Full Regalia for Graduate Commencement on 13 June 2013

Dean Keith Simonton, PhD

Distinguished Professor
Department of Psychology
University of California, Davis
 

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Research | Teaching | Service | Contact Information | Biographical Data | Personal Interests


RESEARCH
 

Interests

Genius, creativity, leadership, and aesthetics - the cognitive, dispositional, developmental, and sociocultural factors behind eminence, giftedness, and talent in science, philosophy, literature, music, art, cinema, politics, and war, with the greatest emphasis on scientific genius.

Archival data analysis - cross-cultural, transhistorical, biographical, and content analytical measures, with special stress on the historiometric analyses of eminent personalities, creative products, and notable events.

History of psychology - including analyses from the standpoint of the psychology of science, especially the psychology of distinguished scientists and eminent psychologists.
 

    Publications
Published and forthcoming contributions include 13 books (10 sole authored, 1 edited, 1 co-edited, and 1 author-reprint collection):
 
Genius, creativity, and leadership: Historiometric inquiries Harvard University Press 1984 (out of print);
Why presidents succeed: A political psychology of leadership Yale University Press 1987 (out of print);
Scientific genius: A psychology of science Cambridge University Press 1988 (in print);
Psychology, science, and history: An introduction to historiometry Yale University Press 1990 (out of print);
Greatness: Who makes history and why Guilford Press 1994 (in print);
Genius and creativity: Selected papers Ablex (Praeger) Publishing 1997 (in print);
Origins of genius: Darwinian perspectives on creativity Oxford University Press 1999 (in print; ebook);
Great psychologists and their times: Scientific insights into psychology's history American Psychological Association 2002 (out of print);
Creativity in science: Chance, logic, genius, and zeitgeist Cambridge University Press 2004 (in print);
Genius 101 Springer Publishing 2009 (in print; ebook);
Great flicks: Scientific studies of cinematic creativity and aesthetics Oxford University Press 2011 (in print; ebook);
The social science of cinema (with J. C. Kaufman, co-editor) Oxford University Press 2014 (in print, ebook);
The Wiley handbook of genius (editor) Wiley-Blackwell 2014 (in press);

112 book chapters in edited volumes (35 in handbooks),
43 entries in 23 encyclopedias, and
310 publications (157 journal articles and 153 commentaries, replies, editorials, reviews, interviews, etc.) in 123 periodicals, among them (grouped roughly by discipline and subdiscipline):

Psychological Review (3), Psychological Bulletin (5), Psychological Methods (1), American Psychologist (3), Review of General Psychology (8), Annual Review of Psychology (1), Perspectives on Psychological Science (5), Psychological Science (1), Current Directions in Psychological Science (1), Psychological Inquiry (6), International Journal of Psychology (2), American Journal of Psychology (2), The Psychologist (1), Pszichológia (2), Bulletin de Psychologie (1), New Ideas in Psychology (1), Teaching of Psychology (2), Contemporary Psychology-PsycCRITIQUES (35), The General Psychologist (4), Monitor on Psychology (1), The National Psychologist (1), Psych-Talk (1), North American Journal of Psychology (1), Psychological Reports (2), Advances in Psychology Research (1) / Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (21), Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (1), Social and Personality Psychology Compass (2), Social Behavior and Personality (5), Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (2), European Review of Social Psychology (1), Journal of Social Psychology (1), Journal of Applied Social Psychology (1), Psychology and Marketing (1), Journal of Personality (7) / Developmental Psychology (1), Developmental Review (2), Annals of Child Development (1), Psychology and Aging (1), International Journal of Aging and Human Development (3), Genetic Psychology Monographs (1), Gerontologist (1), Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging (1) / History of Psychology (1), Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (2) / Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology (2) / Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (3) / Sex Roles (3), Social Forces (1), Social Science Quarterly (1), Behavior Science Research (1) / Political Psychology (6), Leadership Quarterly (3), Political Behavior (1), Presidential Studies Quarterly (1) / Intelligence (2) / Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (11), Creativity Research Journal (13), Journal of Creative Behavior (10), Thinking Skills and Creativity (1), International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving (1) / Gifted Child Quarterly (2), Roeper Review: A Journal on Gifted Education (2), Journal for the Education of the Gifted (1), High Ability Studies (2), Gifted and Talented International (2), Mensa Research Journal (1) / Scientometrics (4), Social Studies of Science (3), Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society (2), Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology (1), Kexue Xue Yu Kezue Jishu Guanli (1) / Empirical Studies of the Arts (9), Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts (2), Psychology of Popular Media Culture (1), The Amplifier (2), Poetics (2), Computers and the Humanities (1) / Psychology of Music (2), Music Perception (1) / Perception (1) / Psychiatric Times (2), Behaviour Research and Therapy (1), Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought (1), Clio’s Psyche (2), Los Angeles Psychologist (1), Applied & Preventive Psychology: Current Scientific Perspectives (1) / Journal of Vocational Behavior (2), Administrative Science Quarterly (1), Management and Organization Review (1) / Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (1), Comparative Civilizations Review (1) / Research in Multi-Level Issues (1) / Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (1) / Nature (1), JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association(2), Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (1), Quarterly Review of Biology (1), Behavioral and Brain Sciences (5), Politics and the Life Sciences (1), Journal of Social and Biological Structures (1), Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience (1), Scientific American Mind (1), The Scientist (1) / Physics of Life Reviews (5), Czechoslovak Journal of Physics (1) / IEEE Potentials (1) / Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives (1), and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society) (1).
Complete Publication List | Representative Journal Articles | Select Publication Abstracts | In Review | In Progress | Book Reviews | Publication Impact | Errata
 

