Meet MSUM’s new assistant professor in psychology, Chad Duncan. With a widely diverse background, he is excited to work with students throughout the psychology department!

Start date: August 26, 2019 

Q: What drew you to MSUM?
A: I was hoping to get back up North because my family is up here. When I came to MSUM, it was the feeling and the vibe that I got during my interview. Everyone holds themselves to a high standard here, but they do it very supportively, not competitively. You can tell the students and faculty want to be here, and they want to learn from each other. I feel very welcomed.

Q: What is one thing that surprised you about MSUM?
A: I am continually impressed with the quality at MSUM. The quality of the students and faculty and how they push each other and hold each other up. I saw it when I came here, and as I move along, it’s not superficial. Every person I’ve met has stopped and has taken the time to help me or get to know me.

Q: What is your go-to productivity trick?
A: When I am totally swamped, I will take my work and go to a clear, empty table and sit with my work, and I will set timers for myself. If I have five tasks, I will work as hard as I can on each task for 45 minutes or so. If I’m really in the weeds, I will also clean my desk. Either one works well.

Q: What energizes you at work?
A: What keeps me energized is the students. I go to class, and I go through things, and I have good interaction, they’re asking me questions, and I can see them learning. That really fires me up.

Q: What is something – big or small – you’re good at?
A: I am a color scientist, so I love color, and I’m obsessed with it. I happen to be good at color coordinating and fashion stuff. My wife and everyone in my family come to me to see what matches and what looks good.

Welcome to the #DragonFamily, Dr. Duncan. We are happy you are here!