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Summary of Departmental Highlights & Faculty Achievements

(Fall 1998 - Spring 2001) (See Also, Annual Report 2001-2002)

The Psychology faculty of the University of West Georgia aims to fulfill the three primary functions of University Faculty in teaching, professional development and service to the institution. We also aim to extend the disciplinary horizons of psychology through scholarly research, publication, and presentations in humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, theoretical psychology, phenomenological psychology, and other “post-positivistic” paradigms. The Department assumes this responsibility as part of its founding mandate as a nationally and internationally known center of humanistic/transpersonal psychology. Recently the Department has expanded this more traditional scholarly mandate to include increased efforts at community outreach and intervention, cross-cultural and cultural research and development and, in keeping with University goals, to more aggressively foster student research, involvement in scholarly activities and pre-professional development. The following summation of faculty and Departmental achievements reflect the above goals and aspirations as evidence in the areas of professional development and service.

Professional Development

Traditional Scholarship

As indicated above, the Department sees itself as part of a broader movement that includes humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, critical psychology and aims to broaden the disciplinary scope of mainstream psychology, most particularly in its almost exclusive assumption of the natural science model to understand the psychology of human beings. As such, the Department maintains a national profile in Divisions 32, 24 and 30 of the American Psychological Association, and related professionals organizations, and its faculty are highly active nationally and internationally in their areas of specialization.

Since Fall semester of 1998, the faculty of the Department of Psychology have published eight books. These books include three single-authored books, one co-authored book, and four co-edited texts. The faculty of the Psychology Department have published or have in press twenty-nine refereed articles in journals in their fields of expertise. As well, the faculty have published twenty-six book chapters. The Department has been responsible for forty shorter publications both reviewed and non-reviewed, including numerous book reviews and essays for professional organizations. Including the 1998 annual convention of the American Psychological Association, the faculty has given one hundred and sixteen presentations nationally, internationally, locally, or regionally. On average then in the past three years, the faculty have produced 2.5 books, 9.6 refereed journal articles, 8.6 book chapters, 12.5 shorter pieces, and 38 presentations per year. At the same time, our faculty have carried a twelve hour teaching load, maintained the largest graduate program in the College of Arts & Sciences, the largest Psychology Masters program in the state of Georgia and the overall largest major in Arts & Sciences. The number of faculty has hovered around 14 with two positions being temporary full-time (with notable productivity from these two faculty who have moved to tenure-track, full-time). One position, since Fall 1999, has been moved to administration - Dr. Donadrian Rice has been serving as Acting Associate Vice President in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

It must be noted that faculty are active at all levels of their profession. For example, Dr. Larry Schor works closely with the state licensing board for Licensed Professional Counselors and as Coordinator of Therapeutic Services works as well with the Georgia Association of Masters in Psychology (GAMP). He has organized workshops at state meetings for counselors and clinicians but also has presented at the national meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Eric Dodson has given a keynote address for the Association for Humanistic Psychology (AHP) and has become a major player in this pioneering national organization of humanistic psychologists. In this regard, he follows in the footsteps of Mike Arons who was also quite active in AHP. Dr. Chris Aanstoos is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and was Past-President of Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) of the APA. He currently serves on the executive board of Division 32 and is the editor of the division’s journal, The Humanistic Psychologist, an official publication of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt also serves on the executive board of Division 32; Don Rice has served on this board as minority liaison during the time period under review. Dr. Rice is also a member at large for Division 30 (Clinical Hypnosis) of the APA. Dr. Kareen Malone has served on the executive committee and program committee of Division 24 (Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association; recently, she has also been nominated for Fellow status in the APA. Drs. Lisa Osbeck and Kareen Malone are on an affiliates subcommittee (ad hoc) for the executive board of Division 24 and Dr. Jeff Reber is 2001 program co-chair of Division 24 for the American Psychological Association’s annual convention. In August 2000, the faculty in the Department of Psychology accounted for eight presentations at the annual meeting of the APA. In sum, the Department is highly active professionally at the national level in framing the future of humanistic psychological and of related critical perspectives.

