Winners' Nomination Letters: 1995
| 19871995 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
Robert O. Engbretson, PhD,
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
During his 25 years as professor and 10 years as Psi Chi advisor at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, Dr. Robert Engbretson has earned the respect and admiration of his colleagues and students. It is because of his enthusiasm, commitment, professionalism, and determination that the SIUE chapter of Psi Chi has achieved and even surpassed its purpose "to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of individuals in all fields, particularly in psychology..." As a matter of fact, our chapter would not be what it is today without the leadership of Dr. Engbretson.
Dr. Engbretson, better known as "Dr. E," has made a myriad of contributions as Psi Chi faculty advisor. Among them are coordinating all student travel and financial support for professional conventions, facilitating communication between current members and alumni, and fostering students' academic and professional growth. Every year, "Dr. E" works closely with the student government, psychology department chairperson, graduate school and dean. of education to locate funding for psychology students' hotel, meal, and convention expenses. His efforts have enabled an average of 30 students to attend the Midwestern Psychological Association Convention each year.
In an effort to increase alumni support. Dr. E contacted all graduates who were members of Psi Chi asking them to offer their monetary and social support. Currently, he is working on a chapter newsletter to keep alumni members involved in and informed about chapter activities. As both a role model and source of motivation. Dr. E encourages students to actively participate in professional meetings, attend colloquia, conduct and present research, and interact with faculty and community professionals.
Dr. E has impacted Psi Chi on a personal level as well. With his "down-to-earth" personality and great sense of humor, he makes new members feel welcome and old members feel appreciated. He is always accessible and willing to listen to students' ideas. Further, his "can do" spirit is admired by all. Known as "the man with the camera." Dr. E has captured Psi Chi events on film since he began his term as advisor in 1983. Even after our chapter must say good-bye Dr. E, these photos will serve as testament to the legacy of his term as faculty advisor.
Throughout his tenure at SIUE, Dr. E has served the department in a variety of capacities. In the past, he held the position of department chairperson. Currently, Dr. E is the Coordinator of the General-Academic Graduate Program, a member of the Department Advisory Committee, and Coordinator of the Graduate Teaching Concentration. Through these and many other ways, he continually involves himself in activities and issues involving student rights, fair treatment, and professional ethics.
Dr. E's dedication to Psi Chi on a national level is exemplified by his presence at the annual MPA convention and at the 1994 APA convention. This year, our chapter was presented with the Ruth Hubbard Cousins National Chapter Award under the guidance of Dr. E. The timing of this award, coming as it did the year preceding Dr. E's retirement, was a milestone in his career.
As we eluded to earlier, the 1994-95 school year marks the end of his service to SIUE, as Dr. E will retire this summer. We believe that an award to recognize excellence among Psi Chi faculty advisors seems a most appropriate means to acknowledge our appreciation to Dr. E and to say good-bye. Though he will no longer be our faculty advisor, his contributions to our chapter will be enduring.
1994 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
W. Harold Moon, PhD, Augusta College
The Augusta College Chapter of Psi Chi nominates William Harold Moon to be the recipient of the 1994 Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award.
The nominee has been a persistent supporter of and advocate for Psi Chi, its principles and its members for over 30 years. As the faculty advisor at both Auburn University and Augusta College, he has encouraged the chapters' student officers to provide the kind of leadership which would rebound to the benefit of the membership, the chapter, the institution, and Psi Chi. He has provided continuity to the chapters by stimulating and encouraging communication between officers from one year to next, by apprising newer officers of previous Chapter activities, and by serving as an unofficial historian who could assist the officers in developing a chapter perspective. He has served as a positive professional and personal model for generations of Psi Chi members and psychology majors, demonstrating integrity and fairness in dealing with students and colleagues. He has manifested support for Psi Chi and for psychology by showing serious psychology students the virtues of achieving the academic stature which will render them eligible for Psi Chi membership and which will provide them the academic foundation upon which they might move toward.professional psychology.
