researchers, and a constantly updated newsfeed of psychology headlines from around the world. In 2011, he created a PY 101 course in which students supplement attendance at large lectures with small interactive classes that involve group discussion, demonstrations, and writing projects.
Steve was honored to receive the National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, the Arts & Sciences Teaching Fellow designation, and the Psychology Chair’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was also been named Faculty Member of the Year by the Graduate Student Association and by Psi Chi, the psychology honorary society. In 2015, the award given annually to the top graduate student instructor was renamed in his honor. He is the former consulting editor for the journal, Teaching of Psychology.
Steve is a social psychologist whose 90 publications focused on health and on teaching. He investigated brief, low-cost interventions to promote preventive health behaviors such as reducing deliberate sun exposure to lower skin cancer risk, complying with dietary guidelines following gastric bypass surgery, and increasing breast cancer awareness among young adults. He also wrote articles on training graduate students to teach and on consultation with new instructors. Steve was designated as a Fellow of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
Steve's retirement activities include travel, exercise, outdoor activities, and further developing his longtime interests in the archaeology of the Southwest. He now resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.