The Ohio State University at Mansfield

Student finds research niche on Mansfield campus

August 8, 2018

By enrolling at The Ohio State University at Mansfield, Jordan Brauchler gained the valuable experience of assisting in important research being conducted by an accomplished professor.

For Brauchler, the accomplished educator was researcher Amy Brunell, an associate professor of psychology who’s produced some of the most important research on narcissism.

“I just loved her as a professor,” she said. “[At a larger campus] I might have been too intimidated to walk up to a professor and ask. Professor Brunell knew me by name, so I felt more comfortable asking.”

Brauchler found a willing mentor in Brunell.

“I routinely work with students on research,” said Brunell, who became an associate professor at the Mansfield campus after arriving from the Ohio State Newark campus in 2012. “One thing that stood out about Jordan is she searched me out. … She jumped in and has been really instrumental in the research I will do next fall.”

Brunell said Brauchler recruited other students to assist in the idea development of the professor’s narcissism project.

“One of the reasons I said yes to Jordan is that she was a really good student, she had regular attendance and a positive attitude, a lot of the things I want to see with a student I want to work with,” she said.

Added Brauchler: “I’m just that type of person who’ll do anything for anybody. I didn’t really know what helping her out would entail. … We and the people I recruited were like ‘Yeah, let’s do it.’ We kind of helped her mold her idea.”

Brauchler, who serves as one of nine Buckeye Ambassadors representing Ohio State Mansfield and giving tours of the campus, took Brunell’s classes in interpersonal relationships and social psychology, which led her into a role contributing to the researcher’s new work on narcissism.

Brunell said that the size of the Mansfield classes gives her an opportunity to engage more closely with her students.

“[Students] have the advantage here of small classes and lots of one-on-one time and having their professor if something goes awry,” said Brunell. “So, the style of teaching has to be different. A lot of my classes are interactive as opposed to lecture based. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.”