Recognition

Research Career Awards: Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (1996);
Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Division 10 - American Psychological Association (APA, 1996);
Joseph B. Gittler Award for “the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundation of psychological knowledge,” American Psychological Foundation ($10,000 prize, 2013);
Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award, Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Division 46 - APA (2013);
President's Award, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC, 2007);
E. Paul Torrance Award, Creativity Network, NAGC (2010).

Research Publication Awards: William James Book Award, Society for General Psychology, Division 1 - APA (2000);
George A. Miller Outstanding Article Award, Society for General Psychology, Division 1 - APA (1997);
Theoretical Innovation Prize, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Division 8 - APA (2004);
Award for Excellence in Research, Mensa Education & Research Foundation and Mensa International, Ltd. (with A. V. Song; 2011);
Award for Excellence in Research, Mensa Education & Research Foundation and Mensa International, Ltd. (2009);
Award for Excellence in Research, Mensa Education & Research Foundation (1986);
Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Honorable Mention, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, Division 9 - APA (1997).

Scientific Society Presidencies:

President, Society for General Psychology, Division 1 - APA (2011-12);
President, Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Division 10 - APA (1985-86);
President, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (1998-2000).

Scientific Society Fellow Elections:

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998);
Fellow, APA (1983), 11 Divisions:
      1 - Society for General Psychology (1995);
      5 - Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics (2002);
      7 - Developmental Psychology (2000);
      8 - Society for Personality and Social Psychology (1988);
      9 - Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (1989);
    10 - Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (1983);
    20 - Adult Development and Aging (1994);
    24 - Society for Philosophical and Theoretical Psychology (2006);
    46 - Society for Media Psychology and Technology (2011);
    52 - International Psychology (2013); see below for 2 - Society for the Teaching of Psychology;
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (1989);
Fellow, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (1998);
Fellow, Western Psychological Association (2010);
Charter Fellow, American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology (1992).

Other Research Honors:

Master Lecturer, Personality and Individual Differences, Board of Scientific Affairs, APA (2009);
Esther Katz Rosen Fund Lecture, American Psychological Foundation (1994);
Member, Sigma Xi (National Scientific Research Society, 1987);
UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement (1994; $25,000 award, now $45,000);
Fellow, National Science Foundation (1970-1972).

Google Scholar Citations [details/caveats]:

Total citations: 13,042 (single-year max of 1152 in 2013); Total cited publications: 325;
h-index: 55 = the largest number h such that these h publications have h or more citations;
i10-index: 193 = the number of publications with 10 or more citations (135 > 20; 27 > 100; 13 > 200; 5 > 500; 1 > 700) [graph].
 