The publications noted above as well as many other presentations and activities are directed toward articulating innovative scholarship and research to expand and deepen the field of psychology in our areas of expertise. Evidence of the success of our efforts and of our reputations beyond the Department can be seen in the quantity and quality of book chapters and peer reviewed publications. Dr. Christopher Aanstoos, for example, wrote three encyclopedia entries in philosophy and psychology. It may also be seen in the Departmental presence on a number of editorial boards despite the fact that we are a young faculty with six positions at the assistant level, four at the associate level, and three full professors. Since 1998, members of our faculty have been appointed to or are continuing on 12 editorial boards (Aanstoos, Arons, Hart, Kunkel, Malone, Puhakka). The faculty have enjoyed numerous invitations for ad hoc reviews from major journals in psychology (e.g., Psychological Methods, Journal of Social and Personal Relations, History of Psychology); in women’s studies (Signs); in psychoanalysis (Psychoanalytic Studies, Journal for the Psychoanalysis of Society and Culture); from publishing houses such as Sage, University of New York Press, and Wesleyan University Press; and one faculty member (Malone) has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other evidence of our professional involvement is seen in the Department’s organization of Old
Saybrook 2 [OS-2], an international conference commemorating the founding of humanistic psychology and looking towards it future vision in the next millenium. Over 130 persons attended from places as diverse as China, Russia, Australia, Italy, and India. As well, persons from throughout the United States came to the area. The conference cleared approximately $12,000.00, half of which was returned to the Department’s Foundation fund. Drs. Eric Dodson and Mike Arons served as program co-chairs. In 1999, Dr. Aanstoos was program co-chair for a Symposium for Qualitative Research in Perugia, Italy. Two other faculty, Drs. Dillon and Hart, are organizing an International Conference on Childhood Spirituality for Fall of 2002. The Department regularly sponsors the Jim Klee Forum, featuring nationally-known speakers in alternative psychologies and this program is attended by professionals, alumni, and students from throughout the region.

A number of faculty are professionally accredited:

Dr. Donadrian Rice - Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Dr. Larry Schor - Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Psychologist, Registered Counselor Supervisor
Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt - Licensed Professional Counselor
Dr. Mark Kunkel - Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Moving out to the Community: New Horizons

As the Department has continued to expand the humanistic paradigm, it has increasingly understood its future in terms of developing theoretically cogent out-reach programs in the surrounding community. These programs are both research- and action-based and involve scholarship and research at the student and faculty levels. Such initiatives fully take on the question of values and ethics and attempt to integrate the humanistic ideal of the whole person as a conscious self-determining being into a broader social context. The Department hopes to offer alternatives to more mechanistic/problem solving approaches to social interventions and develop more participatory models.

* Our first initiative entails an alliance with the Papillon Center in Whitesburg, GA, a resort that has developed collaborative relations with the Departments of Psychology, Sociology and Nursing at the University of West Georgia to offer workshops and training related to long-term care-giving and with respect to other issues in community psychology, mediation, educational transformation, spirituality, and psychotherapy. Mike Arons, other members of the Department, and Don Johnson (CEO of Papillon) have spearheaded the development of PAPILLON LIFE ENRICHMENT CENTER. Papillon represents a new dimension for realization, exploration and professional development of the Psychology Department, University of West Georgia, and humanistic-transpersonal and related visions.

* Drs. Hart & Dillon have co-founded a program which provides volunteers from among the SUWG population to tutor Carrollton Elementary School students and have obtained funding to coordinate this program. Both Hart and Dillon publish widely in child development and education.

* Dr. Dillon coordinated with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Atlanta to provide mentors for needy youth in relationship to his classes in Psychological Growth and Development.

* Dr. Anne Richards has been named a Paul Harris Rotary Fellow for community service, including her service as a volunteer mediator at the Carroll County Magistrate Court.

* Dr. Larry Schor began an adolescent support/psychotherapeutic group for friends of suicide victims at a local high school. He also coordinated and established a community emergency response team in conjunction with the Tanner Behavioral Health Care that looks to address psychological as well as physical effects of disasters and social upheaval. A national presentation and a publication for Voices emerged from this work.

