Dan Corts, PhD
Psi Chi has built a reputation on its support of undergraduate research; this is exactly what got me excited about becoming a chapter advisor as a freshly minted assistant professor in 2002. Our chapter has benefited greatly from this support by winning research grants and Regional Research Awards, and by attending conferences supported by the Society. Psi Chi rightly values scientific research, and so its reputation is well-deserved and worth maintaining. However, the Society also promotes leadership and social responsibility—values that a discipline focused on human behavior is uniquely positioned to support.
What if Psi Chi built an equally strong reputation for psychology-based service and other forms of experiential learning? The awards program could fund chapter advisors who develop innovative experiential learning, recognize chapters for completing unique, high-impact service projects consistent with our mission, and provide competitive grants to find stipends for student internships with non-profit mental health organizations.
Psi Chi also recognizes that excellence is not tied to geography or income, and that we all benefit from diversity. Could we be more inclusive honor society, or are we doing enough already? Recent boards of directors have done great work to internationalize the Society. Continuing efforts may include increasing financial support for chapters and members in developing countries, and opportunities for members worldwide to connect with each other, perhaps through a "big brother/big sister” program in which a model chapter in the United States provides encouragement and advice to new chapters abroad.
I discovered psychology at Belmont University where I earned my BS, and then completed a PhD in cognition at the University of Tennessee. After a post doc at Furman University, I came to Augustana College. I still recall hearing about a liberal arts college needing someone to teach cognition and statistics—someone with a commitment to undergraduate research. It sounded like my dream job, and I have been here ever since. I continue to study cognition in the lab, but spend more time on interventions designed to improve academic performance and behavior in public schools.
As a graduate student, I would never have guessed that Psi Chi would play such a significant role in my career. However, reflecting on the past ten years, I feel very proud of our chapter’s growth. In 2003, we had one student-authored poster at MPA; more recently, our chapter members have 10–11 presentations each year, usually with at least one Regional Research Award winner. And where else but in Psi Chi would I find students asking me if we could get a small group together between classes to learn multivariate statistics?
Beyond chapter activities, I have served on the Midwestern Steering Committee and Grants and Awards Committee, served as an associate editor for the journal, and I completed one term as Midwestern Vice-President. These experiences have shown me that it takes a team of dedicated individuals to make Psi Chi the effective organization it is, and I would welcome the chance to join that team as President-Elect.
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E. Osborne, PhDPosition Statement
State University–San Marco
hope that every person actively involved in Psi Chi does so out of love
for our discipline and a quest for knowledge. That quest must be
nurtured so that all feel that their contributions are of worth and that
the collective wants, indeed needs, those contributions to stay vital.
Psi Chi is and must continue to be inclusive. This means that we know
that the difference is not only important for the whole, it is
essential. Psi Chi’s expansion from a National to an International Honor
Society in recent years is a wonderful example of this inclusiveness.
position is one of empowerment, communication, active listening, and
follow-through. As Vice President for the Southwestern Region, I worked:
(1) to empower all chapters to add their voice to Psi Chi’s future; (2)
to communicate those voices forward to all levels; (3) to actively
listen, without employing my own biases and filters (as best I can as a
human being, of course!), to what these chapters have to say and offer;
and (4) to follow-through on those communications so that the flow of
information truly moves both ways. I believe if you speak to students
who attended the National Leadership Conference or whom have interacted
with me at SWPA or who have contacted me via the website for advice and
information, they would agree that I have fulfilled these elements of my
former position. I pledge to continue to do so and do so at the
Presidential level if elected.
Osborne received his PhD in social psychology from The University of
Texas at Austin in 1990. He successfully defended his dissertation in
the fall of 1989 while serving as a visiting assistant professor at
Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. After serving two years as an assistant
professor at Phillips University, Dr. Osborne joined the faculty at
Indiana University East in 1992 and was tenured and promoted to
associate professor in 1997. In 2005, Dr. Osborne was promoted to full
professor at Texas State. His background is in social psychology but his
teaching interests range from introductory psychology to forensic
almost three years, Dr. Osborne served as chair of the Behavioral and
Social Science Division at Indiana University East and the Psychology
Department at Texas State from fall 2001 to fall 2005. His colleagues
describe him as endlessly enthusiastic. He himself lives by the motto,
"take your job seriously and yourself lightly.”
Osborne has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, teaching
journals, and applied journals. In addition, his more than 30 books
include textbooks, resource manuals for faculty, study guides for
students, a humor book about nerds and self-esteem, two coedited books
on global security and social justice, and two fantasy adventure novels.
He has served as a regional coordinator for the Midwestern Region and
then president of the National Council of Teachers of Undergraduate
Psychology, served two terms as Southwestern Regional Vice-President of
Psi Chi (from 2008–2012), has been a Psi Chi advisor for over 20 years,
and helped establish the Psi Chi Chapters at Luther College and Indiana
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