Membership American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow);
American Psychological Association (Fellow in Divisions 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 24, 46, and 52; Member in 26);
Association for Psychological Science (Fellow);
American Association of Applied and Preventative Psychology (Fellow);
Western Psychological Association (Fellow);
International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (Fellow);
International Society of Political Psychology;
Sigma Xi.
  Presentations Associations/Societies - Council of Scientific Society Presidents, International Congress of Psychology, International Congress of Applied Psychology, International Centre for Innovation in Education, International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, International Society of Political Psychology, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology, Sociedad Interamericana de Psicología, International Leadership Association, International Society for Intelligence Research, Max Planck Society, History of Science Society, Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomics, World Council for Gifted and Talented Children, Association for Psychological Science, Canadian Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, American Political Science Association, American Sociological Association, American Educational Research Association, Gerontological Society of America, National Association for Gifted Children, Society of Personality and Social Psychology, Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Association for Research in Personality, Western Psychological Association, Southwestern Psychological Association;

Colleges/Universities - Harvard (Business Administration, Education, Psychology), Yale, Pennsylvania, Stanford, California (Berkeley, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz), Michigan, Michigan State, Göttingen, British Columbia (Green College, Psychology), Pittsburgh, University of Southern California (Music, International Studies), New York University, National Defense, Iowa, Florida State, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada (Reno), Alabama, Alaska, Texas A&M International, San José State; Colleges - Occidental, Carleton, Claremont McKenna, Pitzer; Medical College of Wisconsin;

Institutions/Events - Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, National Academy of the Sciences, World Science Festival, National Bureau of Economic Research, Santa Fe Institute, European Science Days, Commonwealth Club, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Milken Family Foundation, Belin(-Blank) National Center for Gifted Education, Center for Creative Leadership, Creative Education Foundation, Positive Psychology Center, Torrance Center, Delta Center, Cleveland Clinic.

 
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TEACHING
 

Awards and Achievements

Robert S. Daniel Award for Four Year College/University Teaching, Division 2 - Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA (2006) [photo/citation];
UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement, UC Davis Foundation (1994; $25,000 award, now $45,000);
Distinguished Teaching Award, Academic Senate of the University of California (Davis Division, 2000);
Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence, University of California, Davis (Associated Students of UC Davis, 1979);
Fellow, Division 2 - Society for the Teaching of Psychology, APA (1997);
Nominations, U.S. Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (1997-98);
Forum on Exemplary Teaching, American Association for Higher Education (1994);
Endowed Simonton Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Research bestowed annually at commencement (1995);
Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service as Psi Chi Faculty Advisor, Davis Chapter (1994);
Honorary Member, Golden Key National Honorary Society (1991);
Finalist, Distinguished Teaching Award, Davis Division of the Academic Senate, University of California (1981);
Fellow, Danforth Foundation (1970-74).
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    Student Evaluations

    (5-Point Scale; 1987-2014; N = 83)
     
     
    Course
     151 
     175 
     185 
     204b
     220 
    390ab
    Maximum
    4.90
    4.90
    5.00
    5.00
    5.00
    5.00
    Mean
    4.76
    4.81
    4.87
    4.75
    4.80
    4.83
    Median
    4.75
    4.80
    4.90
    4.80
    4.80
    5.00
    Mode
    4.70
    4.90
    4.90
    4.70
    -
    5.00
    Minimum
    4.70
    4.50
    4.70
    4.20
    4.60
    4.50
    N
    8
    24
    26
    17
    3
    5

     
    N.B.: These are for the scale item "My instructor is an excellent teacher, overall" or equivalent.
    Excludes all undergraduate/graduate seminars with qualitative ratings.


