Associate Professor of Psychology
- PhD, Social Psychology, University of Maine, 2003
- BA, Psychology, St. Vincent College, 1998
Experience and Background
Dr. Cylke completed her undergraduate studies at St. Vincent College, located in Latrobe, Pa. She went on to pursue her doctorate at the University of Maine, Orono. Her primary focus of study was the association between stereotyping, prejudice, and behavior. More specifically, she was interested in ethnic and gender stereotyping as it relates to language use and sentence construction. Prior to joining the Psychology faculty at Lynchburg College, she was a visiting assistant professor at Sweet Briar College.
- American Psychological Society (APA)
- Society for Personality and Social Psychology (Div. 8 of APA)
- Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (Div. 9 of APA)
- Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)
- Virginia Psychological Association (VPA)
Teaching and Research Interests
- Social Psychology
- Psychology of Sex and Gender
- Psychology of Prejudice
- Psychology of Law
- Research Methods in Psychology
Teaching is Dr. Cylke’s passion. Creating an interactive and stimulating learning environment often consumes her life both inside and outside of the classroom. Much of her current research is devoted to best practices in college education. She enjoys presenting at interdisciplinary conferences where innovative classroom techniques are brought to life.
Along with her passion for pedagogy, she is actively involved in research related to prejudice and discrimination. Her current research program focuses on intergroup race relations, non-traditional sexuality, and social perception. Students find the subject matter engaging and together they develop experimental projects to explore the issues.
Selected Publications and Conference Presentations
- Cylke, V. and Beckner, S. (May, 2012). Sabbatical Metamorphosis: How One Research Hungry Caterpillar Turned Into A Teaching-Focused Butterfly. Presented at Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Bethesda, Md.
- Cylke, V. and Beckner, S. (February, 2010). Creating Pop-Culture: Designing A Semester Long Magazine Project. Presented at Lilly Conference on College Teaching, Greensboro, N.C.
- Cylke, V. (December, 2010). With Privilege Comes Power, With Power Comes Responsibility, Recruiting and Retaining Minority Students. Presented at the Virginia Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Wintergreen, Va.
- Cylke, V. (December, 2010). Who Are The People In Your Neighborhood? Recruiting and Retaining GLBTQ Students. Presented at the Virginia Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers, Wintergreen, Va.
- Cylke, V. (February 2008). Framing Social Issues: The Psychological Effects of Privilege and Discrimination. Presentation at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Conference in New Mexico.
- Smith, L., Best, L., Cylke, V., and Stubbs, A. (2000). Psychology without p values: Data analysis at the turn of the century. American Psychologist, 55(2), 260-263.