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About Donald J. Polzella

Donald Polzella is the former Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Dayton and holds the rank of Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology. He is the former Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. Chair in the Social Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1974. Dr. Polzella has published or presented, both here and abroad, on topics related to psychology, ergonomics, statistics, computer science, and aesthetics. His work in the areas of aviation, information technology, electronic learning, and family literacy has been funded by public and private agencies. Dr. Polzella's current teaching and research interests focus on the history of psychology, environmental design, the psychology of the arts - primarily painting and music - and multimedia education.

• Association for Psychological Science (Charter Member)
• Psychonomic Society
• Sigma Xi (Past-President, University of Dayton Chapter)
• American Conference of Academic Deans
• Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences


1972 - Present Professor Emeritus, University of Dayton Department of Psychology

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • University of Dayton Research Institute Award for Meritorious Research, 1983
  • University of Dayton College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher Award, 1996
  • University of Dayton Chapter of Sigma Xi George B. Noland Research Award, 1999
  • University of Dayton Raymond A. Roesch Endowed Chair in the Social Sciences, 2002-2006


  • Introductory Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Psycholinguistics (undergraduate)
  • Cognitive Psychology (undergraduate)
  • Psychology of Consciousness (undergraduate)
  • Psychology of the Arts (undergraduate)
  • Psychological Tests and Measurements (undergraduate)
  • History and Systems (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Experimental Psychology (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Learning and Memory (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Perception (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Statistics (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Man-Machine Systems (graduate)
  • Special Topics in Human Factors (graduate)
  • Psychology of Music (Department of Music)


1974 PhD, The University Of Michigan ‐ Experimental Psychology
1969 MA, Bucknell University ‐ Psychology
1967 AB, University of Rochester ‐ Psychology