    ASUCD's Student Viewpoint Evaluations
     

    Course Websites

     
    PSC Title Type Years
    151 Social Psychology Upper-division undergraduate survey course 1976-1999 (1)
    175 Genius, Creativity, and Leadership General Education: Social Sciences - Writing experience 1991-2012 (2)
    185 History of Psychology Capstone course in undergraduate major 1989-2013 (2)
    204b Causal Modeling of Correlational Data Second course in first-year graduate statistics series 1993-2009 (1)
    220 History of Psychology Graduate breadth lecture-seminar 1995-2011 (3)
    390ab The Teaching of Psychology Professional course for post-orals graduate students 2011-2013 (2)

    (1) No longer taught since the latest year indicated, but still covered by other departmental faculty members (for whom, go here).
    (2) Except when on sabbatical or administrative leave, usually offered once per year.
    (3) Since the abolition of identified breadth courses for students entering the graduate program in fall 2011, this seminar will only be offered if there is enough student demand that is specified sufficiently in advance.
     

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    SERVICE
     

    Professional Service

    Special Honor: Farnsworth Award for Outstanding Service to the Society for Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, APA Division 10 (2011).

    Elected Offices:

    President, Society for General Psychology, APA Division 1 (2011-12);
    President, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (1998-2000);
    President, Society for Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, APA Division 10 (1985-86);
    Member-at-Large, Executive Committee, APA Division 10 (1980-82).

    Journal Editor: Journal of Creative Behavior (1993-99).

    Journal Guest Editor:

    Leadership Quarterly (two-part Special Issue on "Political Leadership," 1996-98);
    Review of General Psychology (Special Issue on "Positive Psychology," with R. F. Baumeister, 2003-04).

    Journal Associate Editor: Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology (2007-09).

    Editorial Boards:

    Journals: Review of General Psychology (1998-present), Perspectives on Psychological Science (2007-10), Journal of Personality (1985-93), Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (2006-present), Creativity Research Journal (1988-present), Journal of Creative Behavior (1999-present), International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving (2008-present), Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving (2002-08), Empirical Studies of the Arts (1994-present; Advisory Editor, 1999-present), Bulletin of Psychology and the Arts (2001-06), Political Psychology (1997-2005), Leadership Quarterly (1998-2001), the Oxfordian (2005-07), PsycCRITIQUES (2006-present), Social and Personality Psychology Compass (2007-present), Psychology of Popular Media Culture (2011-present), International Journal for Talent Development and Creativity (2012-present); Advances in Political Psychology (2013-present).

    Book series:
    Expertise: Research and Applications (Routledge, formerly Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1995-2012).

    Associate Editor: The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging (2012-present).

    Executive Advisory Boards: Encyclopedia of Creativity, Academic Press (1996-1999); Encyclopedia of Creativity, Elsevier (2nd ed., 2009-11).

    Publisher Advisory Boards:

    Oxford Guide to Creativity Research Methodology, Oxford University Press (2004-09);
    History and Systems in Psychology, Oxford University Press (2006-09);
    Education, Creativity, and Social Development, East China Normal University Press (2010-present).

    Publications Committee: Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts (APA Division 10; 2003-07).

    Corresponding Associate Commentator: Behavioral and Brain Sciences (1990ff).

    Reviewer:

    Organizations (61 evaluations / 22 organizations): National Science Foundation (20), John Templeton Foundation (8), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (6), Guggenheim Foundation (3), Research Grants Council (Hong Kong, China; 3), European Science Foundation (2), Israel Science Foundation (2), Austrian Science Fund, Humanities in the European Research Area, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Research Council (The National Academies), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, Marconi Institute for Creativity, Sloan Foundation, Spencer Foundation, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, APA Program Committees (Divisions 1, 5, 8, 10), Hampton Research Grants Programme, France-Berkeley Fund; Ohio State University Seed Grant Program, Jackson State University Center for University Scholars, APA Student Travel Award Program.

    Publishers (98 evaluations / 30 publishers): Lawrence Erlbaum (15), Oxford University Press (15), Academic Press (10), Cambridge University Press (10), Elsevier (8), Sage Publications (4), Guilford Press (3), Psychology Press (3), Brooks/Cole (2), Freeman (2), Harvard University Press (2), Kluwer Academic Publishers (2), Prentice-Hall (2), Springer (2), Westview (2), Wiley-Blackwell (2), Allyn & Bacon, APA Books, Basic Books, Edward Elgar, Greenwood Press, Harcourt Brace Janovich, Harvard Business School Press, Jossey-Bass, Palgrave Macmillan, Princeton University Press, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Wadsworth, Wiley, Worth.