* Dr. Elena Mustakova-Possardt founded the Georgia Health Realization Center that offers intensive workshops training a new generation of health care professionals in an innovative integrative psycho-educational modality of prevention and intervention at the state and regional level. She also worked to found the Institutes for the Healing of Racism and brought to campus a leading figure in the healing of racism movement (with funds from the Vice President’s Office). She has joined the Brookwood Coalition (a collaboration of faculty and students from the Departments of Anthropology, Foreign Languages, Nursing and now Psychology) that helps integrate the Brookwood residential community, a transitional immigrant community into the broader Carrollton community. In this capacity she supervises psychology interns and initiates work aimed at developing community and a sense of empowerment among residents. A national presentation emerged from her work with the Institutes for the Healing of Racism.

* Dr. Donadrian Rice is a board member of the Community Children’s Home (Alice’s House), Black Men Encouraging Success (BEST), and the Rotary Club of Carrollton.

Grants & Funding: Applied and Funded

Elena Mustakova-Possardt
*American Council of Learned Societies - $25,000. (Under review)
*MacArthur Foundation on Global Security and Sustainability - $75,000. (Under review)
*International Research & Exchange - $3,000. (Under review)
Tobin Hart
*STEP grant (FDE) to support research and course development in Education and Psychology. $1,000. Received 2000-2001.
*Teaching Learning Committee for undergraduate research assistant to serve as Volunteer Coordinator. $1,600. Received 2000-2001. *Neurofeedback LRC Grant for the purchase of Biofeedback equipment to start Biofeedback Lab. $700. Received 1999-2000.

Larry Schor
* Grant to co-develop eCore statewide access to PSYC 1101 course taught exclusively in an on-line environment. Received $7,500. (2000-2001).
* Lap-top computer grant to complete distance-learning proposal. Received $1,500. (1999-2000)
Chris Aanstoos
* Annual grants between $2,666.- $10,400. (as needed) from Division 32 of the American Psychological Association paid to Darby Press for publication of The Humanistic Psychologist.

Service to the Institution

The Psychology Department faculty demonstrate an impressive commitment to service in a broad array of capacities and at all levels of service. We include in this category service to the University as an institutional whole, service to the College of Arts & Sciences, and service to the Department of Psychology itself. These contributions are especially impressive given the fact that ours is a relatively young faculty, with several members who were originally hired on temporary contracts and six who have joined the faculty since 1998.

University Level

Chris Aanstoos
Chair, Committee to Evaluate Dean of Graduate School (2000)
Member, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Committee (1998 to present)
Judge for Big Night (2000)
Departmental Representative to the Committee on Graduate Studies (COGS) (1998 to present)

Jim Dillon
Member, Student Services Committee (1999 to present)
Advisor, Freshman Center (1998 to present)
Presenter of talk to first-year students entitled “How to Talk to Professors” (2000)
Coordinator, Learning Community (1999-2001)

Eric Dodson
Participant, Responsible Sexuality Committee program panel on Internet Dating (2001)
Elected member, University Matters Committee (1999-2000)
Faculty Advisor to SUWG Chess Club (1999-2001)
Faculty Representative to Judicial Committee (1999-2000)
Faculty Advisor to SUWG Philosophical Society (1998-1999)
Faculty Advisor to SUWG Jugglers (1998-1999)

Tobin Hart
Member, Advisory Board, Advanced Academy of Georgia (1998 to present)
Featured Speaker, Fall Academic Orientation, Advanced Academy of Georgia (Fall 2000)

Daniel Helminiak
Co-Chair, Responsible Sexuality Committee (2000-2002)

