Fred W. Vondracek, Ph.D.

Professor of Human DevelopmentFred W. Vondracek

211E Henderson
(814) 865-2608
fwv@psu.edu

Research

During the past 20 years, my work has focused on the formulation of a developmental-contextual approach to career development. Working collaboratively with colleagues from the United States, Germany, Japan, and Canada, as well as with students, I have conducted empirical research that has been guided by this developmental-contextual framework. Of particular interest has been the influence of context and historical time on the timing and nature of career and family decisions and on the development of vocational identity. Contexts that have received particular attention in our research have included family, culture, and socioeconomic systems. Another focus of our research has been on the interrelationships among work values, vocational interests, and a variety of individual and family variables, and on exploring the relationships between vocational development in adolescence and young adulthood, on the one hand, and adjustment and mental health on the other

Education

  • Concord College, Athens, W.VA, B.A., 1964, Psychology
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M.A., 1966, Psychology
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., 1968, Clinical Psychology/Philosophy of Science
  • U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Salem, VA., Post-Doc, 1968-69, Clinical Intern

Research and Professional Experience

  • Senior Associate Dean, College of Health and Human Development, 2007
  • Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Development, 2006-2007
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 2001-2005
  • Associate Dean for Outreach, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 2000
  • Honorary Professor, University of Jena, Germany, 1998-Present
  • Visiting Scholar, Kansai University, Osaka, Japan
  • Professor of Human Development, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 1990-Present
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Giessen, Giessen, Germany, 1989
  • Director, Division of Individual and Family Studies, College of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 1978-81
  • Associate Professor of Human Development, College of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 1973
  • Assistant Professor of Human Development, College of Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, 1969

Honors

  • Member, Blue Key, National Honor Society, 1964
  • Public Health Service Predoctoral Fellowship, 1965-1966
  • Public Health Service Predoctoral Fellowship, 1967-1968
  • Selected to Outstanding Young Men of America, 1972
  • President's Award, The Second Mile, Inc., 1984
  • Founder's Award, The Second Mile, Inc., 1985
  • Honorarprofessor Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany, 1998

Selected Publications

  • Porfeli, E. J., & Vondracek, F. W. (2009). Career development, work, and
    occupational success. In M. C. Smith & N. DeFrates-Densch (Eds.), Handbook of research on adult learning and development (pp. 412-436). New York: Routledge.
  • Reitzle, M., Körner, A., & Vondracek, F. W. (2009). Ups and downs, peaks
    and valleys: Psychological and demographic correlates of career patterns.
    Journal of Vocational Behavior, 74, 308-320.
  • Vondracek, F. W., & Porfeli, E. J. (2009). Divergent views of career: Vocational and organisational perspectives, as seen through the lens of vocational psychology. In A. Collin & W. Patton (Eds.), Vocational psychological and organisational perspectives on career: Towards a multidisciplinary dialogue (pp. 29-37). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Vondracek, F. W., & Porfeli, E. J. (2008). Social contexts for career guidance throughout the world: Developmental-contextual perspectives on career cross the lifespan. In J. A. Athanasou & R. van Esbroeck (Eds.), International handbook of career guidance (pp. 209-225). New York: Springer Publishing.
  • Hartung, P. J., Porfeli, E. J., & Vondracek, F.W. (2008). Career adaptability in childhood. Career Development Quarterly, 57, 63-74.
  • Porfeli, E. J., Hartung, P. J., & Vondracek, F. W. (2008). Children’s development: A research rationale. Career Development Quarterly, 57, 25-37.
  • Skorikov, V. B., & Vondracek, F. W. (2007). Positive career orientation as an inhibitor of adolescent problem behaviour. Journal of Adolescence, 30, 131-146.
  • Vondracek, F. W. (2007). Editorial. Introduction and commentary: Studies of development in context. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 70, 1-8.
  • Vondracek, F. W. (Ed.). (2007). Studies of development in context. Special Section, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 70, 1-96.
  • Porfeli, E. J., & Vondracek, F. W. (2007). Development of work values. In V. B. Skorikov & W. Patton, (Eds.), Career development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 105-126). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Skorikov, V. B., & Vondracek, F. W. (2007). Vocational Identity. In V. B. Skorikov & W. Patton, (Eds.), Career development in childhood and adolescence (pp. 143- 168). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
  • Hartung, P. J., Porfeli, E. J., & Vondracek, F.W. (2005). Child vocational
    development: A review and reconsideration. Journal of Vocational
    Behavior, 66,
    385-419.
  • Vondracek, F. W., & Porfeli, E. (2003). World of work and careers. In G. R.
    Adams & M. Berzonsky (Eds.), The Blackwell handbook of adolescence (pp.
    109-128). Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers Ltd.).
  • Wiesner, M., Vondracek, F. W., Capaldi, D. M., & Porfeli, E. J. (2003). Childhood and adolescent predictors of early adult career pathways. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 63, 305-328.
  • Vondracek, F. W. (2001). The developmental perspective in vocational psychology. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 59, 252-261.
  • Vondracek, F. W., Silbereisen, R.K., Reitzle, M., & Wiesner, M. (1999). Vocational preferences of early adolescents: Their development in social context. Journal of Adolescent Research, 14 (3), 267-288.
  • Vondracek, F. W. & Kawasaki, T. (1995). Toward a comprehensive framework for adult career development theory and intervention. In W. B. Walsh & S. H. Osipow (Eds.), Handbook of vocational psychology (2nd ed., pp. 111-141). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Vondracek, F. W., Lerner, R. M., & Schulenberg, J. E. (1986). Career development: A life-span developmental approach. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum Associates.
  • Schulenberg, J. E., Vondracek, F. W., & Crouter, A. (1984). The influence of the family on vocational development. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 46, 129-143.