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Midwestern Regional Vice-President Candidates

First Candidate

Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay

Position Statement
Psi Chi is the go-to place for bright, hardworking students of psychology who want to be the best majors they can be. It is also the home for faculty who are passionate about teaching and student learning. I am completing my first term as Vice-President of Psi Chi and am proud of all that has been accomplished. During my tenure, Psi Chi’s MPA speaker Dr. Albert Bandura broke all attendance records, MPA poster submissions rocketed to over 600, and the Midwest region also has a visible and active presence on Facebook. At the national level, Psi Chi has moved towards creating scholarships for students and motivated student research. There is a lot more I would like to do for psychology majors, to help advance the science of psychology among students and help students capitalize on all the Psi Chi has to offer. I want to help make it easier for psychology majors to find jobs, to get the skills they need to do well in school and work, and I want to help make it easier for students to successfully face the many challenges they have to face whether it be how to best study, how to apply for a job or graduate school, or how to best use psychology to live better. I believe that my experiences serving teachers of psychology and within Psi Chi position me well to serve as Vice-President of the Midwestern Region, and I hope to be afforded the ability to do so.

Biographical Statement
Regan A. R. Gurung is founding faculty advisor of the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay’s Psi Chi Chapter and has been advisor since 2004. He has also served Psi Chi on the National Leadership Conference planning committee, as faculty consultant for many years reviewing grants and applications, and has served on the steering committee for the Midwestern region and as Vice-President. Regan got his BSc in psychology at Carleton College (MN) and then moved to Seattle to get a PhD in social/personality psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He followed that with a postdoctoral position as a health psychologist at UCLA and then got his first academic job at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay where he has been since 1999. Locally he has served as the chair of Psychology, the chair of Human Development, and the associate dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nationally he has served as president of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Regan has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 13 books and over 90 articles and book chapters. He is an award-winning mentor and teacher winning the Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award, Carnegie Association’s Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UW–Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Founder’s Award for Scholarship, UW Teaching-at-its-Best, Creative Teaching, and Featured Faculty Awards. He is also a fellow of the Midwestern Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association, and the Association for Psychological Science.

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Second Candidate

Thomas A. Wrobel, PhD
University of Michigan–Flint

Position Statement
Psi Chi is an amazing organization with an abundance of resources. As a chapter advisor, my responsibilities have been to recruit members and to help them take advantages of the resources available to them. For both goals, persistent effort and communication have been important. Our campus is primarily a commuter campus, and most of our students are working to support themselves through school. Part of successful recruiting has been to prepare to assist students who might be unable to join our chapter for financial reasons. We have never turned a student away who could not afford to join, but rather have been creative in supporting their joining Psi Chi. To take advantages of the available resources through Psi Chi takes communication with the new Psi Chi website at the center of that communication. We try to reach our students through different sources and have been particularly successful in having them present their research at the MPA and APA conventions.

As a regional Psi Chi Vice-President, I would apply the skills I have learned as an advisor to similarly encourage participation and utilization of available resources by the region's chapters and members. The schools in the region need to be supported in maintaining healthy Psi Chi chapters through the Psi Chi web page, social media, and even human contact. The regional Vice-President should help mentor his colleagues and assist them in accessing all Psi Chi has available and facilitate successful chapters mentoring other chapters to achieve success.

Biographical Statement
Thomas A. Wrobel, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan-Flint where he has taught since 1986. Previously he taught at the University of Dayton, Eastern Michigan University, and Wayne State University. He teaches applied area courses such as the Psychology of Death, Health Psychology, Psychological Assessment, and Internship as well as always enjoying Introductory Psychology. His research has included personality assessment with a focus on test validation and response set detection, personality issues in forgiveness, issues in grief, and psychological responses to stress.

He remains honored and excited by his association with Psi Chi. As a charter member of his undergraduate Psi Chi Chapter at Manhattan College, Dr. Wrobel has been involved in Psi Chi for 40 years, the past 20 as the faculty advisor for the University of Michigan-Flint chapter. The chapter has received the Model Chapter Award, the Midwestern Regional Chapter Award, and he has received the Midwestern Regional Faculty Advisor Award. This year the chapter continues its active program ranging from an informational session on graduate school to assisting at a homeless shelter, and collecting gifts for a local children's treatment center.

Dr. Wrobel has enjoyed mentoring students in research which is presented at a regional or national convention, or published. Most gratifying are the students who begin as undergraduate Psi Chi members, go on to graduate school, and become professors themselves. Three of his current department colleagues were undergraduate students of his; one was president of the University of Michigan–Flint's chapter.

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Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD
University of Wisonsin
–Green Bay

 

Thomas A. Wrobel, PhD
University of Michigan–Flint

 


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