Chair’s Report 2014

Doctoral Education and Philanthropy t_RowlandThis is my last newsletter as Chair, and I want to take this opportunity to talk about the critical role of philanthropy in today’s academic climate, especially as it relates to doctoral education, and to thank some of our donors. First, some news. The UF graduate school collects annually from the 80+ doctoral programs various statistics about graduate students and their progress to Ph.D. These are then grouped into quartiles for each program, and one metric of excellence is the number of top quartile minus the number of bottom quartile “scores”. This year we are #1 with a score of +6. Yes, you can argue that the measure is not perfect – none are – but clearly Psychology is doing very well. Further, for Psychology departments nationally, listed UF as #10; this survey is based primarily on satisfaction responses of recent graduates. But we can be better! Read More »

Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Mintz

Mintz_NewsletterLaurie Mintz arrived at the University of Florida in October 2011, after 21 years at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While Mintz reports that leaving such deep personal and professional roots was initially difficult, she is now “fully a Gator” and loves being part of the UF Department of Psychology. Her full immersion is evidenced by the fact that she already has six graduate students and that in August 2013, she assumed the role of Associate Department Chairperson. Read More »