Psychology professor receives coveted teaching award

In high school‚ Randy Smith decided on psychology as a career path – and never looked back.

Georgia (May 31, 2006) — In high school‚ Randy Smith decided on psychology as a career path – and never looked back.

“I’ve always been interested in trying to understand human behavior‚” Smith said. “I never changed my mind about what to major in once I got into college.”

After earning a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Houston‚ Smith began teaching; thirty years later‚ he’s still in the classroom.

For his dedication to educating future psychologists‚ Smith was recently awarded the prestigious American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching Award. He will receive the honor and give the keynote address at the American Psychological Association’s 114th annual meeting this August in New Orleans.

“This is the highest national honor for teaching in the discipline of psychology‚” Bill Hill‚ director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning‚ said. “It’s just an outstanding achievement.”

Smith began his career at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia‚ Ark.‚ where he spent 26 years. He joined Kennesaw State just three years ago and has witnessed the number of psychology majors grow from 500 to 800 and the number of tenure−track faculty double from nine to 18.

“I’m proud to be building on the reputation that our department has already established for excellence in the teaching of psychology‚” Smith said.


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