Steven Zhou

Steven Zhou

PhD Research & Teaching Assistant


George Mason University

Fairfax, VA USA


If our goal is to leave an impact, I believe one of the best ways is to change the lives of the next generation.

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
In 9th grade, I fell in love with teaching and wanted to become a high school teacher.
In 10th grade, I switched to planning to get involved in Christian ministry.
In 11th grade, I got very interested in management and human resources, and I started pursuing a path in business and HR. At the same time, I found a love for psychology.
I started Pepperdine as a business major, but I quickly found that I wasn't interested in the finance side.
I switched freshman year to an industrial organizational psychology major, which perfectly combined my interests in psychology and HR. I had my sights set on going into ministry and church management.
After failing to land HR related internships for several summers in a row, I stayed at Pepperdine to pursue a Masters in religion. I also chose not to apply to a M.Div. program at the time.
I fell in love with academic research while doing my Masters and set my sights on a PhD in I/O psychology. I decided I wanted to go into academia at a Christian college, rather than ministry.
I worked in the "real world" for a couple years, which confirmed that I wanted to go into academia. I applied for and was accepted to George Mason's top-rated PhD program.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Miramonte High School
Bachelor
B.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Pepperdine University
Graduate
M.A. Religion
Pepperdine University
Certification/License
Master's of Divinity
Western Seminary

Career

PhD Research & Teaching Assistant

I research and teach on subjects of leadership, motivation, education, and statistical modeling.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Business
Learning / Being Challenged

Day to Day

My work week is balanced across taking graduate coursework, teaching undergraduate courses, assisting with existing research projects, and investigating and theorizing original research plans.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

I've written several pieces on how education helped prepare me for working in the "real world," including the importance of Christian higher education and even studying for exams. You can take a look at some of my pieces here: szzhou4.wordpress.com/magazine-op-eds

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
B.A. Industrial and Organizational Psychology
graduate
Graduate
M.A. Religion
certification
Certification/License
Master's of Divinity

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"Academia is impossible to get into. There are no faculty jobs available, and everyone is biased against you for your faith and your beliefs."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant