Regional Faculty Advisor 2003-04 Award Winners
The Psi Chi Awards Committee is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Regional Faculty Advisor Awards. Listed below is a summary of the backgrounds and accomplishments of these worthy winners.
Phil D. Wann, PhD (bio | letter of nomination)
Missouri Western State College
Christina Sinisi, PhD (bio | letter of nomination)
Charleston Southern University (SC)
|| BIOGRAPHIES OF WINNERS:
Phil D. Wann, PhD, is professor and chair of psychology at Missouri Western State College. He received his BA at the University of Missouri-Columbia and his MA and PhD (1980) in physiological psychology from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Except for a year as a visiting research associate in the Department of Neurology, University of Missouri School of Medicine, he has been at Missouri Western throughout his career.
Dr. Wann established the MWSC Psi Chi chapter in 1989 and has been its faculty advisor since. He has also served Psi Chi as a member of the Midwest Region Steering Committee, as a faculty consultant, and is currently a contributing editor for the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Dr. Wann has received several teaching awards, including the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award. He is a frequent contributor to teaching conferences and routinely involves his students in his research on the neuropsychology of learning and memory. He has coauthored 25 publications or professional conference presentations with undergraduate students and has sponsored more than 100 papers at Psi Chi and other student conferences
Christina Sinisi, PhD, received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hollins College, Virginia, in 1986, and her master's and doctoral degrees from Kansas State University. After completing her degrees, she took a temporary instructor's position at Georgia Southern University. In 1994, she came to Charleston Southern University. She is married to Kyle Sinisi, an associate professor of history at the Citadel, and has two children, Scott, 10, and Lindsey, 6.
The Charleston Southern University chapter of Psi Chi was founded in 1994; Dr. Sinisi became advisor in 1999. She found a core group of students who were excited about psychology and service. As a Baptist university, Charleston Southern's mission stresses service, and Psi Chi has endeavored to integrate that with the society's own focus on science.
Since Dr. Sinisi became advisor of Psi Chi, she and the students have participated in 60 service projects, sponsored 55 speakers, and attended 11 conferences-all of this in fewer than five years! And, in 2003, this very young Psi Chi chapter won the Southeastern Regional Award for small colleges.
Dr. Sinisi wishes to express her gratitude for this award,"to the Lord, the students who took the initiative to submit her name, to the National Psi Chi Office, and to the Academy (I just can't go without humor)!"