Adjunct Teaching Professor (Psychology), Visiting Research Professor (Chemistry)
Paul Gondek is an adjunct teaching professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences. He was previously visiting research professor in the Department of Chemistry, and taught consulting courses in LeBow College of Business. He has also conducted projects with the Drexel Solutions Institute. He was co-PI on the NSF grant, “Creative Disciplinary Research in Graduate Education” in which he served as the team dynamics expert. Dr. Gondek has a prior affiliation with Drexel, as he was an undergraduate from 1970 to 1974, graduating with a BS in Psych/Soc/Anthro.
Prior to coming to Drexel as adjunct faculty, Dr. Gondek had a 35-year career in business. During those years he worked in market research, marketing, and new product development on a global scale. For 12 of those years he worked in manufacturing businesses; for 15 he was owner of the boutique consulting firm, Gondek & Associates; for the remaining years he held senior positions in companies that consulted to the lifesciences industries. His areas of expertise included consumer foods and other consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical diagnostics, and more. He has conducted business research and consulting in many countries on four continents.
Professor Paul’s teaching and scholarly interests are in all areas of Social Psychology, especially group and team dynamics, caregiver relationships, and the social psychology of social issues. His teaching focuses on the everyday impact of the social environment on the individual; whether that environment be small (family, roommates, close friends) or large (cultures, racial/ethnic groups, patient groups). He works to enable students to understand social psychology not only as an academic subject, but as describing the sea of social interaction in which we swim, and the techniques for successfully navigating that sea. Dr. Gondek also pursues this work as a Liberty Scholar Mentor.
Finally, Dr. Gondek is an active member of the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors, of which he is an Emeritus Member.