Central Penn College - Jack Babinchak

Central Penn College

 

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Dr. Jack Babinchak
Dean, School of Business

Academic Bio

Dissertation title: The Impact of an Intervention on the Psychological Capital Levels of Career College Learners – A Quasi-Experimental Study; Committee Approval March 2012

Conferences/Presentations

  • Babinchak, J.A. Positive psychological developmental techniques for the classroom and areas of future research. Presented at the 2012 Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence Conference in Kansas City, Mo. 
  • Babinchak, J.A. The effects of the T.P.I curriculum on the psychological capital levels of career college learners. Presented at the 2011 Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence Conference in Pittsburg, PA.
  • Babinchak, J.A. The relationship between transformational leadership and psychological capital. Presented at the Delta Education Leadership Conference in Virginia Beach, VA. 
  • Babinchak, J.A. Positive organizations and change. Presented at the 2010 Pacific Institute Investment in Excellence Conference in Nashville, TN.

Working Papers

  • Babinchak, J.A. & Vickless, M. The mediating effect of writing self-efficacy on goal orientation and task achievement.
  • Babinchak, J.A. & Flor, R. (2015). The impact of a career development intervention on the psychological capital levels of first-term, Career College learners. 
  • Babinchak, J.A. & Francis, L. The LASSI as a measure of Career College student success.
  • Babinchak, J.A. & Vickless, M. Re-Imagining college success.

Personal Bio

When I am not running my kids (Grace 14; Jacob 10) to their activities, I enjoy all types of sports (except hockey) and playing guitar in a band.

Teaching Philosophy

As an instructor of business and business-related courses since 2005, my aim is to motivate students to begin a personal journey toward life-long learning and empowerment. My philosophy regarding teaching comes from years in the classroom, and is ever evolving based on best practices and learning research. I strongly believe that learning should be fun, free from stress and anxiety. When we feel threatened, we shut down and retreat or disengage. On the other hand, when we are relaxed and experiencing positive emotions, we remain engaged and invested. The classroom should be a place where students feel comfortable, experience positive emotions, and scaffold learning over a period of time. My job as a facilitator is to create a collegial environment where everyone feels safe to participate and express ideas. In such an environment, intellectual exploration and critical thinking is rewarded; every participant’s insight and experiences are valued. This creates a dynamic learning environment where we all learn from each other.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Organizations and Management/Concentration in Organizational Psychology - Capella University '12
  • Master of Business Administration - Bloomsburg University '00
  • Master of Business Education - in Progress
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Bloomsburg University '91

Courses & Subjects

  • Organizational Psychology (Graduate level)
  • Research Methodology (Graduate level)
  • Dimensions of Leadership (Graduate level)
  • Capstone (Graduate level)
  • Employment Law for Managers (Graduate level)
  • Finance (Undergraduate)
  • Business Statistics (Undergraduate)

Certifications

  • Process Improvement Certificate - Penn State '06
  • Leadership Development - Delta Education '08
  • ISO 9001 Auditor Certification - NEPA '07
  • ISO Lean Manufacturing Certificate - NEPA '08