    Journals (698 evaluations / 140 journals): Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (65); Review of General Psychology (50); Journal of Creative Behavior (44); Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (38); Political Psychology (29); Journal of Personality (25); Creativity Research Journal (23); Psychological Bulletin (23); Leadership Quarterly (21); Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (15); Psychological Science (15); American Psychologist (14); Empirical Studies of the Arts (14); Psychological Review (13); Personality and Individual Differences (12); Multivariate Behavioral Research (10); IEEE Spectrum (9); Intelligence (9); Psychology and Aging (9); Developmental Psychology (8); Psychology of Music (8); High Ability Studies (7); Developmental Review (6); Gerontologist (6); International Journal of Aging and Human Development (6); International Journal of Psychology (6); Music Perception (6); Personality and Social Psychology Review (6); Perspectives on Psychological Science (6); Sex Roles (6); Journal of Applied Social Psychology (5); Journal of Cultural Economics (5); New Ideas in Psychology (5); Psychology of Popular Media Culture (5); Social Studies of Science (5); Behavioral Science (4); British Journal of Psychology (4); Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving (4); Philosophical Psychology (4); Poetics (4); Thinking Skills and Creativity (4); Consciousness and Cognition (3); Current Directions in Psychological Science (3); International Journal of Creativity & Problem Solving (3); Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (3); Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology (3); The Oxfordian (3); Perceptual and Motor Skills (3); Political Research Quarterly (3); Psychological Reports (3); Synthese (3);  Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2); Child Development (2); Cognitive Development (2); Cognitive Science (2); Comparative Civilizations Review (2); Developmental Science (1); Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines (2); History of Psychology (2); Human Performance (2); Journal for the Education of the Gifted (2); Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology (2); Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (2); Journal of Research in Personality (2); Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services (2); Learning and Individual Differences (2); Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences (2); Omega: Journal of Death and Dying (2); Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes (2); PLoS ONE (2); Psychological Inquiries (2); Psychonomic Bulletin and Review (2); Social Forces (2); Social Psychological and Personality Science (1); Social Psychology Quarterly (2); Acta Biotheoretica; Administrative Science Quarterly; American Bar Foundation Research Journal; American Journal of Psychology; American Political Science Review; Animal Cognition; Appetite; Archives of Scientific Psychology; Assessment; Basic and Applied Social Psychology; Behavior Genetics; Behavior Science Research; Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science; Canadian Journal of Higher Education; Cognition and Emotion; Cognitive Psychology; Complexity; Computers and the Humanities; Configurations; Cultural Trends; Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research; Decision Sciences; The Economic Journal; Educational Psychology Review; European Journal of Neurology; Evaluation and Program Planning; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; History of Science; Human Development; Human Relations; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; International Journal of Behavioral Development; International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching; International Psychology Bulletin; International Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Journal of Abnormal Psychology; Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Experimental Psychology: General; Journal of Family Psychology; Journal of Gerontology; Journal of Organizational Behavior; Journal of Positive Psychology; Journal of Sports Sciences; Leonardo; Life Span Development and Behavior; Methods; Mind, Brain, and Education; Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy; Musicae Scientiae; New Media & Society; Population and Development Review; Psychological Methods; Psychology & Neuroscience; Psychomusicology: Music, Mind & Brain; Research Policy; Science; Scientometrics; Social and Personality Psychology Compass; Social Behavior and Personality; Social Science Quarterly; Sociological Methods and Research; South African Journal of Art History; Sports Medicine; Theory & Psychology.