The nominee was initiated into Psi Chi May 2, 1959, at which time the chapter was installed at Florida State University. He served as chapter advisor to the Auburn University chapter 1963-1966 and 1967-1968 and of the Augusta College chapter from 1983-1987. He has been a faculty co-advisor to the Augusta College chapter from 1990 to the present. He was on the National Council of Psi Chi from 1984-1990, serving as Southeastern Regional Vice President from 1984-1987, President elect in 1987-1988, President 1988-1989 and Immediate Past President, 1989-1990.
Harold Moon has been an active member of Psi Chi. In addition to years of chapter activities including serving as chapter advisor of two chapters and being involved in establishing two chapters, he has been a regular participant in Southeastern Regional Psi Chi's annual meeting since 1959. He has participated in each annual meeting of national since 1984 and at least one annual meeting of each the Midwestern, the Rocky Mountain, the Southwestern and the Western Psychological Associations.
While a member of Psi Chi's National Council, Harold served on a variety of Council connnittees, e.g.. Executive Committee, Nominating Committpe, Guilford Award Committee and Program Committee. He chaired the Personnel Committee at the time it produced Psi Chi's first formal personnel policy and chaired the committee which developed the criteria for the Psi Chi/ Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award. Additionally, Ruth Cousins and he represented the National Council in arranging the move of the National Office of Psi Chi from Arlington, Virginia to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In the past five years, Harold has made ten presentations at regional or national annual meetings of psychological associations and four presentations at annual conferences on the teaching of psychology. He has been a member of the Southeastern Psychological Association since 1957 and a member of the American Psychological Association since 1963. He has been a member of two state psychological associations, serving on the usual array of committees in each and as Newsletter Editor, Secretary-Treasurer, and President of one of these state associations. He has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi, the Gerontoibgical Society, the Southern Gerontological Society and the Southern Society of Philosophy and Psychology.
Harold believes that professionals should be involved in their local communities. He has served as president of his local psychological association and president of his local chapter of Sigma Xi. He has served as a long term member of the advisory council for the local Retired Seniors Volunteer Program. He currently serves on the advisory councils for the area mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse centers and the regional hospital. He is the chair of the Professional Advisory Committee for the local mental health association.
The Augusta Chapter of Psi Chi proudly presents our nominee. During his tenure serving the national organization, Harold continued to support and encourage our local organization. He has been the mainstay and backbone of this chapter since 1983. Aiding our growth, Harold has guided our group from its infancy of eight or ten members meeting in his living room to a mature and well-developed organization of 86 active members. Along with encouraging academic performance in the classroom, Harold assists aspiring scholars and. researchers to pursue professional participation and presentations. It is largely through his efforts that the Augusta College Chapter continues to have phenomenal numbers of students attending and presenting at regional and national meetings. More than an advisor, Harold is an active participant in our chapter. It is the rare occasion when one would not find him at a chapter meeting or social activity. As a co-worker in our efforts, Harold can be found hawking raffle tickets, selling carnations, or spending an August day in the Georgia sun, barbecuing hams.
Harold states that participation in Psi Chi has been a tremendous experience for him over the past 35 years. He does not plan to quit now. Admired by his colleagues and loved by his students, we do not plan to allow him to quit!
Judie L. Arnold, President
Augusta College Chapter of Psi Chi
1993 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
Alvin Wang, PhD, University of Central Florida
On behalf of the University of Central Florida Chapter of Psi Chi, I respectfully nominate Alvin Y. Wang, Ph.D. to receive the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award. Dr. Wang began his five year tenure as UCF Psi Chi Faculty Advisor in 1989. He will relinquish his role at the end of the 1992-93 spring term, due to the added responsibilities he assumed in December of 1992 as Associate Chair of the University of Central Florida's Department of Psychology.
Teaching by example, Dr. Wang encourages Psi Chi members, and all students of psychology at the University of Central Florida, to aspire to excellence. For instance, as faculty advisor, he encouraged the board to establish membership criteria which is more selective than the Psi Chi National requirements. At the University of Central Florida, our requirements for membership include a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, and a psychology GPA of at least 3.4. This higher standard has benefitted Psi Chi, and all psychology students. The sense of satisfaction felt by members has been enhanced, as they are publicly recognized as being among the best (top 10%) of psychology majors at UCF. Moreover, the general awareness of students regarding the importance of academic performance, and what will be required to gain entrance into graduate school, has been heightened by the higher standards of our Psi Chi Chapter.
