Shawn R. Charlton, PhD
University of Central Arkansas
Psi Chi is led by an excellent Board of Directors, an engaged Executive Director, and a Central Office staff that works tirelessly for the Society. It has been an enormous privilege to serve as the Vice-President for the Southwest Region for the past two years. I hope you allow me to represent our region for another term.
As Regional Vice-President for the Southwest Region, I recognize a need for better connecting the chapters in our region with the many resources and opportunities that the Society provides. Over the next two years, I will work to accomplish this by focusing on the following areas of growth from the Psi Chi Strategic Plan—Vision 2020:
- Scholarly Pursuits: I will encourage greater involvement in grants, awards, scholarships, Society research initiatives, and publishing in Psi Chi publications.
- Member Development: I will enhance networking and professional development across the region through regional virtual events.
- Chapter Experiences: I will encourage chapter sharing of activities, service opportunities, and fundraising events at the regional meeting and online.
- Society Sustainability Maintenance of the Infrastructure: I will expand regional communication networks and support Psi Chi's fund-raising efforts.
- Diversity: I will provide increased networking opportunities for our region's international chapters.
There are so many growth opportunities available to our Psi Chi members. Working together, we can meet the strategic objectives of Psi Chi, ensuring that the members in this region enjoy all the privileges that come with membership in the Society.
Student research is critical to the vitality of psychology. I learned the value of research while an undergraduate at Utah State University (BA, 2001). I first supervised student researchers while a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego (master's, 2002; PhD, 2006). I now mentor undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Central Arkansas (2007 to present), where I am an associate professor of psychology, director of Undergraduate Programs in Psychology, and sponsor for the UCA chapter of Psi Chi. Mentoring young psychological scientists and practitioners is the most valued part of my career.
I became faculty sponsor for the UCA chapter of Psi Chi in 2007. Our chapter has received 10 consecutive Model Chapter awards, a Regional Chapter Award, the Ruth Hubbard Cousins Award, and the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. More important than these recognitions, though, is that our students have developed a strong tradition of receiving Psi Chi grants, awards, and scholarships to support their research activities.
Over the past 11 years, I have been actively involved in Psi Chi at all levels. I am completing my first term as Southwest Region Vice-President. I served two terms on the regional steering committee. I now serve on the Faculty Advisor Support and Resources Committee, the Awards Committee, and the Internal Affairs Committee. I am an active reviewer for Psi Chi grants and awards and the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research and have published articles in Eye on Psi Chi.