301 Landrum Bolling Center
Professor of Psychology
- Graduate Programs in Education
- Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
- M.A., University of Notre Dame
- M.S., Saint Louis University
- B.A., Saint Louis University
Cradle and Grave: The Psychology of Infancy and Death and Dying: I believe this is one of the most unique courses offered anywhere in the field of Developmental Psychology. In the first seven weeks of the course, students focus on the beginning of human life: prenatal development, birth, and the first year of infancy. After mid-term break we turn our attention to the last days of human life: dying, death, and bereavement. By focusing on the first and last days of life, students are given the opportunity to study and reflect on the meaning and significance of birth, death, and temporal human life.
Positive Psychology: This course focuses on the psychological attributes that lead to human flourishing. We focus on topics such as the scientific study of happiness, love, gratitude, meaning, and full engagement with life.
Psychology of Sport: This course focuses on the scientific study of athletes and the practical application of that knowledge. Topics include psychological skills training for athletes, team dynamics, peak performance, competitiveness, and motivation. In this course, students are given the opportunity to conduct a psychological case study assessment of a college athlete.
Human Dignity and Bioethics: Dramatic advances in genetic research and biotechnology have led to the promise of the alleviation of human suffering while simultaneously raising troubling questions concerning the perils of attempting to “engineer” or “enhance” human nature. This course examines the ethical implications of recent scientific advances through the lens of the concept of human dignity. Students in this course will explore and discuss such questions as “What is meant by ‘human dignity?’” and “Can this concept provide a useful framework for exploring the ethical dimensions of scientific and medical progress?”
Vince Punzo is a psychologist interested in issues related to bioethics and human dignity. He also teaches such courses on such topics as the positive psychology and the psychology of sport. An avid sports fan, he has attended major league baseball games in more than 40 stadiums.
“At Earlham there is an emphasis on inter-disciplinary approaches to teaching and learning,” says Vince. “It is also a place in which there are quite a high number of truly extraordinary teachers who provide their students with exceptional classroom experiences.”
International Positive Psychology Association