The Ohio State University at Marion
Terry F. Pettijohn



Office: 170H Morrill Hall
Phone: (740) 725-6260

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Terry F. Pettijohn is a professor of psychology at the Ohio State University at Marion, where he has taught introductory psychology for forty years. As an undergraduate, he attended Alma College and Michigan State University, where he earned his B.S. in 1970. He attended Bowling Green State University for graduate studies, obtaining his M.A. in 1972 and receiving his Ph.D. in experimental psychology in 1974.


Besides general psychology, he regularly teaches behavioral neuroscience, research methods, learning, history of psychology, drugs and behavior, emotion, motivation, comparative, and social psychology. He has been recognized for his teaching efforts, including being a recipient of the University Distinguished Teaching Award three times. He has also received the OSU A. J. Wright Award for Outstanding Student Organization Advisor, and has been inducted into the junior and senior honor societies (Spinx, Mortar Board, and Bucket and Dipper) at OSU as an honorary faculty member.


He has written professional publications in the areas of teaching and experimental psychology, and has served as editor of MicroPsych Computer Network Newsletter. In addition to four editions of an introductory psychology textbook, his teaching publications include Classic Edition Sources: Psychology (4th ed), a reading anthology for the introductory course, Sources: Social Psychology (3rd ed), and numerous supplements to psychology textbooks.


His current research interests include effectiveness of technology in teaching, emotion, learning, and animal social behavior. He is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the Psychonomic Society, the Animal Behavior Society, the Society for Computers in Psychology, and the American Psychological Association, where he is affiliated with the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.


Outside of the classroom, he enjoys family activities, playing with his grandchildren, traveling with his wife and family, taking photographs, exploring computer technology, and enjoying his music collection. He recently celebrated his 42nd wedding anniversary to his childhood sweetheart, Bernie.





Recent Publications

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Pettijohn, T. F. II, Pettijohn, T. F., & Sacco, D. F., Jr. (2005). A locus of control measure as a teaching demonstration. Psychological Reports, 97, 666.   PDF


Pettijohn, T. F. II, & Pettijohn, T. F. (2007). Required discussion web pages in psychology courses and student outcomes. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 34(4), 256-263.  PDF


Pettijohn, T. F. II, Pettijohn, T. F., & Geschke, K. S. (2009). Changes in sun tanning attitudes and behaviors of US college students from 1995 to 2005. College Student Journal, 43(1), 161-165.   PDF


Pettijohn, T. F. II, Pettijohn, T. F., & McDermott, L. A. (2009). Active learning exercises for teaching classic research on impression formation in social psychology courses. Open Education Journal, 2, 78-81.   PDF


Pettijohn, T. F. II, Pettijohn, T. F., & Gilbert, A. G. (2011). Romantic relationship status and gender differences in sun tanning attitudes and behaviors of U.S. college students. Psychology, 2(2), 71-77.    DOI 10.4236/psych.2011.22012   PDF


Pettijohn, T. F. II, Ahmed, S. F., & Pettijohn, T. F. (2012). Hunger and social motivation: Hungry people are less interested in social activities than satiated people. Current Psychology, 31, 1-5.     DOI 10.1007/s12144-012-9127-4   PDF


Pettijohn, T. F., II, LaPiene, K. E., Pettijohn, T. F., & Horting, A. L. (2012).  Relationships between Facebook Intensity, Friendship Contingent Self-Esteem, and Personality in U.S. College Students. Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, 6(1), article 2.   DOI  10.5817/CP2012-1-2   PDF


     Fogle, G. E., & Pettijohn, T. F. (2013). Stress and health habits in college students. Open Journal of Medical

Psychology, 2(2),  61-68.   doi:10.4236/ojmp.2013.22010   PDF