Timothy P. Tomczak

Instructor of Psychology




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Tim Tomczak received his B.A. in 1985 from Mercyhurst College (Erie, PA) and his M.A. in1989 from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

He is Professor of Psychology at Genesee Community College (Batavia, NY), where he has taught since 1987.  He was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity in 2007.

He is also a Lecturer in Psychology Department at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1989.  In 2010, he received SUNY Geneseo’s Joseph M. O’Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching.
His research interests are learning theory, transfer of learning, and the philosophy of science. At Eastman he teaches General Psychology and Educational Psychology.

His publications include testing and instructor’s materials for McGraw-Hill and Prentice-Hall. He also served as a reviewer for several introductory, abnormal and social psychology textbooks.

Most recently, he authored the Companion Website and PowerPoints for Psychology for Living: Adjustment, Growth, and Behavior Today, 9th ed., by K. Duffy & E. Atwater (Pearson/Prentice Hall), a portion of chapter 2 of this text, entitled, “Developmental challenges in childhood.”

He has done presentations on teaching and instructional partnerships at regional and national conferences including the Annual NISOD International Conference on Teaching & Leadership Excellence in Austin, TX, the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, and Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg, FL.

Tim Tomczak is an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association and a member of the Council of Undergraduate Teachers of Psychology.




An introduction to the methods, aims, and achievements of psychology as an academic discipline. Clinical and experimental approaches, as well as the range of psychological sub disciplines, from cognition and perception to abnormal psychology and personality theory are considered.


This course will focus on theories of child development, learning, and motivation, building on concepts introduced in the general psychology course. Students will explore a variety of theories and apply them to educations situations to achieve a deeper understanding of how children develop as learners. The course will center on a range of concepts, both cognitive and social, and on ways students might use these to become more insightful, sensitive, and skilled as educators.