People » Alvin Wang


  • Dean, The Burnett Honors College (2005-2017)
  • Psi Chi President (2009-2010)
  • Psi Chi Vice-President, Southeastern Region (2000-2004)
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 2

Professor Wang joined UCF in 1986 after having earned his degree from SUNY at Stony Brook and teaching in the University of Maryland’s European Division. His research interests lie in the general experimental area of psychology. He has also conducted personality research including the areas of emotional intelligence and passionate love.

For Students

I welcome the opportunity to mentor and collaborate with all students who possess a spirit of intellectual inquiry and an interest in research. For many years, I have served as thesis chair for Honors in the Major students studying topics as diverse as emotional intelligence, attitudes toward affirmative action, and false memory reaction times.

My research currently concerns the validation of the newly published psychometric survey instrument ENJOY which assesses an individual’s level of enjoyment for particular tasks. Factor analysis revealed that enjoyment has five components: pleasure, relatedness, competence, challenge, and engagement. Future research will determine how these components interact for particular types of individuals (e.g., students and employees) and the tasks that define their roles.

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