F Thomas Eggemeier

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F Thomas Eggemeier

Professor Emeritus; Distinguished Service Professor

  • Emeritus


F. Thomas Eggemeier has served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Special Projects in the College of Arts and Sciences and was the Dean of the Graduate School from 2005 to 2010.

He received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Dayton in 1967, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the Ohio State University. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Dayton since 1986. Prior to becoming an associate dean, he chaired the Department of Psychology from 1993 to 2001.

Dr. Eggemeier's teaching and research interests are centered in cognitive psychology, applications of cognitive psychology, and human factors and ergonomics. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society. Eggemeier has served as a member of the editorial board and as an associate editor of the journal Human Factors. He is a past-president of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and a past-president of the Division of Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology of the American Psychological Association. 

Faculty Perspective

My baccalaureate degree from the University of Dayton has provided an excellent basis for both graduate study in psychology and my subsequent career. My interest in cognitive psychology was first stimulated by coursework that I completed as an undergraduate at the University. I thoroughly enjoy teaching and research, and the University of Dayton has proven to be an excellent environment in which to do both. At the University, we emphasize the connection of theory and practice, and my interest in applied cognitive psychology and human factors/ergonomics reflects that emphasis. Much of my past research has centered on issues concerning assessment of the demands imposed on attention by task performance. In the future, I plan to conduct research dealing with applications of cognitive psychology to learning, with a focus on issues related to the use of information technology to facilitate the learning process. 


  • Ph.D., the Ohio State University, 1971

Research Interests

  • Applications of cognitive psychology to learning
  • Mental workload assessment

Selected Publications

O'Donnell, R.D., and Eggemeier, F.T. (1986). "Workload Assessment Methodology," (pp. 42/1-42/9). In K. Boff, L. Kaufman and J. Thomas (Eds.) Handbook of Perception and Human Performance, Vol. II: Cognitive Processes and Performance. New York: Wiley Interscience.

Eggemeier, F.T. (1988). "Properties of Workload Assessment Techniques." (pp. 41-62). In P.A. Hancock and N. Meshkati (Eds.), Human Mental Workload. Amsterdam: North Holland Publishers.

Eggemeier, F.T., and Wilson, G.F. (1991). "Performance-based and Subjective Assessment of Workload in Multi-task Environments." (pp. 217-278). In D.L. Damos (Ed.), Multiple-task Performance, London: Taylor and Francis.

Wierwille, W.W., and Eggemeier, F.T. (1993). "Recommendations for mental workload measurement in a test and evaluation environment." Human Factors, 35, 263-282.

Wilson, G.F., and Eggemeier, F.T. (2000). "Mental Workload Measurement." (pp.504-506). In International Encyclopedia of Human Factors and Ergonomics, Vol. 1. London: Taylor and Francis.