Jim Zapf, Ph.D.
Department Chair/Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling/Director of Counseling Center
Department: Humanities & Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Grace College and Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Grace College and Theological Seminary
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling, Grace Theology Seminary
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, Walden University
General Psychology; Abnormal Psychology; Counseling Psychology; Marriage and Family Counseling; Social Psychology; Psychology Seminar
How Your Program Is Unique Here:
I recently spoke with a student who transferred his general psychology course in from another school. There had been 400 students in his class. He was known as “315”. I think the personal relationship built with students here at Crown is one of our best distinctives. Professors take the time to discuss their students’ interests academically, professionally and personally.
From A Career Standpoint, What Students Will Be Prepared To Do With A Degree From Your Program:
There are many jobs available to graduates of the psychology major. In one sense, this degree may be considered a “generalist” degree and makes for a well-rounded, analytical, and ethically-strong member of the workforce. For many students, the major considered preparation for graduate school in counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, etc. Many of our students have gone on to Master’s and Doctorate programs in related fields.
Following a significant car accident with my family when I was seven years old, each person in the family began the process of conversion and the rest of my years as a child were in a Christ-centered home.
Favorite Bible Verse and Why:
Philippians 1:6. I like the idea that we are always in the process of growth.
I have more than 20 years experience in private counseling practice – I started when I was eight!
What You Enjoy Most About Teaching at Crown:
Most students are curious and interested. They are also thinking critically and ask hard questions to keep me on my toes.
How You Define “Academic Excellence”:
Thinking critically. Synthesizing research from multiple perspectives into a coherent theme. Challenging oneself to go beyond regurgitating information to applying the knowledge in some personal way.
What Students Say About Your Classes:
“Zapf’s tests are hard, but he grades easy on papers.”
What You Would Say to Parents of Prospective Students About Having Their Son/Daughter at Crown:
Who do you want influencing your kids? (The college years are crucial in terms of personal, social and academic trajectory).
“Attachment Styles and Male Sexual Addiction.” Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. 15.2 (2008): 158-75. Print.