Research


Current Projects

I am currently working on two lines of research. The first involves the study of transformative experiences, which are learning experiences that are actively used by students outside of the classroom and that change their everyday life. We are currently examining the role of transformative experiences for first-generation college students in the intro psychology classroom, as well as looking at individual difference variables that might predict the tendency to have transformative experiences.

The second line of research is an examination of several factors in the intro psych classroom that may be related to increased learning. Known as SoTL (or Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), this type of research looks at features of a class (syllabus construction, assignments, use of student response systems, etc.) and empirically demonstrates that the feature led to enhanced learning.

For the 2018-2019 year, I am working with two undergraduate students to conduct various projects related to these lines of research.

 

Publications

Pratt, I., Harwood, H., Cavazos, J.T., & Ditzfeld, C.P. (2017). Should I stay or should I go? Retention in first-generation college students. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory, and Practice (2017, Feb 5) doi: 10.1177/1521025117690868

Ditzfeld, C. P., Cavazos, J. T., & Monroe, K. B. (2016). Curmudgeon personality: Seeing the positives and just not liking them. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 92-96.

Cavazos, J. T., Campbell, N.J., & Ditzfeld, C. P. (2012). Differing emotional sensitivities in the two factors of personal need for Structure. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 49-54.

Cavazos, J.T., & Campbell, N J. (2008). Cognitive style revisited: The structure x cognition interaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 45, 498-502.

Bosson, J.K., Taylor, J. N., & Prewitt-Freilino, J.L. (2006). Gender role violations and identity misclassification: The roles of audience and actor variables. Sex Roles, 55, 13-24.

Bosson, J.K., Prewitt-Freilino, J.L., & Taylor, J.N. (2005). Role Rigidity: A problem of identity misclassification? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 552-565.

 

Paper Presentations and Talks

Cavazos, J. TopHat 2.0: Using advanced features to boost student engagement. Session presented at the annual University of Oklahoma Academic Tech Expo, Norman, Oklahoma (2019).

Invited Speaker: Engaging Students with Technology. Oklahoma Network for Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, 2018.

Cavazos, J. If you can't fight 'em, join 'em! Increasing classroom engagement using students' own devices as response tools. Session presented at the annual University of Oklahoma Academic Tech Expo, Norman, Oklahoma (2018).

Cavazos, J. & DuBois, Bob. Everyday technology for the productive professor. Session presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete, Florida (2018).

Goldman, J.A., Heddy, B.C., Pugh, K.J., Wilson, L., & Cavazos, J. Examining first-generation college students’ emotions and values in response to transformative experience. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York City, NY (2018).

Goldman, J., Wilson, L., Cavazos, J., Heddy, B.C., & Pugh, K.J. Relationship between transformative experience and academic emotions in an intro psychology course. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. (2017).

Invited Speaker: Sharing our stories: Why the best professors are also the best mentors. Oklahoma Network for the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, 2017.

Cavazos, J. Beers, M. How to survive (and thrive) when your institution picks a new LMS. Session presented at the annual meeting of the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, St. Pete, Florida (2017).

Research Talk: Self, give me strength: The rise of self-esteem following child mortality salience. Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, 2013.

Research Talk: Personal need for structure and the processing of emotional stimuli. Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, 2011.

 

Poster Presentations

Poster Presentation (Student-Led): The curmudgeon personality: Seeing the positives and just not liking them. Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, 2015.*

Poster Presentation: Crib cards in introductory psychology: The illusion of success. National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology Annual Conference, 2015.

Poster Presentation (Student-Led): Parent cultural differences in the defensive self-esteem/child mortality salience connection. Race, Ethnicity, and Place Annual Conference, 2014.

Poster Presentation (Student-Led): Parent cultural differences in the defensive self-esteem/child mortality salience connection. Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, 2014.*

Poster Presentation (Student-Led): Extending the self-esteem/child mortality salience
connection to parental status and sex. Southwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, 2014.*

Poster Presentation: Nature and nurture: The Joan/John Case. National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology National Conference, 2013.

*Student won Psi Chi Research Award

 

Media Contributions

Cavazos, J. (2018, Nov. 6). Easy Ways to Personalize Instruction for Student Success [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://tophat.com/blog/personalize-instruction-success/

Cavazos, J. (2018, Oct. 5). Classroom Management Techniques [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://tophat.com/blog/classroom-management-techniques/

Cavazos, J. (2018, July). How to Introduce a Classroom Response System [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://tophat.com/blog/classroom-response-system-tips/

Cavazos, J. (2018, May 23). The Novice Professor Blog: Using Technology to Increase Productivity [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://www.thenoviceprofessor.com/blog/using-technology-to-increase-productivity-q-a-with-jenel-cavazos

Cavazos, J., & King, L. (2018, Jan. 24). Insight into Teaching Intro Psychology: Biology Across the Curriculum [Podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.mheducation.com/highered/highered/discipline/10188/podcasts.html

Cavazos, J., Kittrell, C., & Matson, C. (2017, Nov. 7). Insight into Teaching Intro Psychology: Development [Podcast]. Retrieved from https://www.mheducation.com/highered/highered/discipline/10188/podcasts.html

Beers, M. & Cavazos, J.T. (2017, May 30). How to survive (and thrive) when your institution picks a new LMS [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://nobaproject.com/blog/2017-05-30-how-to-survive-and-thrive-when-your-institution-picks-a-new-lms

Cavazos, J., & King, L. (2017, March 15). Insight into Teaching Intro Psychology: Personality [Podcast]. Retrieved from https://soundcloud.com/mcgraw-hill-education/episode-i-insight-into-personality-psychology?in=mcgraw-hill-education/sets/insight-into-teaching-intro