Zajack to discuss motivation in ‘Sometimes Less is More’ invited lecture

Dr. Mark Zajack, associate professor of Psychology at Hastings College, will  discuss whether narrowing priorities can have a positive effect on decision-making in his talk “Sometimes Less is More” set for Friday, October 5 at 10:00 a.m. in French Memorial Chapel.

Mark Zajack
Dr. Mark Zajack

The lecture is the first of two Invited Faculty Lectures this academic year and is free and open to the public.

“Why do we do what we do? Although, we may think we know, the sources of motivation underlying the major goals in our lives often go unexamined,” Zajack said, adding that the effect of those specific motivators on achievement and well-being are commonly misunderstood.

“This talk explores whether a careful curation of our sources of motivation and a narrowing of our priorities can have a positive effect on our decision-making, productivity, creativity and well-being. Essentially, whether doing less can help us do more of what matters,” he said.

Each spring, Hastings College students select two faculty members to present campus-wide lectures on the professors’ topics of choice during the next academic year. Considered a prestigious honor for the faculty, the tradition dates to 1967.

Dr. Glenn Avent, professor of History, will give the second Hastings College Lecture Series Invited Faculty Lecture on March 29, 2019.

Bio for Zajack

Dr. Mark Zajack is an associate professor of Psychology at Hastings College. His research on occupational stress, productivity and employee well-being is informed by his experience as a business analyst and consultant. In addition to a focus on employee performance, Mark also analyzes performance in the athletic arena via what is often referred to as a “Moneyball” approach to sports. Mark has an assortment of degrees, old t-shirts and garish academic regalia from Colgate University, San Jose State University and Clemson University.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to

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