Michelle L. Ceynar
Professor and Chair of Psychology
Research pertaining to gender issues and prejudice.
B.A. in Psychology, University of Northern Colorado, 1992
M.A. in Psychology, University of Montana, 1995
Ph.D. in Social Psychology, University of Montana, 1996
"Remember that Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels" --Faith Whittlessey I became interested in psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado. I was lucky to have three professors who peaked my interest, challenged me and ultimately convinced me that I could conquer the world. I am always enthusiastic and supportive about my research; Dr. Eugene Sheehan captured my interest in prejudice on the first day of his class Psychology of Prejudice and encouraged me to go to graduate school; and Dr. William (Skip) Barnard who took me on as a research assistant and gave me the chance to co-author my first publication. I ended up at the University of Montana by a twist of fate. I was attending a conference in Boise and wandered into a graduate school information exchange. I sat down with Dr. Nabil Haddad and within 20 minutes he was persuading me to send my application for an extended deadline for that fall. As soon as I returned to Colorado I rushed my application and was accepted the next week. I was fortunate at the the University of Montana to have many supportive professors from whom I learned a great deal about teaching and research. I worked with Dr. Frances Hill who I consider to be both mentor and dear friend. It is through her honesty, gentle encouragement and support that I am doing something I truly enjoy doing: teaching.