Psychology Professor Receives Prestigious Awards

KINGSVILLE - September 22, 2016

Contact: Shelby Purdy
Email: shelby.purdy@tamuk.edu
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Dr. Richard Miller, Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was awarded the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award and also became a 2016 Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 8.

This is the first year the SPSP Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Award has been offered. It recognizes accomplishment in the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate students and is awarded based on nomination letters. A current student, former student and a faculty colleague nominated Miller.

Miller will be recognized at the annual SPSP winter conference for his consistent and successful involvement in student research, having mentored over 300 undergraduate students in social psychological research and co-authored over 70 publications with undergraduates.

“I feel both honored and humbled to have been selected,” Miller said. “My greatest satisfaction as a teacher has been in finding ways to involve undergraduate students in that critical examination and expansion of the knowledge base. I believe that this is the best way to help students understand how science really works,” he said.

Miller’s outstanding contributions also earned him fellow status of APA Division 8.

According to APA, “Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology. Fellow status requires that a person’s work has had a national impact on the field of psychology beyond a local, state or regional level.”

There are 54 divisions, made up of member interest groups in APA. For Division 8, the contribution must be specific to personality or social psychology.

Miller has served as Chair of the Department of Psychology and Sociology at the university for two years. This semester he oversees research in his undergraduate social psychology class and mentors a McNair scholar and two graduate students.

 

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