I am new to the Psychology Department, but not new to academia. My doctoral work (in the 1970s) was in physiological psychology, but in 1981 I began a career in management in a college of business administration. I spent twenty-five years in business, as a professor of management. However, from 1990 until 2013 I was a college administrator. I was an associate dean, interim dean and associate vice president for academic affairs at a private university in Illinois. Then in 2006 I came to UCF as associate vice president for academic affairs then as associate vice president for strategic planning. In 2013 I made the decision to resume my long ago career in psychology, capitalizing on my years in management then as an administrator to become research professor of psychology in the Psychology Department at UCF. I am in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.
I have a research interest in collectivism, individualism and work commitment, especially in the former Soviet Union. I have worked for over twenty years in Russia, helping in the development of higher education programs in business and also teaching business principles to Russian business executives. Now that I am in the Psychology Department, I am pursuing research on personality factors and organizational commitment in Russia. My interest is the interaction of personality and culture, and how those factors shape behavior at work. I have a special interest in collectivism and authoritarianism and how they are shaped by culture and history.
Balykov, N. and Modianos, D. (Forthcoming). Media Usage Pattern and Trust in Media Among Young People in a Large Russian City. In Zemlianskiy and St.Amant (Eds.), Rethinking Post-Communist Rhetoric: Perspectives on Rhetoric, Communication and Writing in the Post-Soviet Space and the Eastern Bloc.
Kourova, A. and Modianos, D. (2013). Inter-cultural Awareness and its Role in Enriching Students’ Communicative Competence. The International HETL Review. Special Issue 2013.
Kourova, A. and Modianos, D. (2013). The Role of Intercultural Competence in Teaching Russian as a Foreign Language. American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages.
Balykov, N. and Modianos, D. (2013). Investigation of Media Trust Among Young Adults 17 – 25. The Seventh International Conference on Current Problems of Modern Social-Economic Development. International Market Institute, Samara Russia.
Modianos, D. (2011). The Cold War Study of Each Other Through the Lens of Films. Russian/Soviet Studies in the United States, American Studies in Russia: Mutual Representations, Moscow State University for the Humanities. Moscow, Russia.
Modianos, D. (May 2010). Trends in Financing, Demand, and Delivery of Higher Education in the US. Fourth International Conference on Regional Economic Development. International Market Institute, Samara Russia.