From the Department Head
It takes a village....
We have a lot to catch up on, a year since our last newsletter – talented new faculty, outstanding achievements, and exciting advances in research, undergraduate education, and community engagement. Undoubtedly, a highlight of the last year was Dr. Carol Barnes’ election to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a first for the Psychology Department and one of only fourteen current NAS memberships at the University of Arizona! Congratulations, Carol!
Also notable this last year was the completion of our seven-year Academic Program Review in January 2018. The report from the review panel, which included top psychology professors from across the country, highlighted the great strengths of the Psychology Department in research, teaching, outreach, and development, and diversity. Our reviewers were particularly impressed with our collaborative and collegial atmosphere, our emphasis on consensus-building and problem-solving, and our entrepreneurial spirit. They wrote “The vulcanization that characterizes many departments nationwide has been broken down, leading to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts—with research initiatives characterized by interdisciplinarity and cross-cutting educational themes that harness strengths, relate to health and well-being (mind, brain, lives), and promote outreach and engagement.”
It really does take a village – collectively our faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students have contributed their energy, enthusiasm, and countless hours of work towards making our Department truly outstanding. Now we’re looking ahead to the next seven years, so that we can continue to find innovative ways to build excellence into everything we do.
Lee Ryan, Ph.D.