    Committees:

    Chair, Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology, American Psychological Foundation (2014); Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award, APA Division 1 (2013); Chair, George A. Miller Outstanding Article Award, APA Division 1 (2012), Chair, William James Book Award, APA Division 1 (2011), Chair, Robert S. Daniel Award for Four Year College/University Teaching, APA Division 2, APA (2008); Chair, C. Alan Boneau Award for Outstanding Service, APA Division 1 (2011); Chair, Program, APA Division 10 (1984); Member-at-large, Executive Committee, International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology; Member, Arthur W. Staats Lecture for Unifying Psychology, APA Division 1 (2011-13); Member, Robert S. Daniel Award for Four Year College/University Teaching, APA Division 2 (2007); Member, McKeachie Graduate Student Award, APA Division 2 (2007); Member, Wayne Weiten Teaching Excellence Award for 2-year Colleges, APA Division 2 (2009); Member, Mary Margaret Moffett Memorial Teaching Excellence Award for High School, APA Division 2 (2010); Member, Fellow Nomination Committee, APA Division 10 (1999-2000, 2003-04); Member, C. Alan Boneau Award for Outstanding Service, APA Division 1 (2011); Member, Awards Committee, APA Division 10 (2004-05); Member, Fellow Nomination Committee, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (2003-04); Member, Program Committee APA Division 10 (2002-03); Member, Advisory Board, International Association of Empirical Aesthetics meeting, Lisbon, Portugal (2003-04); Member, Executive Committee, International Congress on Creativity and Psychology of the Arts, Perm, Russia (2003-05); Member, Program Committee, Computational Creativity Workshop at the 7th European Conference in Case-Based Reasoning, Madrid, Spain (2003-04); Member, Advisory Board, Torrance Center, College of Education, University of Georgia; Member, Coalition for Psychology of High Performance; Honorary Advisor, Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan; Distinguished Consulting Faculty, Saybrook University; National Affiliate, DeLTA Center, University of Iowa.

    Consultant: The National Academies; North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Brussels, Belgium; National Defense University, Department of Defense, Washington, DC; California Youth Authority, Sacramento; Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC; Creative Problem Solving Institute, Buffalo, NY; Arvin Perlmutter, Inc.; Milken Family Foundation; Student Achievement and Advocacy Service Corporation; Templeton Foundation.

     
    Academic Service
    University of California, System-Wide:

    Member, Committee on Academic Personnel.

    University of California, Davis Campus:

    Committee Chair: Academic Personnel; Distinguished Teaching Awards; Arts and Lectures; Teaching Excellence and Merit; Davis Honors Challenge Administrative Review Committee.

    Committee Member: Academic Personnel; Academic Personnel Appellate; Academic Planning Council; Academic Senate Executive Council; Executive Council Advisory Group; Distinguished Teaching Awards; Teaching; UC Davis Prize; Registration Fee; Computing Administrative Advisory; Arts and Lectures; Center for Performing Arts Program Planning; Emeriti; Chancellor's Teaching Fellowship Advisory; Courses and Bylaws Subcommittee of the Graduate Council; Child Care; Human Subjects; Sub Work Group on Retention; Search for Director of Teaching Resources Center; Institute for Governmental Affairs; Chancellor's UCD 75th Anniversary Celebration Advisory Council; Program Review (Statistics; Rhetoric and Communication); Winslow and Gilhooly Award Selection; Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Fellowships.

    President, Kappa Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa; Liaison Officer, Danforth Foundation; Participant, Recorder, or Discussion Leader: Chancellor's Fall Conferences; Member, Human Development and Statistics Graduate Groups; Faculty Advisor, Epsilon Sigma Rho (Multicultural Fraternity).

    College of Letters and Sciences:

    Chair of the Faculty, for the Executive Committee and Representative Assembly; Vice-Chair of the Faculty;

    Committee Chair: College Personnel; Nominations and Elections.

    Committee Member: College Personnel; Educational Policy; Courses of Instruction; Nominations and Elections; Search, Executive Associate Dean; Search, Associate Dean of Academic Personnel; Undergraduate Computing Lab Workgroup for the Division of Social Sciences; Task Force to Review the Composition Requirement.

    Commencement Speaker for the 1994 Graduation Ceremonies; Faculty Coordinator, Fulmor Scholarship Program; Advisor, Education Abroad Program.