Under Dr. Wang's guidance, the annual number of Psi Chi inductees has increased steadily, as have the mean grade point averages of those inductees. In 1992-93, yet another record was established, as the UCF Chapter of Psi Chi inducted 104 new members (drawing from 941 psychology majors). Records were also established with regard to the mean grade point averages of those inductees, as they posted a mean overall GPA of 3.55, and a mean psychology GPA of 3.76.
The desire of all psychology students to attend Psi Chi functions is high because members and non-members sense they will benefit through attending. Aware of the time constraints, and academic orientation, of most psychology majors. Dr. Wang has encouraged us to limit our social activities to one well planned and executed event per term. He has taught us the importance of balance in our lives, and of giving back to our community, through our annual sponsorship of, and participation in the Run for the Threshold. This 5K run provides funds for the benefit of an organization serving emotionally and physically challenged children.
Through his professional contacts. Dr. Wang has enabled our Psi Chi Chapter to host guest lecture symposiums covering a variety of topics. Dr. Wang also was instrumental in developing a series of workshops, which have been presented each semester, and have included topics such as: Preparation for Graduate Programs, Graduate School Admission and Increasing Your Probability of Acceptance, Research Experience for Undergraduates, and Doctoral Programs in Psychology: Psy.D. or Ph.D.? This workshop series is well attended by all psychology majors, and has helped many gain admission to graduate school. Through their attendance, students are able to refine their professional focus, obtain answers to questions, and begin their preparation for graduate school admission in the first month of their freshman year.
Since being awarded his doctorate in psychology in August of 1980 from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. Wang has distinguished himself through his contributions to psychology at the local, state, and national level. As delineated in the enclosed curriculum vitae. Dr. Wang has lectured at three institutions of higher learning, holding positions in this country and abroad. He has published 11 journal articles; reviewed, or written numerous books and instructor's manuals; and has presented papers at 25 regional or national psychology conferences. He was recognized by the State of New York for his excellence in the conduct of research. Dr. Wang has written, and been awarded, numerous research grants; and has acted as the faculty sponsor and advisor to students who have written and been awarded grants for the conduct of research under his direction.
Serving in the capacity of a consultant. Dr. Wang has worked with EPCOT, Disney World, with regard to their use and care of animals; assisted the recipient of an NIMH grant regarding children's encoding and organizational strategies; and for many years, advised the Orange County Public Schools, concerning middle- school children who are considered high-risk candidates for substance and alcohol abuse.
Dr. Wang's guidance and direction is sought frequently by psychology students because of his commitment to quality, excellence, and professionalism. While considered to be one of the most demanding professors in the psychology department, students flock to his classes. Helias received awards for his excellence in teaching from the President of the State University of New York at Stonybrook, and the University of Central Florida. Dr. Wang is in great demand by students with a desire to develop their research skills. To the greatest extent possible, he involves students in his own research (often listing the student as a co-author of the paper). Moreover, he is an exemplar within the psychology department with regard to his committment to diversity among his research assistants, providing opportunities to students of various ethnic backgrounds. He also frequently advises students regarding research which they wish to conduct. Dr. Wang has acted as thesis advisor for several students, and served as a member of numerous M.S. and Ph.D. dissertation committees.
Dr. Wang has served as president of Southeastern Workers in Memory (1993), as a member of the paper selections committee for the annual meetings of the Southeastern Psychological Association (1988, 1989, 1991), and as session chair for the annual meeting of the Human Factors Society, in Orlando, Florida (1990). Currently, he is helping us to plan and develop Florida's first state-wide undergraduate psychology conference, which will be sponsored by the UCF Chapter of Psi Chi and UCF. Dr. Wang is a member of Psi Chi, the Southeastern Workers in Memory, the Southeastern Psychological Association, the Council for Teachers of Undergraduate Psychology, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Virginia Academy of Sciences.
