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Sara Farrell
Associate Professor of Psychology

B.A. Psychology, University of Iowa
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Minnesota State University
Ph.D, Social and Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Northern Illinois University

What research or projects are you currently working on with Coe students?
My research centers on co-worker reactions to employees who exhibit non-required, helpful behaviors in the workplace. In the past, I have focused on how the motives underlying an employee's organizational citizenship behavior impact co-worker fairness perceptions of rewards for such behavior. More recently, my students and I have been investigating co-worker responses to employee pro-social rule breaking behaviors.

I enjoy working with students on research projects that have clear applications in everyday life. It is most satisfying when students are highly engaged and especially when they risk offering challenges to our hypotheses or research designs.

What do you do outside of class?
Outside of class, I enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors. I have had a blast hostelling across Ireland and several other European countries - and can't wait for the next trip! Road tripping within the U.S. can be pretty exciting, too, especially when it's to a region that's new to me. During the summer, I enjoy hiking, camping, and gardening. My newest outdoor hobby is biking.

What is your favorite Coe tradition?
My favorite Coe tradition is the walk that the students take as they begin their journey at Coe and again at graduation. During orientation week, students pass by the faculty on their way into the commencement ceremony. Our applause is our way of welcoming to the new students to our campus. Years later, as the students walk to their seats at graduation, they again pass by the faculty. This time our applause represents our recognition of their hard work and congratulations on this important accomplishment. I love to see the excitement and pride on the faces both of the students and of the other faculty during each of these events.