    Department of Psychology:

    Departmental Vice-Chair;

    Committee Chair: Undergraduate Advising and Student-Faculty Liaison; Undergraduate Honors Advisor; Undergraduate Curriculum; Graduate Advising; Search for Social Psychologist; Search for Quantitative Psychologist.

    Committee Member: Graduate Admissions; Computer; Equipment; Search Committees.

    Faculty Graduate Advisor; Undergraduate Honors Advisor; Faculty Sponsor, Psi Chi (National Honorary Society); Master Advisor.

    Representative: Representative Assembly of the Academic Senate; College Assembly of Letters and Science.

     
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    CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone: 530-752-1677

    FAX: 530-752-2087

    Electronic Mail Address: dksimonton@ucdavis.edu

    Postal Mail Address:

    Department of Psychology
    One Shields Avenue
    University of California, Davis
    Davis, CA 95616-8686
    USA

    Departmental Office: 102D Young Hall

    Office Hours (Spring quarter 2014):

    F 2-4 (or by appointment)

     
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    BIOGRAPHICAL DATA Age:

    66 (born January 27, 1948, Glendale, CA; Los Angeles Metropolitan Area)
     

    Ancestry:

    Scottish, English, Serbian, and French-Canadian (i.e., Gŕidhlig, West Germanic, South Slavic, and Gallo Romance); one quarter each
     

    Education:
     
    Occidental College B.A. 1970 Psychology  
    Harvard University M.A. 1973 Social Psychology  
    Harvard University Ph.D. 1975 Social Psychology  

    N.B.: Actually, the M.A. and Ph.D. are both written entirely in Latin, and hence the degrees were not really in "social psychology" but rather in some obscure Latin translation.


    Academic Appointments:

    2013 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Iowa [details];
    2004 Distinguished Professor (Above Scale), University of California, Davis (to present) [details];
    1985 Professor, University of California, Davis (to 2004);
    1985 Visiting Research Psychologist, Institute for Personality Assessment and Research, University of California, Berkeley;
    1980 Associate Professor, University of California, Davis (to 1985);
    1976 Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis (to 1980);
    1974 Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas (to 1976);
    1971 Teaching Fellow, Introductory Psychology and Social Psychology, Harvard University (to 1973);
    1969 Section Leader, History of Civilization, Occidental College (to 1970).


    Scholastic Awards and Achievements:

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY:
    Doctoral General Exams passed “with Distinction” (top in class, 1972, Social Psychology Program);
    Fellow, National Science Foundation (1970-72);
    Fellow, Danforth Foundation (1970-74).

    OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE:
    Phi Beta Kappa (1970);
    Magna Cum Laude (High Honors in Psychology, 1970);
    Psi Chi (National Honorary Psychology Society, 1969);
    99+ Percentile on Graduate Record Examination Psychology Subject Test (1969);
    Arnston Memorial Award for essay contest regarding “Man’s Place and Function in the Universe” (1969);
    College Scholar (1967-70);
    California State Scholarship (1966-70).

    JOHN H. FRANCIS POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL:
    Salutatorian (Major: Science - College Preparatory, 1966; Salutatorian Address at Graduation Ceremony; 2nd in class of 256);
    Three Special Awards (top in mid-year graduating class) for Science, Social Studies, and English (1966);
    Ephebian Society (Los Angeles metropolitan society honoring character, leadership, community service, and scholastic achievement, 1966);
    Self-Government Award (1966);
    Seal Bearer (Lifetime Member, California Scholarship Federation, 1966);
    Team Captain, Knowledge Bowl Team (1965);
    Scholarquiz Award, KNXT-TV (CBS affiliate, Los Angeles; team won televised competition, 1965);
    Member, California Scholarship Federation (1964-66).

    RICHARD E. BYRD JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL:
    Graduation Speaker on theme “Light the Path to Knowledge” (1963);
    Two Awards of Merit (top in mid-year graduating class) for Science and Social Studies (1963);
    Sextants (Scholarship Society, 1962-63);
    Junior Research Science (Los Angeles metropolitan summer program for scientific talent, 1962).
     

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