In preparing this nomination, we spoke with many individuals in an effort to gain their perspective. While Dr. Wang's professional contributions are many, he is perhaps best characterized by those students and colleagues who spoke of him as being someone who: "provides an unfailing example of the highest level of professionalism; possesses a quiet, understated dignity and bearing, showing respect to all people; possesses character and integrity beyond reproach; is confident, but never arrogant; consistently delivers his very best, personally and professionally; inspires higher levels of thought and performance; gives of his time freely, but uses his time well; draws the best from others through his belief in their ability to achieve; is the personification of patience, kindness, and fairness; is the consummate team player, bettering any situation through his involvement; possesses a delightful sense of humor; and is a completely genuine human being."
We nominate Dr. Wang, without reservation, for the Psi Chi National Faculty Advisor Award because of the depth of his commitment to Psi Chi and students of psychology, which he has actively demonstrated through encouraging, stimulating and maintaining scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.
Kathleen M. Schmid
UCF Psi Chi Chapter President
1992 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
Joseph J. Horvat, Jr., PhD, Weber State University
It is an honor and a pleasure to nominate Dr. Joseph Horvat for the prestigious Psi Chi/Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor Award. Dr. Horvat has been the our advisor since 1983 and was a member of the National Council from 1987-1991. During this time he has established the WSU chapter as "the" standard by which other chapters in the Rocky Mountain region compare themselves. Not only has Dr. Horvat increased our membership over 350% since becoming our advisor, he has also developed our prestige as an honor society to where we currently register 90% of students eligible for Psi Chi membership.
For us Dr. Horvat is a facilitator, an innovator, and a friend. To highlight but a few of the extraordinary and unselfish efforts he has brought to Psi Chi we offer the following:
1. He has accompanied students to local, regional, and/or national psychological conventions since 1984. He does this because he believes in getting us involved early in the professional side of psychology. This is of particular interest since he as availed himself in a variety of fund raising functions where Psi Chi students directly benefit from his unselfish efforts. (This included taking pledges to stop smoking. As a result, we raised over $1,000.00 to go to New Orleans for APA.)
2. He has shown us the need and benefit of contributing our time to non-profit organizations. This includes nursing homes, hospitals, day care facilities, and educational television. In fact, we were formally recognized by a local television station as an "Honor Society dedicated to helping others."
3. Dr. Horvat singly developed the first undergraduate research conference west of the Mississippi in 1985. This is a conference where undergraduate psychology students are able to present their research via a formal academic forum. This program is so successful that it is currently in its eighth year of operation.
4. He has provided proactive, interesting, and entertaining programs at our regional conventions. It is often remarked that the Psi Chi programs at KMPA are the highlights not only for students but also for academicians and practitioners. These efforts have been rewarded by the executive committee of RMPA unanimously nominating Dr. Horvat as their candidate for RMPA President this year.
5. Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Horvat has shown us what a true friend really is. No matter what a student needs he is always there for us. You find him in his office late at night and on weekends helping students with projects, problems, and support.
Based upon the aforementioned it is easy to see why we consider Dr. Horvat to be a terrific role model both professionally and personally. He truly merits serious consideration for the Denmark award.
As an indication that the above speaks from collective testimony we present the following eight signatures to the review committee. These eight signatures represent Weber State chapter presidents from the past nine years, all of whom were more than willing to give their unqualified support for Dr. Joseph Horvat's nomination. The single missing signature is from a president who was unable to be contacted.
Brad Bushman, Ph.D., 1988 Newman Award Winner
Laura Williams, MSW (1984-1985)
Ferrin Rose (1985-1986)
Margo Coleman, Graduate Student (1986-1987)
Pat Mason, MSW (1987-1988)
London Draper, Graduate Student (1988-1989)
Karen Chicketts, Graduate Student (1990-1991)
Trina Mann, Accepted to Law School (1991-1992)
1991 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
Otto Zinser, PhD, East Tennessee State University
We, the East Tennessee State University chapter of Psi Chi, in Johnson City, Tennessee, wish to nominate our Psi Chi advisor, Dr. Otto Zinser, for the National Faculty Advisor Award Competition.
