The majority of Rachel Fetters' time at SUNY New Paltz has been spent working closely with professors at the college to conduct research in the field of industrial organizational psychology, the study of people in the workplace.
Her research has examined the motivation for professional development among part-time faculty in business schools across the country, as well a preliminary work on a survey for mating intelligence. Her research on the psychological contracts of youth employees and the response rate of mailing surveys has enabled her to present twice at the SUNY New Paltz Research Symposium and has earned her the Panman scholarship, which is given to one graduating New Paltz senior each year.
As research assistant for Professor Douglas Maynard, Rachel presented earlier this year at the TOPSS conference, a conference for K-12 educators, in New Jersey. As a presenter, she advocated to attendees to incorporate industrial organization psychology into their classrooms.
"It's important because everyone spends the majority of their life working," said Rachel.
As her mentor, Dr. Maynard has taught her a lot about life, the field and what industrial organizational psychology can offer her; and for Rachel that offers limitless possibilities.
Goals: To return back to New York City after earning her Ph.D. and establish herself in research, to be an adjunct professor and write a book
Influences: Her mentor, Dr. Maynard - "He took me under his wing and introduced me to the field," said Rachel. "I don't know if I'd be where I am today if I hadn't met him."
Little-known fact: In her free time, Rachel is editing a screenplay