Nicholas S. Holtzman, Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Institution: Georgia Southern University
Department: Psychology
Email: nick.holtzman@gmail.com
Curriculum Vita: Holtzman_CV

Brief Autobiography. I attended Loyola University New Orleans for my undergraduate degree, and then I attended Washington University in St. Louis for my Ph.D. in psychology, where my studies focused on the sub-field of social/personality psychology under the research supervision of Prof. Michael Strube. I have had some terrific mentors, and my mentor tree is displayed here. In Fall 2013, I accepted a tenure-track position in psychology at Georgia Southern University (on the main campus, in Statesboro, GA), where I am a tenured Associate Professor now. My partner and I live just outside Savannah, Georgia.

Teaching. I frequently teach a variety of content courses (e.g., personality psychology, social psychology) and technical courses (e.g., research and analysis, research design). The research design course is a graduate level class. I weave a variety of quantitative methods and meta-science topics in my courses, given the direction of the field. I love teaching and mentoring the next generation—it gives me continued hope.

Research. My research program is focused on traits linked to social problems and morality, such as narcissism and selfishness. I am fascinated by (a) where these traits come from and by (b) the cues that help assess these traits in everyday life—such as personal appearance cues and linguistic cues. I use a variety of methods to understand these phenomena. I frequently collaborate with Prof. Matthias R. Mehl (University of Arizona) and Prof. M. Brent Donnellan (Michigan State University). Feel free to download our papers here¬†or visit my Google Scholar Profile here.

Service. As I have progressed through my career, I have taken on numerous service projects and leadership roles. I am involved in diversity initiatives at both the departmental level and university level (particularly as a member of Faculty Senate from 2019-2022). I have also helped shape our undergraduate programs, led by Prof. Karen Naufel. Additionally, I serve on the editorial boards for two peer reviewed journals: Journal of Personality as well as Journal of Language and Social Psychology.

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