As faculty advisor, Dr. Zinser has recruited new members, promoted positive attitudes in students, has been readily available for one-on-one dialogue, and has helped to maintain a healthy and active Psi Chi organization. Dr. Zinser has also had Psi Chi socials and initiations at his home. which provides a good atmosphere for business, fun, and for getting better acquainted. He isa stable figure at our school, having been here for 20 years, and is a superb role model in a 11 areas, including (from a clinical point of view) good mental health and (from a scientific point of view) integrity in psychological research.
Dr. Zinser organized and chartered the Psi Chi chapter at E.T.S.U. in 1977, and has been its advisor ever since. He is a member of 4 honor societies, including Phi Kappa Phi, and 7 professional associations, including the APA (General Psychology division), SEPA, Tennessee Psychological Association, Society for the Advancement of Social Psychology, Intermountain Psychological Association, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and a-Member of the Visiting Scientist Program, Tennessee Academy of Science (1971-1975).
Our advisor, Dr. Zinser, has taught Experimental Psychology, Statistics, Advanced General Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Perception, Learning, Methods of Research, Physiological Psychology. and developed a new class called "Issues and Theories in Psychology." He has worked with many students on independent research projects, and has served on 50 thesis committees, chairing 19 of these. He has served on 13 university committees, and chaired several of these committees.
At the regional level, Dr. Zinser, with undergraduate and graduate students, has presented at least 5 papers at the Southeastern Psychological Association Convention, and 7 more papers at other conventions, such as the APA convention and the Midwestern Psychological) Associaton. Each year, he has encouraged Psi Chi members to present papers at SEPA and to attend conventions.
At the national level, Dr. Zinser's contributions have been consistently prolific from 1966 until the present, with at least 20 published articles in major journals, with 4 more manuscripts in preparation. The research and written articles are a combined effort of Dr. Zinser and his "independent study" students. Examples of his published research are "Perceived intelligence, motivation and achievement in male and female college students" in the Journal of Genetic Psychology, 127, 125-129; and "Sharing behavior in first and fifth graders: Effects of recipient generosity and actual versus hypothetical sharing" in the Journal of Psychology, 99, 31-38. Dr. Zinser has also written a textbook on experimental psychology which is popular in North and South America.
Psi Chi members at E.T.S.U. believe Dr. Zinser deserves national recognition for his scholarly and professional activities. We want you to know that he is an inspiration to us to do our best. in developing professionalism in the field of psychology.
1989 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
David B. Miller, PhD, University of Connecticut
This is to nominate David B. Miller of the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) for the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark National Faculty Adviser Award.
The UConn Chapter has thrived under Dr. Miller's supervision, inducting between 20 and 40 new members each year. Psi Chi has been a very popular honor society on campus, evinced in part by the intense competition and keen interest in students vying for officiary positions. Although he has allowed students to take primary responsibility for organizing events, Dr. Miller has contributed ideas that have been foundational to the organization. In the early days of the UConn Chapter. Dr. Miller created a special biopsychological subdivision of our group to encourage'-rnembership by students interested in animal behavior and neuroscience-related areas of psychology. (Most of the membership represents clinical interests, and Dr. Miller wanted to be sure that students with a more biological slant felt welcome into our Chapter.) Special field trips were arranged for the biopsychology subdivision (as well as all interested parties) to a nearby dinosaur fossil park and Mystic Marinelife Aquarium, where Dr. Miller had been conducting research on communication in dolphins and whales.
Dr. Miller has also fostered interest by Psi Chi members in departmental events, such as Parent's Day. At this annual university-wide event, Psi Chi members have a booth at the student union to discuss matters related to the Department of Psychology at UConn with parents of current and prospective students. Dr. Miller also initiated the annual faculty/student social, sponsored by Psi Chi at the end of every academic year. This has been a very successful event that has provided undergraduate students an opportunity to get to know their professors at a more personal level and in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Dr. Miller was also instrumental in initiating what have become over the .years seemingly "routine" events for Psi Chi, such as monthly lectures by faculty and other individuals, an annual "how- to-get-into-graduate-school" presentation, an annual careers lecture cosponsored by Psi Chi and the University Department of Career Services, and, finally, fundraisers (such as coffee/donut sales in the University library during midterm and final exams).
