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NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

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Psychology Faculty Win Teaching Awards

The Society for the Teaching Psychology (APA Division 2) has announced the 2007 recipients of Teaching Excellence Awards including 2 JMU Psychology faculty members.  Tracy Zinn won the Early Career Teaching Excellence Award which goes to someone in their first 5 years of full-time teaching.  Jessica Irons was selected to receive the McKeachie Early Career Award which is given to graduate students.  Jessica will be joining the Psychology department in the Fall of 2007. 

The committee, chaired by Bryan Saville (also of JMU) used the following criteria to select recipients:

  1. Demonstrated influence in interesting students in the field of psychology.
    Documentation could include papers or projects completed by students; evidence of students presenting papers at professional meetings or of students subsequently publishing their work done with this teacher; actions by the teacher, both curricular and co-curricular, intended to increase student interest and involvement in psychology (e.g., encouraging students to major in psychology at a university or college).
  2. Development of effective teaching methods, courses, and/or teaching materials. Documentation could include description and sample of methods, materials, course syllabi, and evidence of their successful utilization.
  3. Outstanding performance as a classroom teacher. Documentation could include student evaluations, enrollment figures, evaluative observations by colleagues, teaching awards, and other forms of prior recognition.
  4. Concerns with professional identity as a teacher of psychology. This might be seen as professional activity on or away from campus, including publication of articles on teaching, stimulation of student research, community presentations about psychology, attendance at professional meetings or workshops relevant to the teaching of psychology, or memberships in organizations indicating such identification.