Kareen Malone
Member, Advisory Board, Advanced Academy of Georgia (2000 to present)
Member, Learning Resources Committee (2000 to present)
Member, Program Review Self-Study Committee, Departmental and through Vice President’s Office (Spring 2000 to present)
Departmental representative for Visitation Day, November (1999, 2000)
Invited Speaker for Orientation Colloquium, Advanced Academy of Georgia (Fall 1998)
Member, Search Committee for Program Director of the Advanced Academy (Spring-Summer, 1999).
Member, Responsible Sexuality Committee (1998-1999)
Invited participant for Responsible Sexuality Committee program panel (Fall, 1998; 1999)
Judge for Big Night (2001)

Don Medeiros
Head Coach, men’s Cross-Country (1998 to present)
Head Coach, Women’s Cross-Country (1998 to present)
Head Coach, Men’s Track (1998 to present)
Head Coach, Women’s Track (1998 to present)
Member, Institutional Studies and Planning Committee (2000 to present)
Member, Committee to Evaluate Vice President of Finance (2001)

Elena Mustakova-Possardt
Founder, Institutes for the Healing of Racism at SUWG ( a clearing where students from different racial backgrounds can come together to create a climate of dialogue and healing) (1998 to present)
Member, Faculty Senate (1998-1999)
Member, Faculty and Adminstrative Staff Personnel Committee (1998-1999)
Member, European Union Certificate Committee (2000 to present)

Jeff Reber
Member, Campus Sexual Assault Response Team (2001 to present)

Don Rice
Acting Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (1999-2001)
Chair, SACS Committee for Institutional Effectiveness (2000 to present)
Chair, Committee to Evaluate Dean of Arts & Sciences (1999-2000)
Chair, Committee to Evaluate Vice President for University Advancement (2000)
Chair, Enrollment Management Committee (1999-2001)
Member, Committee to Select Vice President for Student Services (2000?)
Moderator, Responsible Sexuality Committee Program on Internet Dating (2001)

Anne Richards
Elected Member, Faculty and Administrative Staff Personnel Committee (1999-2001)
Faculty Advisor, Omicron Delta Kappa, Honorary Leadership Society (1999-2001)
Member, Responsible Sexuality Committee (1998- to present)
Invited presenter on “Male/Female Relationships” (Strozier Hall, November 17, 1998).
Invited presenter on “Interpersonal Communication: Communicating for Success” (Freshman Center, Fall, 2000)

Larry Schor
Elected member, University of West Georgia Faculty Senate (2000 to present)
Member, Institutional Studies and Planning Committee (2000 to present)

College of Arts & Sciences

Chris Aanstoos
Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee (1999-2000)
Member, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Committee (DATES?)

Jim Dillon
Member, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Executive Committee (1999 to present)

Tobin Hart
Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee (2000-2002)

Daniel Helminiak
Member, Faculty Advisory Committee (2000 to present)

Kareen Malone
Member, Executive Committee, College of Arts & Sciences (1999-2000)
Member, Writing Across the Curriculum (July, 1995 - Spring 1999)
Member, Subcommittee on Faculty Workload & Research - ad hoc (Fall 2000)

Elena Mustakova-Possardt
Member, Global Studies Committee (1999 to present)

Anne Richards
Elected Secretary, Arts & Sciences Executive Committee (2000-2001)

Departmental Level

Chris Aanstoos
Chair, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (1998-2000)
Library Co-Liaison (1998)
Library Liaison (1999 to present)
Member, Graduate Admissions Committee (1998 to present)
MC, Jim Klee Forum (1999)
Member, Committee to Develop Enhanced Research Track (2000-2001)
Papillon Representative (2000 to present)
Co-Chair, Search Committee (2000, 2001)

Jim Dillon
Coordinator of Undergraduate Advisement (1999 to present)
Co-Chair, Search Committee (2000, 2001)
Member, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (2000 to present)
Coordinator, Psychology Department Movie Group (1999 to present)
Coordinator, Psychology Department Meditation Group (1998 to present)

Eric Dodson
Member, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (2000-2001)
Member, Humanistic Praxis Coordinating Committee (2000-2001)
Recruitment Officer for Association for Humanistic Psychology (2001)
Editorial Supervisor for The Crucible (2000-2001)
Conference Chair for Old Saybrook 2 Conference (1998-2000)
Technology Liaison (1996-2001)
Chair, Scholarship Award Committee for the Humanistic Psychology Award (1998 to present)
Founder and Organizer of Dionysian Reading Groups (1997-2000)
Founder and Editor, The Crucible (1996-1999)