Dr. Miller has served as the faculty adviser for the UConn Chapter of Psi Chi has been since 1984.
This leads to what is probably Dr. Miller's main contribution to Psi Chi: He chartered the UConn chapter in 1984. He began working at UConn in 1980 and was amazed that UConn, being a major university with national recognition in research and teaching, had no Psi Chi chapter. With the help of some interested undergraduates, he formed the Undergraduate Psychology Club in 1982 as a means of gauging the extent of interest in a psychology-related extra-curricular organization. This club was open to anyone with an interest in psychology, majors as well as nonmajors. Since the interest was considerable, he then pursued establishing a Psi Chi chapter and wassuccessful in doing so in 1984. He has served as adviser ever since.
At the national level, Dr. Miller corresponded with Executive Director Ruth Cousins in 1986 making recommendations for changes and additions to the Psi Chi Handbook. Dr. Cousins found his suggestions useful and subsequently sought his input on the revision of the Psi Chi Rituals manual.
Dr. Miller has also been active in the American Psychological Association. In 1983, he was Program Chair of Division 6 (Physiological and Comparative) for the annual APA Convention at Anaheim, CA. And, from 1982 to 1987, he served as Consulting Editor to APA's Journal of Comparative Psychology. He has recently been awarded the newly-created, University-wide, Professor of the Semester Award (for the Fall, 1988 semester) given by the Mortar Board Honor Society. He has also been recognized for his committment to teaching and has become one of the most popular professors at UConn. He is known internationally for his research in the area of animal behavior and has published over 30 publications in major research journals and scholarly texts, and has delivered around 40 presentations at national and international meetings of scientific societies.
It is clear that Dr. Miller is committed to his research, his teaching, his students, and to the continued development of Psi Chi. We, therefore, take pleasure in nominating him for this honor.
President of Psi Chi,
1988 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
Harold Takooshian, PhD, Fordham University at Lincoln Center
NOMINATION FOR THE PSI CHI/FLORENCE L. DENMARK FACULTY ADVISOR AWARD
• Dr. Harold Takooshian has been involved in Psi Chi activities since 1973. He was the founding faculty advisor of the Fordham-LC Psychology club in August, 1976, the month before he began his full-time duties at Fordham. Based on his student poll conducted in 1963, he petitioned Psi Chi and was the founding faculty advisor of its Fordham-LC chapter that year. Since then the chapter has been going strong, with 200 members, sponsoring over 50 activities involving over 200 participants and thousands of audience members.
• TEACHING. In the classroom, judging by Fordham's system of anonymous student evaluations, he has been one of the most effective teachers on campus. His student ratings are consistently well above average, his class sizes are larger than average though he typically is a demanding instructor, and he has developed many new courses for students during his years at Fordham—applying psychology research to law, business, computers, mass media.
• DEDICATION. He is well known in Fordham University for spending about 60 hours per week on campus, and tries to have an open-door policy for students who seek him. He is there 5-6 days/week, often at 8 am or 11 pm.
• ADVISING. He is the official academic advisor for more students than any other professor in the College. He helps organize 2-3 annual conferences on campus each year, advising students on graduate schools and careers in psychology. Along with students planning on graduate school, he has co-authored information sheets during the past 10 years, to help other preprofessional students find the right graduate schools for psychology, social work, or law.
• TUTORIALS & PRESENTATIONS. He has supervised over 40 (unpaid) research tutorials, and later personally helped undergraduate students (to present their research findings in professional conferences and publications. This includes presentations at APA, EPA, etc., and journal publications in which his students are authors or co-authors.
In sum, his selection would reflect well on the ideals which Psi Chi and the Florence L. Denmark award so clearly represent.
-Heather P. Marsten, President, Fordham-LC Psi Chi, March 1988.
1987 Denmark Award Winner Letter of Nomination:
Stephen F. Davis, PhD, Emporia State University
The Psi Chi Chapter at Emporia State University wishes to nominate Dr. Stephen F. Davis for the Psi Chi/Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award. Dr. Davis has served as our Faculty Advisor since 1979.
