Monday, October 1, 2012

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Mitchell Metzger

Dr. Mitchell Metzger has been the chair of the Psychology Department since 2007 and the 2012-2013 academic year will mark his tenth year at Ashland University.  Prior to coming to AU he was an Assistant Professor for seven years at Penn State, Shenango, one of the campuses in the Commonwealth College of the Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Metzger teaches General Psychology I and II, Research Methods in Psychology, Advanced Research in Psychology, Theories and Principles of Learning, Cognitive Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and Neuropsychology. 

Dr. Metzger's graduate training was in biopsychology, where he studied animal models of memory and memory modulation.  Over the past ten years he has researched memory mechanisms in humans, and has recently been interested in forgetting processes -- specifically, directed forgetting.  He has published articles in such journals as Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, Physiology & Behavior, Psychobiology, Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the Journal of General Psychology.  Dr. Metzger has published 20 peer-reviewed articles, has 30 presentations of his research at regional and national conferences, and has supervised 29 student conference presentations.

Dr. Metzger has won awards for his teaching (Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Award [2011], the Ashland University Outstanding Male Faculty Award [2010], and the Leonard Riforgioto Teacher of the Year Award [2000]), research (Graduate Student Research Award [1994]), and mentoring of students (Ashland University Mentor Award [ 2006 & 2010]).

Dr. Metzger's office is in 121 Schar College of Education, and he can be reached at