Jesuit educator and psychologist, Professor Wajira Nampet, S.J. has returned to Loyola Marymount University, as a recipient of the Visiting Jesuit Scholar Program. He will teach and conduct research at LMU School of Education on a 2-year sabbatical from Sophia University, Japan where he teaches psycho-social anthropology.
“We are so excited to welcome Fr. Wajira Nampet, S.J. Ph.D. back to the SOE as a visiting faculty member in EDLA,” said Michelle D. Young, Dean, LMU SOE. “During his time with us, Fr. Nampet will be pursuing his research on moral judgment. If this is an interest of yours, I highly recommend that you take advantage of his time with us by taking a course with him and/or joining us for a featured talk later this academic year.”
It is a return to the bluff for Nampet, as he was a full-time visiting professor at LMU School of Education from 2005-07, teaching in the area of applied educational psychology.
Nampet is a distinguished international educator for over 40 years teaching education, mathematics, statistics and psychology at all educational levels. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Chiang Mai University and M.A. in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Fr. Nampet’s doctorate is in Educational Psychology, a joint degree conferred by Boston College and Ateneo de Naga University of the Philippines. His dissertation focused on A Relationship between Moral Judgment Competence Levels and Personality-Type Preferences of High School Students. He also holds a S.T.B. and M.A. in Theology from Ateneo de Manila University Loyola School of Theology, the Philippines.
As a moral psychologist, Nampet has been invited for lectures or research programs by several foreign universities including Harvard. His publications showcase a wide-range of interests including education, psychology, anthropology and religion (e.g. Buddhist-Christian dialogue).
Fr. Nampet is also a sculpture artist, an international marathon runner and is fluent in several languages.