The following accomplishments reflect Dr. Davis' contributions to our Psi Chi Chapter. It should be noted clearly that many of these contributions, while directly benefiting our chapter, are clearly national in scope.
1. Dr. Davis was a founder/organizer in 1980 of the annual, Psi Chi sponsored Kansas Students' Psychology Convention.
2. Dr. Davis has consistently motivated the Emporia State Chapter to become involved in psychology beyond our own campus. For example, he has personally organized groups of Psi Chi members (6-43) to attend state, regional and national conventions. The Emporia State Chapter has achieved national recognition for having the most members at the Psi Chi convention. The following report from the national Psi Chi newsletter describes two 1986 trips
Members of the EMPORIA STATE UNIVERSITY Psi Chi Chapter attended both the 1986 Southwestern Psychological Association convention last spring and the 1986 APA/Psi Chi convention in August. Faculty Advisor Stephen F. Davis, President of the Southwestern Psychological Association (SWPA), accompanied the students at both conventions. At the 1986 SWPA Psi Chi Information Exchange chapter members shared ideas with other chapters. The chapter sponsored eleven members to attend the APA/Psi Chi convention. During the summer members washed cars to raise funds for expenses of the 1986-87 year. The chapter began the year with a membership drive and ice cream social, and in October sponsored a guest speaker, Dr. Charles Brewer, editor of Teaching of Psychology. He spoke on "John B. Watson: Some aspects of his life and career."
3. Students are routinely encouraged to develop themselves to the point that they are qualified to be coauthors on convention papers and/or journal publications. To date 294 students have served as coauthors on convention presentations with Dr. Davis, while 185 have been coauthors on journal articles. Moreover, Dr. Davis also has encouraged Psi Chi students to submit their own articles to publications, such as the national Psi Chi Newsletter. Several of these submissions have met with success.
4. Under Dr. Davis' supervision, an Emporia State Psi Chi student won the J. P. Guilford/Psi Chi National Research Award in 1983. This student is now nearing completion of her Ph.D. in biopsychology at the University of Texas. During the past 5 years 20 of Dr. Davis' students have been admitted to doctoral programs. All of them were Psi Chi members.
5. Dr. Davis created a course, The Professional Psychologist, to assist students' development of professional skills and attributes. This course, which has been highlighted in national presentations, has directly benefited MANY Psi Chi members.
6. In recognition of his service to the Emporia State Psi Chi Chapter and the students at our university. Dr. Davis was awarded the Psi Chi Distinguished Teacher in Psychology Award in 1982 and was presented with a Chapter Certificate of Appreciation in 1984.
Among his recent (1980-1987) contributions on a state, regional, and national level, Dr. Davis lists;
1. Elected as an APA Fellow by Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology).
2. Member, American Psychological Foundation National Teaching Award Committee.
3. Membership Chair, APA Division 2.
4. President, Southwestern Psychological Association.
5. Secretary, Southern Society for Philosophy and Psychology.
6. Consulting Editor: Teaching of Psychology; The Journal of General Psychology.
7. President, Association for Psychological and Educational Research in Kansas.
8. Recipient of national Psi Chi Certificates of Recognition in 1983, 1985, and 1986.
9. Active reviewer for four major journals and six publishing companies.
While these accomplishments may not appear to have directly had .an impact upon the Emporia State Psi Chi Chapter, this certainly is not the case. Such positions and accomplishments have enabled Dr. Davis to introduce chapter members to numerous prominent psychologists we would not have met otherwise. Such contacts have proven quite valuable in the development of our own professional networks.
To put the above in better perspective, it should be noted that Dr. Davis serves as chair of a 15-person department that offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. That Dr. Davis finds the amount of time and energy necessary to advise, challenge, and mentor Ps.l Chi members to the extent described above on a sustained basis is truly remarkable. We are pleased to nominate our chapter advisor, Dr. Stephen F. Davis, for the Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award.
Angela H. Becker, President
Emporia State University Psi Chi Chapter