Notes from the Chair

August 26, 2010

Greetings from the Psychology Department.

In this issue of the alumni newsletter, we present several stories and updates to let you know about all the exciting developments within the department this past year. Our newest faculty member, Dr. Stephenie Chaudoir, provides a reflective commentary on her first-year experiences as a psychology teacher and scholar. We describe several significant events involving Psych Club and Psi Chi, including the hosting of graduate school panels, charitable fund-raising events, and interdepartmental sporting challenges. Also highlighted are details of a recent trip by several faculty and a group of “all-star students” to the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago. A review is provided of the 2nd Annual Daniel J. Elias Honors Colloquium in which our latest cohort of honors students presented their remarkable research projects and Dr. John Csernansky gave a stimulating talk on the latest in schizophrenia research. Finally, I wish to congratulate our newest Psychology Department Alumna of the Year, Kansas State Senator Laura Kelly. She makes a real difference in the lives of so many, and she honors us with her success as a proud Bradley University psychology graduate.

This will be my last “Notes from the Chair.” I have had tremendously rewarding experiences as department chair. To name but a few, we successfully moved the department from Comstock Hall to Bradley Hall; outfitted new and improved research laboratories; added a Laptop Teaching Laboratory; and significantly increased departmental funding for students presenting at regional, national, and international conferences. We reduced the size of our average core psychology classes, documented continuous teaching excellence via nationally standardized testing, established a Celebrate Psychology student research exhibition each semester, and added an amazing Honors Program with the generous help of the Elias family. Perhaps most importantly, we hired Kathy Baker, our department administrator extraordinaire, and added three of the best new faculty members at Bradley University—Dr. Tim Koeltzow, Dr. Tony Hermann, and Dr. Stephenie Chaudoir. It is always the people of our department who make it thrive with excellence—the students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and it has been my great honor to serve them in my capacity as chair.

There will be numerous challenges and opportunities ahead for our department, and I am more than confident our next chair, Dr. Derek Montgomery, will ably lead us to ever-greater heights of excellence. Cheers!

Dr. David P. Schmitt