Paul Gondek is a visiting research professor in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Adjunct Teaching Professor in the Dornsife Office of Experiential Learning of LeBow College of Business at Drexel University. In the chemistry department Paul is a member of the team that is developing the Graduate Minor in Creative Interdisciplinary Research, including the two courses “Creative Interdisciplinary Team Research: Principles and Practice” (offered Winter 2017-2018 as GRAD T-580), and “Enhancing the Creativity of a Major Research Idea.” At LeBow Paul teaches courses in consulting process and practice at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Paul is also a Mentor in the Global Engagement Scholars program from the Office of International Programs.
Paul is a Drexel alumnus who earned a BS in Psychology/Sociology/Anthropology from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (now part of CoAS) in 1974. He earned MA and PhD degrees in social psychology from the University of Connecticut, and an MS in statistics also from UConn, all by 1979. His psychology research was in the area of experimental social psychophysiology. He did post-doctoral work at Western Psychiatric Institute of the University of Pittsburgh where he was the analytic member of a team studying the effects of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident on the mental health of residents of the area, one of the first applications of post-traumatic stress disorder thinking to a non-conflict situation.
Following his post-doctoral work, Paul entered industry where he held positions of increasing responsibility in market research, marketing and new product development in several major corporations before founding his own consulting company. Paul spent more than 20 years in consulting, working for his own company and major global consulting companies, before beginning to teach at Drexel.
Paul lives in Philadelphia and serves on the boards of organizations including: the Drexel University Alumni Association (Marketing, Honors and Awards, and Affinity Groups committees), the Drexel Alumni Swim and Dive committee, and the the Christian Street Branch of the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA (Chair of the Annual Support Campaign and of Major Gifts, and member of the New Building committee).