Brief bio

Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani is the University Teaching Fellow in Open Studies and a Psychology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, BC, where he conducts research in open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning. A recipient of the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award from the University of British Columbia and the Dean of Arts Teaching Excellence award at KPU, Dr. Jhangiani serves as the Senior Open Education Advocacy and Research Fellow with BCcampus, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning and Teaching, and a faculty workshop facilitator with the Open Textbook Network. Dr. Jhangiani has revised two open textbooks—for Research Methods and Social Psychology—and advocates for the adoption of open educational and science practices. His books include A Compendium of Scales for Use in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2015) and Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science (2017, Ubiquity Press).

The longer story

I began my undergraduate studies at the University of Bombay in India before moving halfway around the world to complete my Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of British Columbia. There I began working with Peter Suedfeld and Michael Chandler, both of whom went on to be my graduate advisors.

As a graduate student at UBC, my research focused principally on topics within political psychology, including integrative complexity analyses of conflicts, strategic alliances, genocide, ethno-political violence, and terrorism. My research was supported by graduate fellowships from the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. Some of this work was recognized with the Canadian Psychological Association’s Certificate of Academic Excellence and the International Society of Political Psychology’s Roberta Sigel Award.

I began my teaching career as a sessional instructor at Kwantlen (then University College, now Polytechnic University), where I am now a faculty member within the Department of Psychology. I teach a variety of courses, including Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Cognition, Research Methods, Statistics for Psychology, and the Psychology of Genocide. My teaching was recognized with the Dean of Arts Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. As the Director of the Laboratory for Innovative Pedagogy at KPU, I conduct research on open education and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Since 2013 I have also served as an Open Learning Faculty Member at Thompson Rivers University, where I teach a course on the Psychology of Human Resilience. Over the years I have also taught at Capilano University and UBC, where, in 2013, my teaching was recognized with the Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award.

I am a Senior Open Education Research & Advocacy Fellow with BCcampus, an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, a Faculty Workshop Facilitator with the Open Textbook Network, an Associate Editor of Psychology Learning & Teaching, the Director of Research, Resources, and Special Initiatives on the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s Early Career Psychologists Committee, and a member of the APS Teaching Fund Committee. I formerly served as a Faculty Fellow with the BC Open Textbook Project (2014-15) and as the Associate Editor of NOBA Psychology (2015-16).

In recent years I have become an outspoken advocate for the adoption of open educational practices. I now routinely present to and facilitate workshops with faculty, staff, and administrators at post-secondary institutions across Canada and the United States.