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Psychology Graduate Earns His Ph.D. While Running a Business

Jack Wardale – a native of Norwich, England – is juggling multiple roles in his post-Seton Hill American life.

Wardale is using his psychology degree to help undergraduate students at Virginia Tech University’s Introduction to Psychology class. He makes himself available through office hours and by making lecture notes accessible to students. Wardale is also conducting research at Virginia Tech’s Center for Applied Behavioral Systems (CABS), about how businesses can motivate employee behavior.

"I have always been extremely intrigued by understanding why people do what they do.”

And then, there are Wardale’s outside roles: serving as a professional videographer and operating his business called Impower Clothing, which offers buyers the opportunity to give back to a charity of their choice through their purchases. In addition, Wardale – who earned his MBA at Seton Hill in 2019 – is working to complete his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology at Virginia Tech, under Dr. E. Scott Geller.

“I have always wanted to help people, and ... I believe that this line of work could have the potential to help thousands of employees at large corporations,” Wardale says. “I initially wanted to be a medical doctor, but I soon realized that my strengths were of a different nature. I have always been extremely intrigued by understanding why people do what they do.”

Seton Hill’s young alumni are making their mark on the world through their work in science and healthcare, finance and business, industry, entertainment and service to those in need. The Fall/Winter 2019 edition of Seton Hill’s Forward magazine featured 30 of these alumni, all under the age of 30. You can find all of their stories here on Seton Hill’s site (just look for the “30 Under 30” icon).