Branden Lynam was teaching the principles of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology before becoming a student of the subject himself.
As an instructor at Air University, the U.S. Air Force's Alabama-based center for professional military education, he built a curriculum focused on leadership, team performance and communication.
"I didn't even know I-O psychology was a sub-discipline at the time and when I discovered it, I immediately started looking for one," he said.
He found the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and through that professional organization, he discovered the University of Baltimore's M.S. in Applied Psychology program had an I-O Psychology concentration.
UB had what Lynam, an active duty U.S. Air Force officer, needed.
"Being active duty, there's no exceptions to having to go to work and serve the country, so I do that during the day and then I can drive up here and attend classes."
Lynam has been impressed with the faculty's professionalism and enthusiasm. He appreciates the faculty's support early on to cater their lessons toward the career he envisions for himself. He hopes to apply what he learns at UB to solve personnel problems that may arise in the Air Force and Department of Defense.
"There's a lot of truth in the motto Knowledge That Works and I think that's what you're getting when you sign up for a degree program here [at UB]," Lynam said. "You're going to get out of it whatever you put into it, but that's sort of cliché. You're going to get a degree program where the faculty's really interested in bringing your professional acumen up to that next level."