Verena Bonitz

Assistant Professor of Psychology 

Education

PhD (2011), General Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
     Dissertation: “Student evaluation of teaching: Individual differences
     and bias effects”.
MS (2009), Counseling Psychology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.
     Thesis: “Experimental manipulation of vocational interests: Influence
     on self-efficacy and choice goals”.
PhD (2007), Coatings & Polymeric Materials, North Dakota State
     University, Fargo, ND.   Dissertation: “Development of
     high-throughput screening tests for the evaluation of corrosion
     protective properties of coatings”.
Dipl. Ing. (FH) (2002), Color, Coatings, Environment
     (Chemieingenieurwesen – Farbe, Lack, Umwelt), University of
     Applied Sciences, Esslingen, Germany.  Thesis: “Use of
     electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for the determination of the
     Critical Pigment Volume Concentration of organic coatings”.

Research Interests

Psychological measurement, individual differences (interests, personality, cognitive ability, etc.), student evaluation of teaching, career development.

Courses Taught

History and Systems of Psychology
Psychology of Career Development
Research Methods & Statistics (Lake Forest College)
Intro to Psychology Laboratory (Lake Forest College)
Psychological Measurement (Iowa State University)

Publications 

Larson, L.M., Pesch, K.M., Bonitz, V.S., Wu, T.-F., & Werbel, J. (2013).    Graduating with a science major: The roles of first-year science        
   interests and educational aspirations, Journal of Career Assessment,    accepted for publication.

Larson, L.M., Bonitz, V.S., & Pesch, K.M. (2013). Assessing    
   key vocational constructs.  In W.B. Walsh, M.L. Savickas, & P. Hartung    (Eds), Handbook of vocational psychology: Theory, research, and
   Practice
(4th ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Larson, L.M., Stephen, A., Bonitz, V.S., & Wu, T.-F. (2013). Predicting
   science achievement in India: Role of gender, self-efficacy, interests,
   and effort, Journal of Career Assessment, in press.

Larson, L.M., Bonitz, V.S., Werbel, J.D., Wu, T.-F., & Mills, L. (2012).
   Distinguishing premed students from their science peers: The
   salience of proximal variables in a highly selective occupation, Journal
   of Career Assessment
, 20(2), 208-220.

Bonitz, V.S., Armstrong, P.I., & Larson, L.M. (2010).  
   Geschlechterunterschiede im Abschneiden beim Studentenpisa-Test
   – die Folge geschlechterspezifischer Berufsinteressen? [Gender
   differences in performance on the Studentenpisa test – the result of
   gender-specific vocational interests?]. In M. Verbeet, & S. Trepte
   (Eds.), Allgemeinbildung in Deutschland – Erkenntnisse aus dem
   SPIEGEL-Studentenpisa-Test
[General education in Germany –
   Findings from the SPIEGEL-Studentenpisa-Test
]. Wiesbaden: VS
   Verlag, pp. 273-287.

Bonitz, V.S., Armstrong, P.I., & Larson, L.M. (2010). RIASEC interest
   and confidence cutoff scores: Implications for career counseling.
   Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76, 265-276.

Larson, L.M., Wu, T.-F., Bailey, D.C., Gasser, C.E., Bonitz, V.S., &
   Borgen, F.H. (2010). The role of personality in the selection of
   a major: With and without vocational self-efficacy and interests.
   Journal of Vocational Behavior, 76,211-222.

Bonitz, V.S., Larson, L.M., & Armstrong, P.I. (2010). Interests, self-
   efficacy, and  choice goals: An experimental manipulation. Journal of
   Vocational Behavior, 76
, 223-233.

Hinderliter, B., Bonitz, V. S., Allahar, K., & Croll, S. G. (2009).
   Comparing transport properties of coatings using high throughput
   methods. In J. W. Martin, R. A. Ryntz, J. Chin & R. Dickie (Eds.),
   Service life prediction of polymeric materials (pp. 405-411). New York:    Springer.

Bonitz, V.S., & Gordon, R.D.(2008). Attention to smoking-related and
   incongruous objects during scene viewing. Acta Psychologica, 129,
   255-263.

Bonitz, V.S. (2008). Use of physical touch in the “talking cure“ – A
   journey to the outskirts of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy: Theory,
   Research, Practice, Training,45
(3), 391-404.

Bonitz, V.S., Mills, L.R., & Larson, L.M. (2008). Is the glass half empty
   or half full for    women in the sciences? Context interpretations versus
   biological interpretations (Book review). Psychology of Women
   Quarterly, 32,
344-346.

He, J., Bahr, J., Chisholm, B.J., Li, J., Chen, Z., Balbyshev, S.N., Bonitz,
   V.S.
, & Bierwagen, G.P. (2008). Combinatorial materials research
   applied to the development of new surface coatings X: A high-
   throughput electrochemical impedance spectroscopy method for
   screening organic coatings for corrosion inhibition. Journal of
   Combinatorial Chemistry, 10
(5), 704-713.

Chisholm, B.J., Berry, M., Bahr, J., He, J., Li, J., Bonitz, V.S., &
   Bierwagen, G.P. (2007). The development of a combinatorial/high-
   throughput workflow for hybrid organic-inorganic coating research.
   Polymer Preprints, 48(1), 155-156.

Lobnig, R.E., Bonitz, V.S., Goll, K., Single, M., Villalba, W., Vogelsang,
   J., Winkels, I., Schmidt, R., & Zanger, P. (2007). Development of a
   new experimental method to determine critical pigment-volume-
   concentrations using impedance spectroscopy: Part II: Solvent based
   coatings with components typical for commercial organic anticorrosion
   coatings or with nanoparticles. Progress in Organic Coatings, 60,
   1-10.

Lobnig, R.E., Bonitz, V.S., Goll, K., Villalba, W., Schmidt, R., Zanger, P.,
   Vogelsang, J. & Winkels, I. (2007). Development of a new
   experimental method to determine critical pigment-volume-
   concentrations using impedance spectroscopy. Part III: Water-based
   coatings with components typical for commercial organic anticorrosion
   coatings. Progress in Organic Coatings, 60, 77-89.

Bonitz, V.S., Hinderliter, B.R., & Bierwagen, G.P. (2006). Commercial
   polymer films as calibration standards for EIS measurements.
   Electrochimica Acta, 51, 3558-3565.

Conference Presentations

Bonitz, V.S. & Hinderliter, B.R. (2013, September). Use of well-defined
   polyvinylfluoride films for the quantification of error sources in
   Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) data.
Paper
   presented at the 246th National Meeting of the American Chemical
   Society, Indianapolis, IN (invited presentation).

Pesch, K.M., Larson, L.M., Bonitz, V.S., & Wu, T.-F. (2012, August).
   Predicting science major completion: The role of educational
   aspiration
. Poster presented at the American Psychological  
   Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Bonitz, V.S. (2011, October). Bias in student evaluation of teaching:
   The role of student individual differences
. Paper presented at the
   Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of
   Teaching & Learning, Milwaukee, WI.

Bonitz, V. S., Armstrong, P. I., & Larson, L. M. (2010, August). Interests
   and general knowledge: Insights from cross-cultural research.
Poster
   presented at the American Psychological Association Annual
   Convention, San Diego, CA.

Bonitz, V. S., Armstrong, P. I., & Larson, L. M. (2009, August). RIASEC
   interest and confidence cutoff scores: Implications for career
   counseling.
Poster presented at the American Psychological
   Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Bonitz, V.S., & Prieto, L.R. (2008, October). Teaching research
   methods and statistics in psychology
. Roundtable presented at the
   Great Plains Conference on the Teaching of Psychology, Vermillion,
   SD.

Bonitz, V.S., Larson, L.M., Wu, T.-F., Bailey, D.C., & Borgen, F.H.
   (2008, August). Discriminating among educational majors in
   undergraduates: The contribution of personality
. Poster presented at
   the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Boston,
   MA.

Chisholm, B.J., Berry, M., Bahr, J., He, J., Li, J., Bonitz, V.S., &
   Bierwagen, G.P. (2007, March). The development of a
   combinatorial/high-throughput workflow for hybrid organic-inorganic
   coating research.
Paper presented at the 233rd American Chemical
   Society National Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Bonitz, V.S., Hinderliter, B.R., Allahar, K., Bierwagen, G.P.,  & Croll,
   S.G. (2006, December). 
   Comparing transport properties of coatings using high-throughput  
   methods. In Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on
   Service Life Prediction: Global  Perspectives,
Key Largo, FL.

Bonitz, V.S., & Bierwagen. G.P. (2005, September). Development of a
   novel high-throughput screening method for the assessment of
   corrosion protective properties of coatings.
Paper presented at the
   European Corrosion Congress, Lisbon, Portugal.

Bonitz, V.S., & Bierwagen, G.P. (2005, April). SpeedEIS – Development
   of a novel high-throughput screening method for the assessment of
   corrosion protective properties of coatings
. Poster presented at the
   Conference of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers
   (NACE), Houston, TX.

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association (APA)
Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2)

Awards

Graduate Research Excellence Award, Iowa State University (2011)
Graduate Teaching Excellence Award, Iowa State University (2009)
Miller Graduate Fellowship, Iowa State University (2007-2011)
American Psychological Association Student Travel Award (2008)
National Association of Corrosion Engineers Travel Award (2004)
Award of the City of Esslingen for an Outstanding Thesis (2002)