Wendi Benson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of pSYCHOLOGY

Wendi BensonPh.D. Experimental (Industrial/Organizational) Psychology, Washington State University
B.A. Psychology, Ohio University

Location: LAS Building, Office 258
Phone: (702) 992-2683
Email: Wendi.Benson@nsc.edu

 

Dr. Benson joined NSC in 2013 from Washington State University, where she worked on several research projects examining job, health, and psychological outcomes of workplace aggression, job insecurity, and organizational climate. Dr. Benson has a passion for showing students the power of the scientific method through hands-on experience. Her commitment to providing unique real-world learning opportunities for NSC students won her the 2015 campus-wide Teaching Excellence Award.

In her spare time, Dr. Benson loves spending time with her family, discovering odd music, RPGs, and playing table top games that involve dice.

courses taught
  • ECON 261 Principles of Statistics I
  • MGT 367 Human Resource Management
  • PSY 210 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • PSY 375 Advanced Research Methods
  • PSY 450 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Papers, Presentations, and projects

Book Chapters

  • Probst, T.M., Jiang, L., & Benson, W. L. (2014). Job insecurity and anticipated job loss: A primer and exploration of possible interventions. In U. Klehe & E. van Hooft (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Job Loss and Job Search. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Published Manuscripts

  •  Jiang, L., Probst, T. M., & Benson, W. L. (2015). Organizational context and employee reactions to psychological contract breach: A multilevel test of competing theories. Economic and Industrial Democracy. Available at http://eid.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/04/08/0143831X15579288.abstract
  • Jiang, L., Probst, T. M., & Benson, W. L. (2014). Why me? The frog-pond effect, relative deprivation and individual outcomes in the face of budget cuts. Work & Stress, 28, 387-403.
  • Graso, M., Jiang, L., Probst, T. M., & Benson, W. L. (2014). Cross-level effects of procedural justice perceptions on faculty trust. Journal of Trust Research, 4, 147-166.

Technical Reports

  • Benson, W. L., Naumann, L. N., Marshall, S. M., Yao, R., Jenkins, M., Meyerowitz, K., & Mabbit, M. (2017). 2016 NSC Student Life Survey Feedback Report: An examination of student experiences and academic outcomes. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a survey study examining NSC students’ retention, performance, self-efficacy, sense of belonging, engagement in campus activities, use of student support services, quality/quantity of interactions with faculty, and group-based differences in attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors.
  • Benson, W. L., (2017). Understanding Differences in Girls on the Run Participants’ Screen Time, Physical Activity, Personality, elf-Perceptions, and Behaviors Before and After Completion of the Program. Technical report detailing findings from the 2017 pre- and post-participation surveys completed by Girls on the Run Las Vegas participants.
  • Benson, W. L. & Shi, Q. (2016). Feedback Report: 2016 Nevada State College Organizational Climate Survey. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a survey study examining NSC faculty and staff attitudes and perceptions about diversity climate, workgroup relations, work stress, supervisor support, and fairness of procedures and decision making. Available at http://nsc.edu/community-engagement-diversity-initiatives/organizational-climate-survey.aspx
  • Benson, W. L. & Fernandez, E. (2015). Feedback Report: 2015 Nevada State College Organizational Climate Survey. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a survey study examining NSC faculty and staff attitudes and perceptions about diversity climate, workgroup relations, work stress, supervisor support, and fairness of procedures and decision making. Available at http://nsc.edu/community-engagement-diversity-initiatives/organizational-climate-survey.aspx
  • Benson, W. L. (2014). Feedback Report for the 2013-14 Nevada State College Business Students Survey. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a survey study assessing student attitudes and perceptions about the Nevada State College Business Administration program, preferences for class formats and schedules, and interest in potential opportunities for business students.
  • Wadzita, M. & Benson, W. L. (2012). Feedback Report for the 2012 WSU Vancouver Campus Smoking Survey. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a study assessing student attitudes and perceptions regarding smoking behaviors and smoking policy on the WSU Vancouver campus.
  • Probst, T. P., Benson, W. L., & Jiang, L. (2012). Feedback Report on the Results of the 2012 TriMet Workplace Environment Survey.  Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a study assessing competing organizational climates and supervisor safety values and enforcement as predictors of safety related behaviors and incidents.
  • Probst, T. P., Benson, W. L., Graso, M., Jiang, L., Olson, K. J. (2011). Effects of Budget Cuts on Faculty, Staff, and Administrative Professionals: A Feedback Report to WSU. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a study assessing predictors and outcomes of university budget cuts on university faculty and staff. Available at: http://tinyurl.com/8gp65kl
  • Estrada, A. X. & Benson, W. L. (2010). Results of the 2010 Campus Experiences Study. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a study assessing university diversity climate and academic outcomes for students on the Washington State University Vancouver campus.
  • Estrada, A. X., Benson, W. L., & Olson, K. J. (2010). Results of the Washington State Bar Association Work Experiences Study. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a study assessing the impact of discrimination, harassment, and job stress on job satisfaction, commitment, and turnover intentions among female lawyers in Washington State.
  • Benson, W. L., Estrada, A. Z., & Olson, K. J. (2009). TMG Engagement Survey Feedback Report. Technical report on the background, methodology, and findings of a study assessing employee engagement and perceptions of organizational communication, rewards and recognition, training, and employee benefits for a local property management company.

Dissertation

  • Benson, W. L. (2013). Workplace Psychological Aggression: Resolving the Battle of Competing Constructs. Dissertation, Washington State University Vancouver

Master’s Thesis

  • Benson, W. L. (2010). The Relative Impact of Sexual and Nonsexual Forms of Workplace Aggression on Psychological, Health, and Job Outcomes of Reserve Military Personnel. Master’s Thesis, Washington State University Vancouver.

Reviews

  • Estrada, A. X. & Benson, W. L. (2011). Home from Deployment: A Soldier’s Challenge. PsycCRITIQUES Review for Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment by Bret A. Moore & Carrie H. Kennedy (2010).
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