Jim Zapf, Ph.D.
Chair, Humanities and Social Science Department
Director, Counseling Center
Department: Humanities and Social Science
Assistant Professor of Psychology/Counseling
What are the main classes you teach at Crown? General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Counseling, Social Psychology, Psychology Seminar
Degrees & Institutions you received them from: B.A. in Business Administration, B.A. in Psychology (Grace College and Theological Seminary) M.A. in Biblical Counseling (Grace Theological Seminary), Ph.D. in Psychology (Walden University)
Published works or other accolades? Attachment Styles and Male Sexual Addiction, Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity; Apr2008, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p158-175
Before Crown, what did you do?
About 20 years in private counseling practice. (I started when I was 8) :)
Following a significant car accident with my family when I was 7, 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?
Phil 1:6 I like the idea that we are always in the process of growth.
Hobbies, Interests, Affiliations?
I spend a lot of time watching my kids play soccer. With 8 children (and 1 grandchild), I keep busy keeping up with all of them. Love to go for hot wings on Tuesday nights.
What do 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!
What differentiates your program from similar offerings at other colleges?
I recently spoke with a student who transferred his General Psychology course in from another school. There were 400 students in the class. He was known as "315". I think the personal relationship with students is wonderful. Professors take the time to discuss their students’ unique interests academically, professionally, and personally.
How do 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 would your students say about taking your classes?
"Zapf’s" (they call us by our last names here) "tests are hard but he grades easy on papers."
From a career standpoint, what will students be prepared to do with a degree from your program?
While there are many jobs available to graduates of the psychology major, it is generally considered preparation for graduate school in counseling, psychology, marriage and family therapy, social work, etc.
What would you 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).