Tobin Hart
Coordinator of SPARC (1999 to present)
Coordinator of Biofeedback Lab (2000 to present)
Member, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (1998 to present)
Member, Humanistic Praxis Coordinating Committee (2000-2001)
Member, Space Committee (2000-2001)

Daniel Helminiak
Co-Coordinator, Jim Klee Forum (2000-2001)
Member, Humanistic Praxis Coordinating Committee (2000 to present)
Member, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (2000-2001)
Liaison to Kudos column, Campus Chronicle (2000 to present)

Mark Kunkel
Member, Program Review Self-Study Committee (2000-2001)
Chair, Student Awards Committee (2000 to present)
Member, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (2000 to present)
Member, Humanistic Praxis Coordinating Committee (2000 to present)
Coordinator, Brown Bag Lunch Series (2000 to present)

Kareen Malone
Interim Chair, Psychology Department (Fall, 1999 - Summer, 2001)
Library Co-Liaison (Fall, 1998 - Spring 1999)
Coordinator, Departmental Colloquia (Fall, 1998 - Fall, 1999)

Don Medeiros
Member, Program Review Self-Study Committee (2001)
Chair, Space Committee (2001)

Elena Mustakova-Possardt
Member, Doctoral Program Proposal Committee (2000 to present)
Papillon Representative (2000 to present)
Coordinator, Jim Klee Forum (1998)
Facilitator, Women’s Spirituality Group (2000 to present)
Member, Humanistic Praxis Coordinating Committee (2000 to present)

Lisa Osbeck
Member, Committee to Develop Enhanced Research Track (2000-2001)
Member, Program Review Self-Study Committee (2001)
Member, Space Committee (2001)
Coordinator, Departmental Colloquia (2000 to present)

Jeff Reber
Faculty Advisor, Psi Chi Honor Society (2000 to present)
Member, Program Review Self-Study Committee (2000-2001)

Anne Richards
Coordinator, Program Review Self-Study Committee (2000-2001)

Larry Schor
Coordinator of Therapeutic Services (2000 to present)
Co-Coordinator, Jim Klee Forum (2000-2001)

Departmental Activities and Department-Sponsored Student Research

* In Spring 2000, the Psychology Department sponsored the “Old Saybrook 2" [0S-2] conference commemorating the founding of Humanistic Psychology and looking towards its future vision in the next millennium. Over 130 persons attended from places as diverse as China, Russia, Italy, and India. As well, persons from throughout the United States came to the area. The Jim Klee Forum speaker was John Rowan from Great Britain. The conference cleared approximately $12,000., half of which was returned to the Department’s Foundation Fund.

* For a decade, the Department has sponsored the Jim Klee Forum. This forum which has invited featured guest speakers with national and international reputations in transpersonal, humanistic, and existential psychology, draws scholars, students and alumni from throughout the Southeast region. Noted speakers have included Stanislav Grof, Jean Houston, David Miller, Mike Arons, Stan Krippner, Michael Katz, and Clark Moustakas.

* For the past three years, the Department has organized SPARC, a student research conference for graduates and undergraduates. (See pages 1-14 and 1-18 for more on this program which strongly supports the goal of encouraging student research.)

* In the year 2001, graduate students from the Department submitted proposals to the national meeting of the American Psychological Association. Even though the competition was against doctoral students, one Masters student (Philip Mancus) had his paper accepted by the peer review convention review committee and will be presenting in August, 2001.

* Kareen Malone, as Responsable of the Atlanta Circle of the École freudienne de Quebec worked with graduate students in a Lacanian reading group over Summer 2000. The working group resulted in two publications. Clay Bohnet and Philip Mancus (MA students, Psychology), both had articles published in a peer-reviewed journal, Correspondences: Courier d L’École freudienne de Quebec (Volume 2, #3, October 2000).