Professor Robert Maleske emphasizes a humanistic approach to facilitating student learning, as expressed in his mantra: "Inspire rather than require." His research interests include idiographic versus nomothetic perspectives as they affect strategies for creating and implementing effective classroom learning environments, and classical conditioning strategies for developing music sight-reading ability. He facilitates the following courses: Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Research Statistics, Thesis Development, Senior Seminar and Interpersonal Dynamics.
His publications include three textbooks: Foundations for Gathering and Interpreting Behavioral Data; Statistics: Essentials for Students in the Social Sciences; and Research Methods: Essentials for Students in Psychology; as well as articles in The Journal of General Psychology and Learning and Motivation.
Prof. Maleske began teaching at Carthage in 1973, left in 1985 to serve as Director of Academic Computing at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and returned to Carthage as a faculty member in 1988. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from DePaul University.
"Bob Maleske has a very different teaching style: Attendance is not required, you can arrive late and/or leave early. There are students who do choose not to come to class, but those students who want to learn and are eager to grow do come and contribute intelligently. He has so much experience and knowledge, I am at awe. He has helped me see the world in different ways." — Ashley Rodencal, '10
Lentz Hall 421